They were all over the place, dazzling saris and ethnic
jewellery in place. Former pageant winners Pooja Batra, Diana
Hayden and Celina Jaitley rubbed shoulders with biggies from
Hollywood at The 12th Annual Miss Showbiz India pageant held
recently at the historic Alex Theatre.
Former Miss India and actress, Pooja Batra was on the panel of
judges, which included names such as Randall Wallace (Oscar-winning
writer of Braveheart and Pearl Harbor), Shani
Rigsbee (background score for Crash, House of
Sand and Fog), Dawn Thomas (development executive at
Will Smith's Overbrook entertainment) and Nicholas Guilak (a
regular on the hit show 24). Former Miss World Diana
Hayden hosted the show along with the pageant's executive producer
and former Miss LA India, Reshma Dordi.
Anita Vasan of California was crowned the winner of the coveted
title this year, attended by Parminder Nagra (Bend It like
Beckam), Naureen Dewolf (Ocean's 13) and Luenell
The star-studded Miss Showbiz India beauty pageant has become a
premier Indian event in North America. Beginning with a red carpet
welcome, the function ended Hollywood style with a wrap party at
Catch the bevy of beauties on Zee Cafe on Saturday, August 25,
at 10.30 pm.