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Miss India Connecticut Pageant to be held in Stamford on Nov 8th

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.

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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. It is 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 socio-economic change.

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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