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    Nina Davuluri is first Miss America of Indian descent

    Nina Davuluri became the first contestant of Indian heritage and the second consecutive contestant from New York to win the Miss America pageant on Sunday night.

    The 24-year-old Davuluri won the title as the nationally televised pageant returned home to Atlantic City.

    In a press conference after winning the title, the Syracuse native who wants to become a doctor said she's glad children watching the pageant "can finally relate to a new Miss America."

    Davuluri performed a classical Bollywood fusion dance for her talent competition.

    After the traditional frolic in the Atlantic City surf on Monday morning, she will head to the scene of a devastating boardwalk fire in the New Jersey communities of Seaside park and Seaside Heights on Monday afternoon.

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    Re: Nina Davuluri is first Miss America of Indian descent

    She fought obesity, asthma, Nina’s granny says

    Oblivious of the racial slurs being heaped on her granddaughter who won the Miss America pageant, Nina Davuluri's 85-year-old grandmother V Koteswaramma is rejoicing.

    "I am not surprised. I was always confident she would go places as I was aware of her abilities and dedication," said Koteswaramma. Her home at Moghalrajapuram was busy with family friends and relatives trooping in to congratulate the grandparents since Monday morning.

    Recalling how her grand-daughter struggled before reaching the pinnacle, Koteswaramma said that Nina overcame two obstacles, asthma and obesity. "I can only say that Nina will not stop here," she said.

    A relative said Nina was the only one in her immediate family who did not pursue medicine. While her parents, father Koteswara Chowdary and mother Sheila Ranjani, are doctors in the US, her maternal aunt and uncle too are doctors. Nina's elder sister, Meena, is in her third year of medicine. Her paternal uncles are also doctors in US.

    "Nina too wanted to study medicine and become a cardiologist. But she took a new route and has now won the Miss America title," Koteswaramma beamed. She said Nina was a loves Telugu films and culture and is a trained Kuchipudi and Bharat Natyam dancer.

    Koteswara shifted to the US soon after his marriage in 1981. Sheila is on the board of Montessori Kalasala as vice-president and visits the city at least once in two years. The girls of the Montessori celebrated the Nina's new title.

    Nina last visited Vijaywada city in 2007 soon after becoming first runners up in Miss America's outstanding teen contest. However, except for Koteswaramma's close family circle, very few in the city knew of her until she was crowned Miss America. Nina is a graduate in cognitive science from Michigan university.

    Earlier, a Vijayawada girl, Gadde Sindhoora won the 'Femina Miss India' title and reached the Miss World semi-finals in 2005.

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    Re: Nina Davuluri is first Miss America of Indian descent

    She fought obesity, asthma, Nina’s granny says

    Oblivious of the racial slurs being heaped on her granddaughter who won the Miss America pageant, Nina Davuluri's 85-year-old grandmother V Koteswaramma is rejoicing.

    "I am not surprised. I was always confident she would go places as I was aware of her abilities and dedication," said Koteswaramma. Her home at Moghalrajapuram was busy with family friends and relatives trooping in to congratulate the grandparents since Monday morning.

    Recalling how her grand-daughter struggled before reaching the pinnacle, Koteswaramma said that Nina overcame two obstacles, asthma and obesity. "I can only say that Nina will not stop here," she said.

    A relative said Nina was the only one in her immediate family who did not pursue medicine. While her parents, father Koteswara Chowdary and mother Sheila Ranjani, are doctors in the US, her maternal aunt and uncle too are doctors. Nina's elder sister, Meena, is in her third year of medicine. Her paternal uncles are also doctors in US.

    "Nina too wanted to study medicine and become a cardiologist. But she took a new route and has now won the Miss America title," Koteswaramma beamed. She said Nina was a loves Telugu films and culture and is a trained Kuchipudi and Bharat Natyam dancer.

    Koteswara shifted to the US soon after his marriage in 1981. Sheila is on the board of Montessori Kalasala as vice-president and visits the city at least once in two years. The girls of the Montessori celebrated the Nina's new title.

    Nina last visited Vijaywada city in 2007 soon after becoming first runners up in Miss America's outstanding teen contest. However, except for Koteswaramma's close family circle, very few in the city knew of her until she was crowned Miss America. Nina is a graduate in cognitive science from Michigan university.

    Earlier, a Vijayawada girl, Gadde Sindhoora won the 'Femina Miss India' title and reached the Miss World semi-finals in 2005.

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    Another American beauty queen of Indian origin

    Eighteen-year-old Indian-American Emily Shah has won Miss New Jersey USA 2014 title, following in the footsteps of Nina Davuluri, who was crowned Miss America recently.

    Emily would now compete for Miss America and Miss Universe titles.

    Davuluri had won the coveted beauty pageant in September. Emily was the youngest among more than 130 contestants for the New Jersey pageant held over the weekend.
    Shuffling between India and America, Emily has dabbled in Cinema, having acted in both Bollywood and Hollywood films.

    She featured in Hollywood movies like 'The Great New Wonderful' with Naseeruddin Shah and Bollywood films such as 'Out of Control' alongside Riteish Deshmukh, 'Ta Ra Rum Pum', 'Jaaneman' among others.

    She is daughter of LA-based Prashant Shah, who has been associated with several Bollywood production houses such as with Karan Johar's, Rakesh Roshan and Shah Rukh Khan, in various capacities.

    Emily plans to work in action films and is currently working as an assistant of stunt team of Hollywood movie 'Run All Night' starring Liam Neeson and Ed Harris.


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    71-YEAR OLD GRANDMOTHER WINS BEAUTY PAGEANT!

    In a special beauty pageant held in California, 71 year old Julie Rose from Utah won the title of Queen Lola 2013. Winning the title from among the 10 participants, Rose was most thrilled, as she exclaimed, "it's awesome! Most of the family is here."

    "Cross-fit junkie" is a term we mostly associate with young men, but Rose definitely qualifies to be called one. She bench presses 150 pounds, and is very particular about fitness. She's glad to have some more years to spend with her grandchildren and that she isn't a burden to her family or to society. While most people at her age need assistance, Julie is glad that she is still capable of assisting others! She has 7 children and 37 grandchildren.

    Another notable contestant was Filipino boxer Lily Lao, who was 4th runner up and won the talent round as well, performing a brilliant musical about her life.

    There are only two criteria to contest in this pageant - to be Filipino and to have grandchildren. The winners get Phillipine vacations, jewellery and opportunities to be on television.

    This unique pageant also serves to raise money for work on youth, education and poverty programs run by the ABS-CBN foundation and Search to Involve Philipino Americans.



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    INDIA’S SRISHTI RANA CROWNED MISS ASIA PACIFIC WORLD 2013

    21 -year old Srishti Rana has made the country proud by winning the coveted Miss Asia Pacific 2013 title outclassing 49 other contestants in Korea on Oct 30. Srishti looked gorgeous in a Falguni & Shane gown as she was being crowned by the reigning Miss Asia Pacific World 2012 Himangini Singh Yadu from India.

    Srishti Rana mesmerized the jury and the audience with her poise, beauty and intelligence and came out as a unanimous winner in the 50th year of Miss India. She also won the Best National Costume Award in an outfit depicting the national Bird of India- Peacock. Dia Mirza also won the title for India in the year 2000.

    On this special occasion, an ecstatic Srishti said, "This is a dream come true! I am very proud of myself right now and still can't believe that I have won the crown. I have a long list of people to thank for their support but to name a few; I would want to thank God, my family, friends, Mr. Vineet Jain- MD Times Group and the Miss India Organization for their endless support. This wouldn't have been possible without any of them. I am so delighted at this moment".

    Vineet Jain, Managing Director, Bennett, Coleman & Co. Ltd. said at the historic achievement, "This is a great moment of pride for the country. With this monumental win, Srishti has recorded her name in the annals of history with the likes of Dia Mirza, Zeenat Aman, Namrata Shirodkar and Tara Anna Fonseca. It's a moment of triumph for every Indian. My heartiest congratulations go out to Srishti for this enormous achievment. Miss India organization strives for the best talent in the country to be showcased on an international platform."

    Continuing the lineage of past beauties like Dia Mirza and Zeenat Aman; Srishti Rana has made India proud yet again by getting the much- awaited coveted crown back.

    Srishti was trained by the best experts and partners from the fashion & glamour industry. She was trained by the ace choreographer Shiamak Davar for her talent round where she was seen dancing to the tunes of a Bollywood medley. She was also supported by renowned panelists and experts from the industry like Ritu Kumar, Sabira Merchant, Sandesh Mayekar and Dr. Jamuna Pai.

    Miss Asia Pacific is the oldest international beauty pageant which was judged by an eminent panel of jury making the selection process tougher for the contestants. Srishti Rana has made the nation proud by winning the coveted title of Miss Asia Pacific World 2013.

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    Brazilian wins Pattaya's transgender queen contest

    A Brazilian has won the 9th Miss International Queen transgender beauty pageant in Thailand, with the United States and Thai contestants in second and third place.
    Marcelo Ohio won first prize, which included 300,000 baht, a crown with real gemstones and free surgery "for anything" at a famed plastic surgery clinic in Bangkok, organisers said.

    The pageant held in the beach resort of Pattaya since 2004, ended around midnight Friday.

    US citizen Shantell D'Marco came second in the beauty pageant, with Thai contestant Nethnapada Kanrayanon coming third.

    There were 25 contestants from 17 countries in this year's contest, organised by the Tiffany's Show Pattaya Company, including three from Brazil.

    The show was launched 40 years ago to provide Pattaya with a novel form of entertainment while offering transgenders a legitimate career option, said Arisa Phanthusak, Tiffany's manager and organiser of the Miss International contest.

    In 2004, the show went international, offering transgenders from other countries an opportunity to bask in the limelight.

    "After Thailand, I think the Philippines and Brazil are the countries that are most tolerant of transgenders," Arisa said.

    Transgenders are numerous in Thailand, where many have found successful careers in the entertainment, fashion and cosmetics sectors and even in government service.

    "It is in our character to be tolerant," Arisa said. "We are free here [in Thailand] and we are service-oriented people," she said.

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    A beauty queen's tiara seized at Mumbai Airport

    A beauty queen's crown has been confiscated at the Mumbai Airport this morning.

    Shrishti Rana landed in Mumbai after winning Miss Asia Pacific World; the pageant was held in Busan.

    Sources say she had not reported to Customs that she was bringing back the tiara she won, which is made of diamonds and other precious stones.

    Customs officials are evaluating the tiara and will release it after duty is paid.


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    Miss Universe 2013 Grand Final

    Russia is hosting Miss Universe for the first time in the pageant's 61-year history, with contestants from 86 countries vying for the Miss Universe 2013 title in a concert hall in Moscow.

    Nagpur girl, Manasi Moghe is representing India at the pageant this year. The 22-year-old is an engineering graduate.

    Widely tipped to take the crown this year is Miss Philippines, 24-year-old chemistry graduate, Ariella Arida.

    The judges for the grand final include Aerosmith singer Steven Tyler, super model Anne Vyalitsyna and flamboyant Russian pop king Filipp Kirkorov, while ex-Spice Girls star Mel B will co-host along with US television host Thomas Roberts.

    The show is being held in Crocus City Hall, a concert venue by the Moscow ring road.

    The organisers promise the unveiling of a million-dollar "emerald, ruby and diamond" swimming costume, which the winner will get to wear.


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    Re: Nina Davuluri is first Miss America of Indian descent

    Top 10 contestants are:



    1) Spain,
    2) Philippines,
    3) Geat Britain,
    4) India
    5) Brazil
    6) USA,
    7) Ukraine,
    8) Ecuador,
    9) Venezuela
    10) Dominican Republic.

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