AS it nears the middle of April, Miss India Fiji Sheryl Kumar prepares herself to take on one of the largest global pageant platforms — the Miss India Worldwide Pageant.
Speaking from her item rehearsal at the University of the South Pacific, Ms Kumar said she felt nervous but excited about her experience.
"I'm hopeful for the pageant. I've prepared for it well and I really hope to be able to represent Fiji," Ms Prasad said.
Ms Prasad will be representing Fiji at the pageant which is scheduled to be held in Malaysia between April 20 and 28.
"I feel that so long as I carry myself with confidence, keep my stamina and try my best, there's nothing to be scared about," she said.
The 20-year-old who is a student at USP said much of her thanks went out to her family.
"I've had tremendous support from my family, friends and directors throughout the entire process.
"I've also gained much support and guidance from my dance teachers who have continued to help me through item rehearsals," she added.
Ms Kumar told The Fiji Times that she would depart for Malaysia on April 18 alongside one of her directors, Aliyah Jan.
The pageant is eight days long, highlighted by photo shoots, tours through Kuala Lumpur and networking dinners, among other events.
When asked about a message she wished to leave for other young women, Ms Kumar spoke of the importance of confidence and determination.
"If you think you've got it, honestly just go for it. It's not all about beauty — it's about touching the hearts of others and showing the world what you have to offer.
A large part of this is also realising that it's not all about winning, but more about the experience and learning it gives you," she said.