WION Web Team Delhi, India
Dec 18, 2017, 02.11 PM
Shree Saini from Washington was crowned Miss India USA 2017 Monday.
After winning the pageant, the 21-year-old said, "I believe in working together to create a hole that is greater than the sum of its parts."
A student at the University of Washington Saini also wants to "lead a life dedicated to service".
Her life and story of success is a source of inspiration to all as the Indian-origin beauty queen got a pacemaker at the age of 12 and was told that she would never be able to dance. While she dealt with physical pressure at a young age, she also fought with mental pressure while completing high school when there was severe bullying from her peers.
Child of migrated parents from Punjab in India, Saini said in her speech that she wants to "eliminate human trafficking and work towards promoting the importance of emotional well-being in the society".
Cancer surgeon Kavita Malhotra Pattani from Florida was declared Mrs India USA 2017 while Swapna Mannam from New Jersey was crowned with Miss Teen India USA 2017.
More than 50 contestants from over two dozen states participated in the three different pageants - Miss India USA, Miss Teen India USA and Mrs India USA.
Started by New York-based Indian Americans Dharmatma Saran and Neelam Saran, under the banner of India Festival Committee, Miss India USA is the longest running Indian pageant outside India.