Recently crowned Miss India Worldwide UK, Niharica Raizada continues to be engaged with her job in stem cell research at a London hospital, is a case of beauty and brains coming together.
The 24-year-old, who works at Hammersmith Hospital, believes being beautiful is just not enough.
"Maybe it is the peer pressure in India these days that pushes the women to be acknowledged as smart, independent, highly qualified individuals," the Telegraph quoted Raizada as saying.
She added: "There is a sense that, having only relatively recently achieved greater parity with the boys, we now have a need to prove ourselves. It is not enough just to be seen to be a beauty or a home maker."