Illinois student crowned Miss India Worldwide 2009
In a typical Bollywood fashion, the 24 young
girls's performances lit the evening
Durban, Feb. 15, 2009
NRI Nikkitasha Marhawa, 19, from Chicago, US, communications student,
was named Miss India Worldwide 2009 by an international panel of
judges. She was crowned by 2008 winner Shagun Sarabhai in Durban
on Saturday. She beat 24 participants from all over the world and
was cheered by over 2,000 people in a glittering function of the
18th Miss India Worldwide .
Darmathma Saran of New York, Chairman and founder of the Miss India
Woldwide Pageant said:
- This pageant was a unifying factor for NRIs & Indians living
in 200 countries around the world. The total 25 countries has
participated this year and was a record. I am confident that we
will have 30 next year.
- He thanks all people who traveled to Durban for the event, even
- Shugan Sarabhai, 2008 winner, from Mumbai crowned this year's
winning trio in a glittering ceremony.
Nikkitasha Marhawa said:
- She was delighted that the victory will give her a platform
to work in communities which were disadvantaged around the world.
- It was a fascinating experience which earned me many friends.
It had made me even more committed to the cause of Indian people
and Indians living abroad, the greater human kind
In Questions and answers by the judges to participants, she really
impressed to judges by saying that how she would choose between
a modeling career or a family life, she replied: "A modeling
career is fairly short, about five to ten years, so I would choose
that and then give it up for my family." .
Kanchan Verma, 23 from Australia- first runner-up (the second place)
said: "We are all winners. I enjoyed this event and met and
made many friends"
Sunaina Bhoendie from Netherlands, second runner-up said: "She
had great support from the people of Netherlands"
Nikkitasha being crowned Miss India USA 2008 by former Miss
India USA 2007
This has been the results of the appreciative conscience on a larger
part of NRIs in allowing their young daughters and sisters to take
part in the annual events which is now an inevitable world social
factor. For those who have been ascending the beauty stages while
coupled with the high-profile skills or those pursuing high-education
professions have always found ready markets for their talents and
expertise. It has been an official norm for winners of the contests
at home to be made the national flag bearers whenever they leave
for the world finals.