A South African is yet to take the crown at the Miss International pageant but when the judges gather in Japan this year, they are going to have a hard time seeing past our Dr. Ferini Dayal.

This week we sat down with medical practitioner and Miss International South Africa titleholder, Dr Ferini Dayal as she chats to us about her journey in medicine, her hopes for the future and why she decided to enter pageantry.

From a young age, Dr Ferini knew what she wanted out of life. 

“I knew that medicine was my calling when I was very young,” explains Ferini, “I was always the person that wanted to help someone else.”

Realising that medicine was her calling, Ferini applied to study medicine in 2011. Unfortunately, she was declined acceptance to medicine.

Refusing to let that stop her, Ferini pursued a bachelor’s degree in Biomedical Sciences in 2014 and via the Graduate Entry Medical Programme, she entered the third year class of medicine and graduated in 2018 with a Bachelors of Medicine and Surgery from the University of Witwatersrand. 

Following her graduation, Ferini completed her two years of internship at Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital and her community service doctor in Voslorus at Thelle Mogoerane Hospital. 

Saving, reconstructing and improving lives has and continues to be her daily reality It helps that she reflects lifestyle choices which are good for her patients.

“Being a doctor, I think that it is really important that we advocate for health, I do that by remaining healthy as much as possible,” she says, “I do my best to eat as healthily as I can, to try to go to gym when I can but also mentally.” 

But what made the young doctor decide to enter pageantry?

“I entered because I feel I have something to show the world,” Ferini explains, “my intent for this competition is that internationally, they represent humanitarian and cultural work, which I am interested in as a doctor.”

As she prepares for Miss International, Ferini decided to collaborate with OM Style Avenue. Established by designer and creative director, Orapeleng Modutle, the brand’s aim is to ensure that African inspired products are easily available on the global market. 

For a general surgeon who spends all day in scrubs, Ferini’s earned the right to [a little] bling.

Dr. Dayal heads for Japan on a wave of good wishes from her patients, in the pride of South African design and here’s to wishing her every success.



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