Michigan’s Vaidehi Dongre crowned 2021 Miss India USA
Vaidehi Dongre, 25, of Michigan, was crowned Miss India USA for the year 2021, while Arshi Lalani of Georgia was named runner-up. Mira Kasari of North Carolina was the second finalist in this weekend’s beauty pageant. In an Instagram post shared after her big win, Ms. Dongre said she “strives to be a role model for young girls” while celebrating her rich South Asian heritage.
Vaidehi Dongre graduated from the University of Michigan and is currently working as Director of Business Development. Born in India and raised in the United States, she said she was “honored and humbled” to represent Indian immigrants living in the United States as the new Miss India USA.
“This trip has been a whirlwind, but at the base of it I have always strived to be a role model for young girls, to celebrate my rich South Asian heritage and to leave a lasting positive impact on my community. she wrote on Instagram, sharing a few snippets from the coronation ceremony and after.
In her post, Ms. Dongre thanked pageant producers IFC and beauty pageant founders Dharmatma and Neelam Saran for providing young women of South Asian descent with a platform to make an impact. She also shared a thank you note for her principals, teachers, other contest participants and finally, her parents.
“Aai and Baba– the values you instilled in me and Vineet at such a young age gave me strength in difficult times and light in dark times, “wrote Vaidehi Dongre.
She thanked her parents for helping her stay in touch with her roots and wrote: “Making sure I learn the roots where I come from: Marathi, Hindi, reading and writing. , mythology, culture, food, love, spirituality, while living in the United States was no small feat, thank you. “
In a previous Instagram post, Ms. Dongre talked about straddling the line between Indian and American culture. “This one is for my Aai (mom), “she wrote in a message dated June 2, asking people to send her their best wishes for the contest.
Ms. Dongre is now preparing to participate in the Miss India Worldwide pageant. The Miss India USA winner is the only United States delegate to the Miss India Worldwide pageant, also organized by IFC.
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