Shree Saini, a 21-year resident of Washington state who was told that she would never be able to dance, was crowned Miss India USA 2017. A cancer surgeon Kavita Malhotra Pattani from Florida was given the title of Mrs India USA 2017, according to organizers of the pageant and news reports.
Saini, who is a student at the University of Washington, said she wants to lead a life dedicated to service, reported Press Trust of India. “I believe in working together to create a hole that is greater than the sum of its parts,” Saini told PTI.
Saini, whose parents migrated to the US from Punjab, had a pacemaker implanted at the age of 12 and was told that she would never be able to dance. A victim of bullying in high school, she has been campaigning against the oppressive behavior, according to PTI.
Saini told PTI that she wants to eliminate human trafficking and work towards promoting the importance of emotional well-being in society.
Prachi Shah, a UCONN graduate from Connecticut, was declared Miss India USA 2017 First Runner Up. She is a 22yr old IT professional, dance instructor, aspiring Rapper, and aspiring Elementary Educator. North Carolina’s Fareena became the second runner-up at the pageant, according to PTI and pageant founder Dharmatma Saran.
Cancer surgeon Pattani from Florida was declared Mrs India USA 2017. Swapna Mannam, 17, from New Jersey was crowned with Miss Teen India USA 2017.