Vaidehi Dongre, a 25-year-old girl from Michigan, was crowned Miss India USA 2021
At the Miss India USA 2021 pageant held over the weekend, Vaidehi Dongre, a 25-year-old girl from Michigan, was crowned Miss India USA 2021. Vaidehi expressed her gratitude for the honour in an Instagram post, writing that she is "humbled and honoured" and that the journey has been a "whirlwind."
“Humbled and honoured to represent Indian immigrants living in the US as the new Miss India USA. This journey has been a whirlwind but at the root of it I have always strived to be a role model for young girls, celebrate my rich South Asian heritage and leave a lasting positive impact on my community. #MissIndiaUSA2021 Next up, Miss India Worldwide,” Vaidehi said in the caption of an Instagram post.
She praised several people in her post, including the pageant's founders., Vaidehi said, “To my rock-steady and rock-star director duo Rupali & Mira Bedi. To the village that raised me, supported me and taught me everything I know.”
For her parents, Vaidehi added, “Aai and Baba, the values you inculcated in me and Vineet at such a young age have given me strength in times of hardship and light in times of darkness. Making sure that I learned the roots of where I come from: marathi, hindi, reading and writing, mythology, culture, food, love, spirituality, all whilst living in the US was no easy feat, thank you.”
The beauty pageant's first runner-up was Georgia's Arshi Lalani, while the second runner-up was North Carolina's Mira Kasari.
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