Miss India Connecticut Pageant to be held in Stamford on Nov
The Miss India Connecticut Beauty Pageant for 2009 will be held in Stamford, Connecticut on November 8th.. The Pageant will consist of two competitions, Miss India Connecticut
(17-27 years old) and Miss India Teen Connecticut (14 -16 years old). This
includes a catwalk by the contestants in Indian dress, Western dress, a
talent show, and a special interview on questions related to healthy living.
Miss India Worldwide 2009: Top 3 Winners - Kanchan Varma
(Australia), Nikkitasha Marhawa (USA), Sunaina Bhoendie
This pageant is titled "Beauty from the Heart", is not only a Beauty Pageant
but also a movement to bring health and fitness awareness in the "Fashion
Industry". By introducing health as one of the selection criteria in the
selection process, and by giving bonus points to the contestants with ideal
body mass index (BMI), Diva America Inc. hopes to reduce the instances of
Anorexia, Bulimia, Low Self- Esteem and Depression among next generation.
This new approach to the beauty pageant has drawn a lot of interest and
gained support from a lot of local physicians and health promoters. If we
succeed in bringing about this change, it will be historical!
The winners will represent the Connecticut state in the 28th Miss India USA
Pageant to be held in Florida on November 21, 2009 together with the winners
from 26 other states. The winners of Miss India USA, in turn, will represent
the US in the 19th annual Miss India Worldwide Pageant that has been
acclaimed as "the most glamorous Indian event" outside India. Participants
and the winners from Miss India Beauty Pageants have gone on to achieve
stellar careers in professional fields and have also served as ambassadors
of Indian community and culture in the world.
This is the first time that the State of Connecticut will be sending the
contestants to the national and perhaps international competitions.
Considering the fact that Connecticut has one of the fastest growing Indian
population in America, holding this pageant in CT is timely and appropriate.
According to Dr. Thomas Abraham, Founder President and former Chairman the
Global Organization of People of Indian Origin (GOPIO), there are about
50,000 people of Indian Origin living in Connecticut, 15,000 alone in
Fairfield County. Of these 4,000 are high-school and college students and
5,000 are professionals who live in Fairfield County and work in Fairfield
County, New York City, and Westchester County.
This pageant is organized by Diva, America Inc., a non-profit organization
based in Stamford, Connecticut, dedicated to improving health, education,
welfare and opportunities for youth of Indian origin in Connecticut. It was founded by Anita Bhatt who is also the President and CEO of this organization.
in response to the challenges facing young Indian Americans living in
Connecticut, who represent rich and distinct culture, which they must
reconcile with a dramatically different mainstream American culture. Board
members of Diva America Inc., feel honored to announce that part of the
proceeds from this event will benefit Asha for Education, a secular
non-profit organization dedicated to providing basic education to the poor
students in India, in the belief that education is a critical requisite for
Indian Consul General, Ambassador Prabhu Dayal is the Guest of Honor. CAPI
(Connecticut Association of Physicians of Indian origin) and CDA
(Connecticut Dietetic Association) have endorsed the introduction of health
in fashion industry. Stamford Hospital, the Leading health care institution
in Fairfield County, is the sponsor of this historic event.
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