George’s Shree Saini wins Miss India Worldwide title
Shree Saini, a University of Washington student, daughter of George business owners, and the winner of last December’s Miss India USA pageant, has been crowned Miss India Worldwide.
Saini herself posted the news on her Facebook page tonight (Dec. 15, 2018), calling the experience “surreal.”
The contest took place at Royal Albert’s Palace in Fords, N.J., on Friday, Dec. 15.
“When they announced USA I was immensely thankful to everyone who had supported me, and I was also in tears because the journey to this world title wasn’t easy,” she wrote on Facebook.
Diagnosed with a heart defect at age 12 and bullied at school for years because if it, Saini turned her health struggles into a cause, sharing her story of endurance and perseverance at a variety of stages, from Miss Moses Lake to Miss India Worldwide, in addition to her time as a brand ambassador for the Hope Heart Foundation, which raises awareness about the dangers of cardiovascular disease and ways to prevent it.
She did not start participating in pageants until she reached her senior year at Moses Lake High School. She finished as first runner-up in both Miss Moses Lake and Miss Seattle, and second runner-up in the Miss East Cascades pageant.
Then, in August 2017, Saini was crowned Miss India Washington, and in December of that year Miss India USA. She beat about 25 contestants to win the state crown and about 50 contestants to win the nationwide title.
At Miss India Worldwide, candidates from about 17 countries vied for the crown, with Miss India United Kingdom and Miss India Australia finishing as second and first runners-up respectively.
Besides thanking a variety of people, including the creators of the contest, its choreographers and her family, Saini wrote that her message as the new Miss India Worldwide was “Your life’s legacy is defined how you make people feel, with each vibe/interaction/conversation and the positive difference you make in other’s lives in your lifetime. Let us all have a solution mindset, we should always try to defuse the negativity in any situation and focus on the light within all of us.”
Lastly, she pledged to work even harder than before in the causes dear to her heart.
“As a world titleholder, I am so ready to give more of myself to charitable causes and do my very best work in this year.”
By Sebastian Moraga, firstname.lastname@example.org
Read about Saini’s Miss India USA pageant win by clicking here.