There is no denying that the world is now increasingly acknowledging the allure of Indian beauty. At an event on September 25, 2016, Lopamudra Raut bagged the second runner-up spot at Miss United Continents, which was held in Guayaquil, Ecuador.
Jeslyn Santos from the Philippines won the title of Miss United Continents. Raut received a cash prize of $15,000. She also won the Best National Costume sub-contest, which was designed by Melvyn Noronha.
“I still can’t believe that I have won the Miss United Continents title of second-runner up. I feel immensely proud and ecstatic. I am very happy for the support of my family, friends and fans that supported me through this journey,” Raut said.
The Maharashtrian model was born and brought up in Nagpur, and has an electrical engineering degree. The 24-year-old has been participating in beauty pageants such as the Femina Miss India and Miss Diva since 2013, but it was only in 2016 that she finally got a chance to represent India on an international podium.
Previously, India’s Gail Nicole D’Silva won first runner-up at Miss United Continents 2014 and Sushrii Shreya Mishraa was crowned third runner-up at Miss United Continents 2015.
This year, with Santos’ winning the top title, she became the first Asian to have done so. The 23-year-old is a broadcast communications graduate from Bulcan, and impressed the judges with a evocative speech in Spanish. “We are one if we act and think as one. We should not treat each other as strangers and competitors but as brothers and sisters. Although great oceans and land divide us, love always unites us,” she said when asked how to unite the continents of the world.