Vaidehi Dongre, a resident of Troy, Michigan, was crowned Miss India USA 2021. The 25 year old graduated from University of Michigan majoring in International Studies and is employed as Business Development Manager with a major corporation. “I want to leave a positive lasting impact on my community and focus on women’s financial independence and literacy” Vaidehi said. Vaidehi also was awarded Miss Talented award for her flawless performance of Indian Classical Dance Kathak. Vaidehi is pursuing M.A. in Kathak at Bharti Vidyapeeth, Pune.
Arshi Lalani, 20, from Georgia, who suffers from brain tumor, dazzled every one with her performance and confidence, was declared first runner up while North Carolina’s Mira Kasari became the second runner up.
At the beauty pageant, school teacher Swathy Vimalkumar from Connecticut was declared Mrs. India USA 2021. Sonal Dua from North Carolina was the first runner up while Sunitha Shambulingappa from Virginia was declared second runner up for this title.
Navya Paingol,17, from Michigan was crowned with Miss Teen India USA 2021. Aashna Shah from Florida was the first runner up while Asees Kaur from Virginia was declared second runner up for this title.
61 contestants from 30 states participated in three different pageants – Miss India USA, Mrs. India USA and Miss Teen India USA. Winners of all three categories gets complimentary tickets to Mumbai to take part in worldwide pageants, also organized by this organization, in October this year.
Florida state director Hemant M Pandya was overwhelmed by the results. He said, “After taking Franchise for Florida in 2017, Florida has produced 2 winners and 3 runners-up with many subtitles”. He believes in giving platform to Indian origin younger girls so that they can be connected to their roots through such pageants.
Started by New York based eminent Indian Americans Dharmatma and Neelam Saran, under the banner of Worldwide Pageants around 40 years ago. Miss India USA is the longest running running Indian pageant outside of India. This year pageant was presented by Yash Pandya, a young corporate professional. It was a full house show with over 500 people in attendance. This was the first major in person event after pandemic. Winners of the pageants here have gone to act in various Bollywood movies.
“In addition to Bollywood dance and songs on stage, they give speeches, do motivational speaking, mono acting, sing popular American songs, hip hop, paintings” said Dharmatma Saran. Diana Hayden, Miss World 1997 who besides Chief Guest also acted as Chief Judge for the pageant. Ms. Diana Hayden was given an appreciation plaque by the Chairman Dharmatma Saran for her contributions to pageantry, entertainment and philanthropy.
At Nationals, Miss/Mrs./Teen India Florida wins big to receive following titles,
- Florida Girls Qualifies in Top 5 in each category Miss, Mrs. and Teen.
- Miss Teen Florida, Aashna Wins First Runners up 2021 & Miss Talented 2021
- Miss India Florida, Khushi Wins Miss Popular 2021
- Mrs. India Florida, Aparna Wins Mrs. Photogenic 2021