Recent acting and film graduate Evanjelin Elchmanar will be representing the United Kingdom at the 60th Miss International stage where she will be competing with more than 65 countries and regions in Japan in 2022.
She works as a model, philanthropist and is the director of her charity organization, ‘E. Francia Community Welfare LTD’, where she has raised over £75,000 over 7 years for numerous charities that support the homeless, children and women who have suffered sexual and domestic violence.
She has recently raised £15,000 to fund the build of a new home for a single mother of two in Sri Lanka.
Evanjelin plans to visit Sri Lanka in March where she can help build a community centre where children have a safe space that offers tuition, food and extracurricular activities. Through her philanthropy, she is in the process of creating a sustainable fashion line where 20% will go to charitable causes.
Miss International is one of the most prestigious pageants in the world, they have established the ‘Miss International Fund’ which donates money to underprivileged children around the world, through Unicef and other charity institutions. “Becoming Miss International UK was one of my goals ever since starting my journey in 2015,” she says.
Evanjelin entered her first pageant - Miss Teen Inspiration UK - placing top 8 at the age of 14. She then went on to compete at Miss Junior Teen Great Britain where she placed 1st runner up in 2016.
At the age of 16, she won the title of Miss Teen Great Britain 2017/18. She was the youngest and the first woman of colour to win the prestigious title.
“As a British Sri Lankan woman,” she says, “I want to champion the voices of inclusiveness and diversity now more than ever. Growing up I tried to hide my culture and change my appearance to fit into societies unrealistic Beauty standards.”