"after 21 years we have the CROWN back!”
Indian contestant Sargam Koushal was crowned Mrs World 2022 at a gala event hosted in Las Vegas.
The event was held at the Westgate Las Vegas Resort and Casino and it saw participants from over 63 countries.
For the final round, Sargam wore a gorgeous pink dress with a daring central slit, putting her legs on display.
She paired the gown with silver heels.
Sargam burst into tears after discovering she defeated Mrs Polynesia and Mrs Canada. She was presented with the crown by Mrs World 2021 Shaylyn Ford.
Her win was India’s first since 2001. On Instagram, the Mrs India pageant account wrote:
“The long wait is over, it’s after 21 years we have the CROWN back!”
The newly-crowned Mrs World said:
“We’ve got the crown back after 21-22 years. I’m so excited. Love you India, love you world.”
For the pageant, she was trained by specialists in the industry.
This included the likes of fitness trainer Jinni Shaikh, hair and make-up professional Cherag Bambboat and dietician Dr Varun Katyal.
Actress and model Aditi Govitrikar bagged the coveted crown in 2001 and she congratulated Sargam Koushal on the win.
She said: “Heartiest congratulations Sargam, so happy to have been part of the journey.. it was time the crown came back after 21 years.”
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Sargam Koushal is originally from Jammu and Kashmir but is based in Mumbai.
She got married in 2018 and her husband is in the Indian Navy. It is reported that Sargam discovered her passion for pageantry after marriage.
The 32-year-old holds a postgraduate degree in English Literature and previously, she worked as a teacher in Vizag, Andhra Pradesh.
In addition to modelling, Sargam is a painter and content writer.
Sargam won Mrs India World 2022-23 in June 2022, which led her to represent India internationally.
She won the national pageant in front of a judging panel that featured Soha Ali Khan, Vivek Oberoi, Mohammad Azharuddin, Masumi Mewawalla and Aditi Govitrikar.
Meanwhile, Mrs World was launched in 1984 and it was the first beauty pageant for married women.
The concept of the pageant itself has its roots in Mrs America.
It was known as Mrs Woman of the World before being renamed Mrs World in 1988.
The annual pageant has become the largest marital pageant in the world, with directors in approximately 80 countries.
The United States has had the most winners, with eight.