The winner of Yamaha Fascino Miss Diva Shraddha Shashidhar, who was crowned Miss Universe India 2017 by actor Shahid Kapoor on Wednesday, will now be competing at the prestigious Miss Universe pageant on November 26 in the US. A total of 15 participants were shortlisted for the final round and were judged by a prestigious panel that included Rajkumar Rao, Kabir Khan, Lara Dutta, Vijendra Singh, Chuck Russell and Miss Universe 2016 Iris Mittenaere.
Shashidhar, who lives in Chennai and did her schooling from Army Public School, Deolali. The model and athlete is from an Army family, and has graduated from Sophia College for Women with a degree in Mass Communication.
At the Miss Diva finale, Peden Ongmu Namgyal (Sikkim) was adjudged Yamaha Fascino Miss Diva – Supranational 2017, and Apeksha Porwal (Mumbai) as Yamaha Fascino Miss Diva 2017 second runner-up. The grand finale of the beauty pageant, which was held in Mumbai, was attended by Bollywood celebrities and known personalities, including Malaika Arora, Lara Dutta, Rajkummar Rao and boxer Vijendra Singh.
The finale night was a visual treat with dazzling performances from actor Kriti Sanon and singer Anushka Manchanda. Actress Malaika Arora Khan and VJ Yudhisthir anchored the show.
“Competition is tough every year. It isn’t easy to choose one winner. Because if beauty pageants were easy then there would have been so many beauty queens, and we would have had so many more titles. It’s been 17 years since we have had our past winner so this year we have to try and bag the Miss Universe Crown,” said former Miss Universe Lara Dutta.
(With inputs from IANS)