By Elizabeth Tinley
Seated on the settee in her Galadari Hotel suite Tatana Kucharova, better known as Miss World 2006, shows no signs of her demanding schedule of international travel and press appearances. In Sri Lanka for a short goodwill tour and to make a guest appearance at last Saturday's Fashion Statement 2007 event, she is a vision of good health and vitality as she settles down to answer the Daily Mirror's questions.
After taking the crown in October at the 56th Miss World Pageant in Warsaw, Poland, the Czech-born blonde still seems genuinely surprised at the accolade. "There were 106 beautiful girls in the competition and I came into it thinking that I just wanted to be there and to experience it and have fun. I never thought it was possible that I would win and I just couldn't believe it, it was indescribable!"
The itinerary of each new Miss World is famously punishing and her manager Marcus Agar mentions with a good-natured chuckle that in a single week she had previously managed to make appearances in America, Europe, Russia and China. It is enough to make even the harshest pageant critics consider the realities of being a beauty Queen.
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