Guyanese-born Asha Hanif is national director of Miss India worldwide
Guyana Chronicle
February 19, 2007

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INTERNATIONAL model/actress, Guyanese-born Asha Hanif, has been appointed the national director of the Miss India Worldwide Pageant and is currently looking for contestants for the Guyanese leg of the pageant.

Hanif says the local pageant will be held on March 31 and the winner will go on to compete against 40-odd delegates of Indian origin from around the world at the 2007 Miss India Worldwide pageant, billed for New York on April 7.

Hanif’s whose modeling career has taken her to India and Pakistan, and to such cities as Paris, London, and Dubai, has won a number of titles including Miss India New York, Miss Beautiful Face USA, and Miss SAMA Queen Canada. She has also acted in a number of Indian, Bengali and Pakistani TV serials.

Hanif says the local leg of Miss India Worldwide will bring an aura of class and prestige to Indian pageantry in Guyana and she looks forward to developing a solid reputation to host the pageant annually.

Hanif has formulated “Stars International” to promote and coordinate the pageant.

She is currently scouting for contestants. They must be of Indian origin, between the ages of 17 and 27, and never been married.

The pageant consists of four segments - Evening Gown, Indian Dress, Talent and Question-Answer.

The Miss India Worldwide Pageant is produced by the IFC, based in New York City. The organization has been conducting the Miss India New York and the Miss India USA pageants annually since 1980.

The organization has been running the Miss India Worldwide pageant since 1990 and hosts the pageant in different countries including India, Singapore and South Africa. In 2006 the pageant was held in Mumbai, India.

The worldwide TV broadcast rights of the pageant have been taken by Doordarshan, ZEE TV, Sony, UTV, TV Asia, SAHARA TV and B4U in the past, and have been shown to a world audience consisting of several million viewers.

The national director can be contacted on 610-6453.