Pageant girl's mother slams critics
Published 20/09/2010 | 12:14
The mother of a Welsh schoolgirl who caused a stir when she won America's Perfect Teen has dismissed critics for having "sour grapes".
Anysha Panesar, 16, beat teenagers from all over the US to win the title at the pageant in Florida, where she was on holiday with her family.
Her mother Caroline Panesar, 41, on Monday said people who thought a British contestant should not have won were jealous.
"I did not hear anyone say anything nasty about her being British when we were there but I have heard it since and it is sour grapes. You are always going to get that, it is the nature of competition.
"For every person who says 'well done' there will be someone who complains behind her back."
Mrs Panesar said her daughter, whose Moulin Rouge-themed birthday party featured in the MTV programme My Super Sweet Sixteen, was stunned by her win.
"Anysha has competed in a few pageants at home, she was spotted at the Clothes Show two years ago and won a catwalk competition and since then she has done a few other things. She was crowned Miss Teen Wales and she entered another pageant while we were in America and was first runner up.
"Since we were already in Florida, we thought we might as well stay for her to try a bigger pageant so she spoke to the director of Perfect Teen who said he was happy to take an international contestant."
Anysha, a student at Howell's School in Cardiff, had a pageant coach to teach her all the right moves for the competition.
She won a 20,000 US dollar (£12,800) scholarship to study broadcasting in the US, a modelling contract and a 2,000 dollar cash prize (£1,280), as well as a sash and crown and a host of other prizes.