Rijul Maini, a medical student from Michigan, has been crowned Miss India USA 2023 at the annual pageant held in New Jersey on Friday, December 8th, 2023. Sneha Nambiar from Massachusetts was declared as Mrs India USA and Saloni Rammohan from Pennsylvania won the title of Miss Teen India USA. Currently in its 41st edition, the pageant is the longest-running Indian pageant outside of India
An aspiring doctor and model, Rijul, 24-year-old Maini aims to be a surgeon and hopes to serve as a role model to women everywhere. “I am so humbled and grateful to say that I am the new MISS INDIA USA 2023! I am especially grateful for the family of amazing, strong, confident women I gained throughout this process. Your light shines so bright, never dim it for anyone,” she said in an Instagram post.
Greeshma Bhat of Virginia was declared first runner-up and Ishita Pai Raikar of North Carolina was the second runner-up. 57 contestants from over 25 states were judged in three different pageants – Miss India USA, Mrs. India USA , and Miss Teen India USA.
According to the organisers, 57 contestants from over 25 states participated in three different pageants— Miss India USA, Mrs. India USA and Miss Teen India USA. Winners of all three categories will be getting complimentary air tickets to take part in Miss- Mrs.-Teen India Worldwide organized by the same group.
The pageant was started by New York-based Indian-Americans Dharmatma and Neelam Saran under the banner of Worldwide Pageants. Currently in its 41st edition, the pageant is the longest-running Indian pageant outside of India. It was started by New York-based prominent Indian Americans Dharmatma and Neelam Saran under the banner of Worldwide Pageants. “I am very thankful to the Indian community around the world for their support over the years,” Dharmatma Saran , founder and chairman Worldwide Pageants said.