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Meet the new Miss India USA

December 31, 2007 16:40 IST

newRicha Gangopadhyay was crowned Miss India USA 2007 in a beauty pageant held at Royal Albert's Palace, Fords in New Jersey, USA.

 

The event, running in its 26th year, was organised by New York-based Indian Festival Committee, headed by Dharmatma Saran, founder and the chief organiser of the pageant, in association with Royal Albert's Palace.

 

Richa, 21, is in her final year at the Michigan State University majoring in Dietetics and Nutrition and enjoys dance, music and movies.

 

She also bagged the title of Miss Photogenic, and was crowned by the outgoing queen, Ayushka Singh.

 

Richa will represent USA in the 17th Annual Miss India Worldwide Pageant, also organised by IFC, to be held on February 23, in Johannesburg, South Africa. 

 

Neha Multani, 22, of New York and Nisha Palvia, 18, of Georgia were respectively declared first and second runner up among 24 contestants from various parts of the country, in the gala event attended by over 600 people.

 

The panel of judges included Dr Hemant Patel -- President of AAPI, Tariq Khan -- Vice President of Marketing and Diversity at Nationwide, Praveen Kumar -- Counsel Political and Community Affairs at the Indian Consulate, Sudha Shekhar -- choreographer and classical dance exponent, Dr Lorenzo Ottaviano -- patron of Indian performing arts and Janice Miller -- internationally acclaimed singer.

 

Photograph: Paresh Gandhi