Atlantan Sarita Pattnaik Is Mrs. India Worldwide 2017
After winning two beauty pageants last year—Mrs. India Georgia and Mrs. India USA—Odisha-born Sarita Rinki Pattnaik walked off with the Mrs. India Worldwide crown on October 7, 2017, in New Jersey.
In the pageant’s Q & A segment, Sarita, when asked which role played by a man would complement her better, a husband or a son, responded, “He is a son first, then a husband. It’s not fair to choose between these roles, but if I have to, I will pick ‘husband’ because I left my past to complement him for the rest of my life.” The dazzling two-day pageant included an evening gown round and a grand finale. Eight judges selected the winners from 35 contestants of Indian origin.
Sarita heads an interior design company in the Atlanta area. Additionally she’s a dedicated volunteer with nonprofits working with underprivileged women and children. “I owe allegiance to two countries. India is the country of my birth where I got my early values and education. But equally important is the country that adopted me, taught me how to dream and how to realize those dreams—the U.S.A.,” says this multi-faceted winner.
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Values from her Indian background: "the importance of family, of tolerance, and of faith."
Dreams in America: "This platform gives me a voice to raise awareness about some social concerns which are very dear to me: I'm a believer that every child needs a home and education [and I] also want to help downtrodden children and women to give them best help possible knowing people across the globe....My goal is to be ... a social activist, a role model for all the girls and women. I believe faith can move mountains."
First Runner Up in the contest was Mrs India Mauritius, Nishi Singh (on right); second Runner Up was Radha Shah, Mrs India UAE (on left).
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