Seven Indian-origin women in US pageants

New York, Oct 18 (IANS) Seven Indian-origin women will participate in New Jersey’s two annual beauty pageant finals.

New Jersey is set to host the finals of “Miss New Jersey USA” and “Miss New Jersey Teen USA” pageants.

Six of the seven Indian-origin women are featuring in “Miss New Jersey USA” and one in “Miss New Jersey Teen USA”, the pageant’s website said.

Vanita Budhan, 22, Nicole Patel, 23, Nihara Chakrala, 24, Somya Sharma, 23, Suchitra Singh, 24, and Chhavi Verg, 18, are the competitors in “Miss New Jersey USA”.

Neha Pasupuleti, 14, will representing Edison in “Miss New Jersey Teen USA”.

The preliminaries for the programme, which focus on excellence, achievement and personal growth of the contestants, were held on Friday and Saturday in New Jersey.

On Saturday, the contestants attended a motivation session and afternoon was spent in rehearsals for the final day’s shows.

The winners will advance to the national pageants “Miss USA” and “Miss Teen USA” respectively.

If “Miss New Jersey USA” wins “Miss USA” pageant, she will advance to “Miss Universe” pageant.

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