Monica crowned as ‘Miss India Worldwide’

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates – Indian-origin Monica Gill from the United States was crowned ‘Miss India Worldwide 2014’ while the second place went to Miss India Switzerland and third to Miss India Bahrain, an Indian news service reported on Saturday.

More than 40 contestants of Indian-origin settled in various countries across the globe between the age of 17 years and 27 years, unmarried and citizens, residents, or born in the country they represent, participated in the Miss India Worldwide pageant, the Indo-Asian News Service reported.

The finale happened at the Al Raha Beach Resort in Abu Dhabi where Monica was announced as the winner. She was crowned by Miss India Worldwide 2013 Nehal Bhogaita. Being hearing impaired, Bhogaita is the first contestant to have successfully come away with the crown in the competition's history.

This year, all the participating girls arrived in Dubai from the US, Australia, UK, Canada, Kenya, Oman, Qatar, Kuwait, Bahrain, Sweden and the Netherlands. The pageant included rounds like evening gown, Indian dress, a talent contest and question-and-answer sections.

The winner took home a cash prize of $8000 and various sponsored gifts, including photo sessions and modeling assignments apart from the crown.

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