Aarya Walvekar, an Indian American teenager from Virginia, has been crowned Miss India USA 2022 at the annual beauty pageant held in New Jersey recently. The 18 year old whose instagram handle is @aaryawalvekar has been on cloud nine. Her instagram is full with her experiences about the contest and ofcourse, a lot of pictures.
Aarya has written, “the feelings I’m experiencing are indescribable. I have never been filled with this much gratitude in my life. It is my pleasure to announce that I, Aarya Abhijit Walvekar, am your newly crowned Miss India USA 2022.”
A senior at Briar Woods High School, Aarya is the founder of Euphoria Dance Studio – a small business which provides affordable dance lessons to local children, according to TEDx Youth Briar Woods.She represented USA’s capital Washington DC at the contest which saw 74 contestants representing 30 states for three different pageants – Miss India USA, Mrs India USA and Miss Teen India USA.
“Filled with nervousness and excitement, I entered this weekend with no idea what to expect. However I left this weekend with a national crown, a precious pageant sisterhood, and tons of gratitude in my heart,” she wrote on her instagram. Aarya is a dancer, a mental health advocate, a bright student and an aspiring actress. She is also an advocate for Mental Health and the Body Positivity + Health at Every Size Movement. For the same, she has created and participated in several awareness campaigns. She is also into yoga, cooking, and exploring new places.
“I understand that this title is not just a crown, it is a duty, a responsibility. I plan on taking advantage of this amazing platform to spread love, positivity, and awareness. I hope you all send me your support, blessings, and love as I start my journey and take on my duties as your miss India USA 2022,” she wrote in her winning post on Instagram.
This is the 40th year that Miss India USA beauty contest was held. This is thelongest-running Indian Pageant outside of India. It was started by New York-based Indian- Americans Dharmatma and Neelam Saran under the banner of Worldwide Pageants.
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