Fairview Alum Competes in Miss World 2013
Fairview 2009 graduate Ishani Shrestha represented Nepal in the Miss World pageant in Indonesia this year. “Here, she was a cheerleader,” said Venus Shrestha, Ishani’s mother. “She always wanted to be Miss Nepal.” Growing up in Nepal, Shrestha was a child actress and had roles in six films. She won awards for two of her roles. She also has two twin siblings, who she calls in her Miss World biography, “my greatest life teachers.” After high school, Shrestha returned to her homeland of Nepal to study dentistry. “She wants to work in the rural areas for the children,” said Mrs. Shrestha. Shrestha, 22, also organized Project Smile, a free dental camp in Jumla, Nepal. There, she spread awareness of the importance of oral health and hygiene to people “disconnected from many privileges that I grew up with,” as she explains in a video for the project. Shrestha is also the Young Conservation Ambassador for the World Wildlife Fund. In March this year, Shrestha was chosen out of 18 contestants as Miss Nepal in Kathmandu. This qualified her to compete in the Miss World Pageant, which ended September 28. “When she found out, I was so happy,” said Mrs. Shrestha. “When I heard that news, I was very happy and excited. Inwardly, I wanted to tell everyone!” added Ishani’s father, Babu Shrestha. Shrestha made it as a Top-Ten Semi-Finalist in the Miss World competition. “She can be an inspiration for Fairview too,” said her parents. As Shrestha’s biography says, “My life is an adventure… and I plan to keep it that way." You can watch Shrestha’s video diary for Project Smile at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tUolejzdixk.
[caption id="attachment_9445" align="alignnone" width="300"] Babu and Venus Shrestha visit Fairview. Photo credit: Raine Kennedy[/caption]