Beauty pageants have always had a specific criterion for ladies who want to join and get the crown, and mostly they represent only those who possess the beauty standard that society has set for us. Now, survivors, people with disabilities, and people of color are adequately represented on the international stage, breaking stereotypes and racial divisions.
Miss World 2021’s first runner-up Shree Saini, an Indian-American, has stated that “being a heart patient and a facial burn survivor, I represented every disabled person and everyone who felt excluded or defeated.”
At 12, Shree had to have a pacemaker as a heart patient. Doctors told her that she could never dance or do extreme activities. However, she didn’t let that get in her way.
“I am so grateful to be the Miss World’s Global Ambassador of Beauty with the purpose and the 1st Runner Up. I proudly represented 333 million Americans and billions of Indians all over the world,” said Shree.
The 24-year-old beauty queen added that she wishes to pursue the path of serving the world by handing out the gift of encouragement through building individuals up and lifting their spirits all over the world.
“There are more hearts to be healed all around the world,” she added.
Shree holds the titles of Miss India USA and Miss India Worldwide 2018. Born to Sanjay Saini (father) and Ekta Saini (mother) in Punjab, India, Shree migrated to the US with her parents.
“Shree Saini winning the First Runner Up and Ambassador Beauty with Purpose shows that Indian origin girls living outside India can also excel on the world stage. I foresee in the very near future Indian origin girls living outside of India winning the titles of Miss World and Miss Universe,” said chairman and founder of Miss India USA and Worldwide, Dharmatma Saran.