Making Miss Universe's Top 16 a dream come true for Singapore undergrad

Ms Nandita Banna said she relished the chance to "show the world that Singaporeans are not just brainy people, STEM or work-oriented". PHOTO: AFP
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SINGAPORE - Shock and disbelief coursed through Miss Universe Singapore Nandita Banna when she made history by placing in the Top 16 of the beauty pageant.

When the show's host Steve Harvey announced her name at the pageant in Eilat, Israel, on Dec 13, she was stunned - Singapore had not made it to the semi-finals in 34 years.

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