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Madhu Valli from USA crowned Miss India Worldwide 2017

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Madhu Valli, USA
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Washington: Madhu Valli, an emerging hip hop artist and a student of criminal law at George Mason University in Virginia, has been crowned Miss India Worldwide 2017 in a glittering ceremony held in New Jersey on Sunday.

Stephanie Madavane from France and Sangeeta Bahadur from Guyana were declared first and second runners up respectively at the 26th edition of the beauty pageant that had contestants from 18 countries.

“I want to be the next biggest bridge between Bollywood and Hollywood,” Valli told to PTI, a day after winning the pageant.

The 20-year-old beauty queen also stated that her dream is to be a recording artist since music is her passion.

The beauty pageant attracts people of Indian origin from across the world. It provides a platform to showcase how Indian culture has been preserved thousands of miles away, she said.

Sarita Pattnaik from Texas was declared Mrs India Worldwide. She is an interior designer by profession and a mother of two. She wants to be a social activist and become a voice for women’s empowerment.

Miss India Worldwide, organised by New York-based India Festival Committee, is the only international Indian pageant with affiliates in over 35 countries and considered among the top ethnic pageants in the world.