Prachi Modi, 19, was crowned Miss India New York and Naeha Pathak, 14, won the Miss Teen India New York contest recently.
“Participating in this pageant was really exciting and a
great experience. I met many new people and made great
friends. We all had a great time,” Naeha, a 9th grader at
Herrick’s High School in Albertson, New York, said.
Prachi, a sophomore at the University at Albany, New
York, said this was the first time she was contesting in a
“The experience was incredible and the best part about it
was meeting the other contestants who have shown me that
it does not matter what part of the world we live in we will
always be true to our Indian heritage,” she told India
Prachi will compete in the Miss India USA contest.
“I want to win the contest and move on to the Miss India
Worldwide contest. In the long term I want to use my title
as a platform to raise awareness about social issues around
the world,” she said.
Her family moved to the United States from Mumbai in
“I have a very conservative father and a very cool mom
who I love to go shopping with. I have an older brother and
an sister who are my backbone and without whom I cannot
imagine what my life would be,” Prachi added.
Though Naeha is interested in acting and modeling, she
plans to pursue science and scientific research.
She credits her dance teacher Shilpa Jhurani for cultivating her interest in dancing.
Her parents Naveen and Isha are physicians in New York.
Her brother Neil is a junior at Yale University, New Haven,
Connecticut, intending to pursue a career in science.
Both Naeha and Prachi are happy that Indians are winning titles like Miss America.
“Indians have always been known for their culture and
beauty and wining these mainstream contests has just
asserted this fact,” Prachi said.
“Some people have the notion that Indians excel in academics only. But (this winning mainstream titles) shows
that they are multitalented and multifaceted,” Naeha
Dharmatma Saran, founder and chairman, India Festival
Committee and Miss India Worldwide, said it is gratifying
that they could provide a platform to
young Indian women to display their tal-
ent and beauty.
“Both Prachi and Naeha are very good
contestants and I wish them all the best
for Miss India USA,” Saran said.
The IFC began its annual India Festival
in Central Park in New York in 1974.
The Miss Teen India New York contest
started in 2008.
‘When Miss India New York started in
1980, I had not even in my wildest dreams
imagined that in less than 20 years, we
would fledge out to be a mass movement
with affiliates in over 40 countries,” Saran
T2NY/NJ/CT India Abroad November 29, 2013
Meet the newest desi beauty queens
Miss India New York Prachi Modi, left, with
Miss Teen India New York Naeha Pathak.
A homecoming cocktail reception was organized for Miss
America Nina Davuluri November 15 at the Carlton in New
York. The Fayetteville native, who has been touring the country
since she won the Miss America crown, had a busy schedule
during her trip back home.
She visited the Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital in
Syracuse November 16 and also interacted with people at a
local mall during the three-day homecoming celebrations.