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20 beauties vie for Miss India crown

By ApunKaChoice
Fri, Mar 13, 2009 18:20 IST

Marc Robinson In keeping with the tradition of glorifying beauty with brains, Pantaloon Femina Miss India has shortlisted 20 girls.

The ravishing females (names at the end), finalized from the 100 other girls selected through several auditions held in different cities, were unveiled at a glitzy event held at Sahara Star in Mumbai. The show was choreographed by Marc Robinson , who is the Fashion and Contestant director for Pantaloon Femina Miss India 2009. In the function, new crowns for the winners, denoting sun, moon and star, was also unveiled, designed by Collection G in association with D'Damas and World Gold Council.

The final 20, vying for the Miss India title, will go through rigorous training and will be under the guidance of Miss India expert panel which comprises of Marc Robinson (Fashion Director & Contestant Director), Sabira Merchant (Diction Expert). Dr. Rekha Sheth of Nivea Visage Skin Care Expert will be in-charge of the contestants' flawless skin.




Latif M., Mahesh Ambekar, Mohammed Ali, Bipin Salvi, Poonam and Dr. Ameya Agrekar are Fitness & Training Experts. Neesha Bukht and Avantika Shah are experts who will look after the Diet & Nutrition. Dr. Dilip Deshpande is the Dental & Smile Expert.

Dr. Abhijit Desai is the Makeover and Wellness Expert. Hair care experts are Dr. Apoorva & Sonal Shah. Stylist Prasad Bidapa is Contestant Advisor. Zakia Shakir has been roped in as the Fashion Photographer for the contest, whereas Najeeb Ur Rehman from Schwarzkopf Professional is Chief Colour and Styling Consultant.

About the upcoming pageant, Marc Robinson says: "We will focus on girls who showcase an innate talent to create a niche for themselves, not just by their beauty, but also by their intelligence. A Femina Miss India is a modern, confident, talented and independent Indian woman who can make India proud on the global platform."

The pomp pageant finale will be held in Mumbai on April 5.

The 20 finalists are:
1. Akanksha Yadav
2. Aarohi Kadam
3. Aparajita Sharma
4. Deeksha Seth
5. Dimple Patel
6. Ekta Chowdhry
7. Faith Pandey - Winner of Miss India South 2009
8. Hanika Paryani
9. Harshita Saxena
10. Ishita Sarkar
11. Karishma Karnik
12. Nandini Vaid
13. Nishta Khadiwala
14. Niharika Nag
15. Pooja Chopra - Winner of Miss India East 2009
16. Pooja Hegde
17. Ragini Dwivedi
18. Shriya Kishore
19. Sonakshi Sajnani
20. Tulip Bhattacharya



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