I’m visiting Dhaka to pay tribute to language martyrs

Prioty tells New Age

Ershad Kamol
Maksuda Akhter Prioty  poses with Ms Earth band. — Snigdha Zaman

Maksuda Akhter Prioty poses with Ms Earth band. — Snigdha Zaman

The Ms Earth International winner Maksuda Akhter Prioty said she timed her latest trip to Dhaka to coincide with the celebrations of the International Mother Language Day, so she can pay tribute to her homeland and the language martyrs.
Prioty, now living in Ireland, became the first runner-up of Ms Earth contest held in Jamaica last year, beating contestants from 65 countries. She was declared Ms Earth International by the Mrs/Ms International Beauty Pageant authorities on Wednesday, considering her charity work since the competition was held in October.
‘It’s a great achievement in my life and I want to share it with the people of Bangladesh, the country of my birth and my love,’ she said while visiting the New Age office on Wednesday.
‘After winning the beauty pageant in Jamaica, I decided to come and pay tribute to my homeland. I thought participating in the language day celebrations would be a good way to do that.
‘The trip came with a bundle of opportunities – I got the chance to celebrate Pahela Phalgun with thalassemia patients at the Bangladesh Thalassemia Foundation on February 13. The following day, I went to the Amar Ekushey Grantha Mela and was delighted to join hundreds of revellers celebrating the Valentine’s Day at Dhaka University.’
This is the first time that she went to the annual book fair, Prioty said.
‘I migrated to Ireland at the age of 12 and enrolled at an Irish school in 2000. Before that, I lived in a hostel in Dhaka and never actually had the chance to join the celebrations of Pahela Phalgun or Valentine’s Day here,’ she said.
‘In Ireland, we celebrate these occasions with friends and post photos on the social media sites. But, to be frank, I have always wanted to join the celebrations in Dhaka. And the experience, so far, has been amazing.’
Prioty further said she completed her graduation in business management from the Institute of Technology of Tallaght in Dublin. The mother-of-two also lives in Dublin. Following a series of ups and downs in her life, she came into the limelight in 2014 with her Ms Ireland 2014 win.
‘I have been always interested in modelling and events like beauty pageants. But it’s the charity work that gives me a sense of involvement with my society. Professionally, though, I’m a pilot trainer and I try to alternate between my passion and profession without disturbing the flow of neither,’ she said.
Still, she said, she pays special attention to charity works and social awareness raising activities both in Ireland and Bangladesh. ‘In 2014, I visited a project for the underprivileged children in Narayanganj. I love Bangladesh and its people though I live in Ireland,’ she said.
She also said she is currently acting in films directed by the Irish director Ciran Devies. She is also scheduled to be painted by the internationally acclaimed Irish artist Jim Fitzpatrick, who earned fame for his iconic two-tone portrait of Che Guevara.
‘I’m really lucky that he has chosen me as the model for his portrait paintings,’ she said, adding she has no immediate plan to appear in any local film project.

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