Aishwarya Jaiswal

Height: 5’ 4”

I have been very passionate about dance since I was a little girl. I learned Bollywood, Classical (Kathak), Hip-Hop, and Jazz. With this experience I decided to create my school’s first Bollywood Dance Team where I choreograph and teach routines that are performed at each school pep rally. I also enjoy painting, spending time with friends and family, and baking.

Favorite color:

Coral and pink

What are you doing presently?

I am a rising 12th grader at Freedom High School.

Future Plans:

I plan on getting my Masters in Business Administration and also pursuing dance.

Why you entered The Miss India-DC Pageant?

I want to participate in the pageant because I want to overcome my stage fright by becoming more confident speaking in front of a large crowd. But more importantly, I would like to represent the Indian community and showcase my individual talents.

What 3 words sum you up?


What is an interesting fact about you that not many know?

When I was in the fifth grade, my apartment building caught on fire and was almost completely burned down. I learned at a very young age that things like this can happen to anybody at anytime and that sometimes you have to adjust to changes very quickly.

If you were a super hero, what would your super power be?

To fly because I can travel all across the world whenever I want and experience different cultures and meet new, interesting people.

If you could take three things to a deserted island what would they be and why?

My favorite book because, when I read, I can block out the rest of the world and play it like a movie in my head; A picture of my family because they give me strength and remind me that I am loved; and my ghungroos (dance anklets) because dance is my escape from reality and my favorite way to express myself.

Most embarrassing moment:

Once when I was younger, I went to my cousin’s house for a family gathering. I was in a room with my cousin just listening to some music and I started dancing. I was doing whatever crazy dance moves came to my mind. I was so into it that I didn’t realize that my cousin called all my family members to watch. When I turned around I saw all my relatives smiling and laughing. Even though they were saying things like “That was so cute” and “Let’s see it again” I was extremely embarrassed.

Biggest inspiration:

My biggest inspiration is my dad because he is the most hard-working person I have ever known. He faces every obstacle with a positive mindset. He inspires me to go the extra mile and do the best I can in everything that I do.

Worst nightmare:

As a dancer, my worst nightmare would be to get up on stage and forget my entire routine.

If you knew today was your last day on Earth, how would you spend it?

I would spend my last day thanking everyone in my life that helped me, cared for me, and loved me. I know that without these important people in my life, I would not be the person I am today.

Best piece of advice you’ve ever gotten:

“Don’t beg for something that you can earn”. I always keep this piece of advice in the back of my mind to remind me that gaining something for which I have worked for is much more rewarding than getting it handed to me. I know that if I take the easy way out and just ask for what I want I will not learn anything from it. However, if I work hard enough to deserve it I will walk away knowing that I am that much more worthy of having what I wanted.

Where do you hope to see yourself in 10 years?

I hope to see myself as a successful woman in both my personal and professional life. I want to continue using my passion for dance to help others that are less fortunate by hosting dance charity benefits like the one I will be hosting this fall.

Open Text: (Ask people to come support you)

I am very excited to be a part of this pageant because it is a great way for me to represent the Indian community as well as showcase my individual talents. Please come support the other beautiful contestants and I as we participate in this year’s Miss India DC pageant!

  • Hard-working
  • compassionate
  • independent