• This pageant did so much more for me than I intended it to. At first it was just something to keep me occupied, give me something to work for, and something I could look forward. After I got diagnosed with depression, this gave me a reason to wake up in the morning and keep going. In the end, I gained so much more from the experience than I could have ever imagined. I learned to believe in myself again, build my self confidence, and learned to love myself a little more. I am most thankful for some of the friendships I gained from entering this pageant, because there was never a time where the process felt like a competition. The rehearsals and the pageant itself just felt like a good time spent with some new girlfriends.

    -Sukhleen Bhutta‏,
  • I had grown up watching the local pageants, but participating in the 2014 Miss India DC pageant proved to be a completely unique experience. I learned a lot and gained very valuable skills throughout my preparations and on the day of the event itself. However, the best memories came from the time spent with my fellow contestants. I was incredibly fortunate to have competed alongside such beautiful and intelligent young women and I am truly grateful for the lasting friendships I gained throughout the process. I am honored to have placed as the first runner up and I look forward to representing my community at Miss India USA 2014.

    -Trisha Miglani, First Runner-up 2014 Pageant,
  • Never did I think I would take part in a beauty pageant but I tried it out and actually learned a lot from the experience. I loved meeting the other girls in the pageant who had similar interests as me. This pageant benefited me in that I have become more confident and understood that I should always try new things!

    -Shivali Marwaha, Winner 2014 Pageant,
  • Life is full of opportunities, and if you have a dream, you can achieve it. That is the beautiful thing about life; You can never dream too big. If you have a passion for something you must work your hardest, and show your soul to the world. Being apart of Miss India DC helped me realize that all is possible. It was an outlet for my worries, and a platform that expressed my soul. This pageant has taught me a life long lesson; Be who you are, don’t worry about the rest, and everything will fall into place. This competition isn’t about winning; its about growing as an individual, and embracing your heritage and grace. Take life for every moment and everything will fall into place as it should. Be happy and be true!!

    -Monica Singh, Winner 2008 Pageant,
  • Winning the pageant has provided me with an avenue through which I can reach Indian American girls and encourage them to build their confidence, to believe in themselves, and to grow from every experience.

    -Tania Mukherji, Winner 2001 Pageant,
  • When opportunities come, one learns to recognize the opening door. And, once that step towards the door is taken, a roller coaster ride filled with cheers, friendship, and learning emerges! I took the chance to take part in such a prestigious pageant and, with God’s grace, I was chosen. Yet, it doesn’t matter that I won because if I hadn’t made that first effort to make a foothold into the door, a worthwhile experience would have been lost. I would have lost my chance to connect to ravishing and bright young ladies of the Indian community, to grow as a confident and spirited competitor, and to perform in front of an esteemed table of judges and supportive audience. Life is about adventure and putting that extra bit of effort. This pageant came as the thrilling escapade that brought me one step closer to becoming a better Nikkitasha.

    -Nikkitasha Marwaha, Winner 2007 Pageant,
  • It has been a wonderful experience participating in an event that highlights our Indian heritage and culture. It was truly an honor being recognized as a winner amongst so many talented and personable girls and it is my hope that girls in the future will take part in such a memorable event.

    -Parul Mehrotra, Winner 2006 Pageant,
  • Participating in the Miss India DC pageant this past year was an amazing experience. Not only did I meet wonderful young women but I also learned so much about my community, my culture, and even myself. Getting to know the other participants has helped me grow as I see how strong yet sincere the women of the Indian community are. I’ve had the oppurtunity to make friends not only for the summer but for life.

    -Sarah Sood, First Runner-up 2006 Pageant,
  • The pageant was a very creative and rewarding avenue through which young Indian American women could rekindle the ties they have with their roots. It was a wonderful opportunity to meet smart and interesting young women, gain both confidence and poise, and just have a wonderful time.

    -Neha Jain, 2nd Runner-up 2006 Pageant,
  • The pageant was a truly unique experience for me. I was able to gain confidence and a renewed sense of pride in being a young Indian - American woman.

    -Rina Shah,
  • The Miss India-DC Pageant has gifted me with a unique opportunity to emulate the independent, vibrant, and confident Indian women who have shaped our past, and set an extraordinary example for the wide-eyed, motivated, and passionate women who will determine our future.

    -Sonia Mukherji,