Miss India Worldwide Pageant is produced by the IFC, based in New York City.
The IFC is a pioneer organization in conducting Indian pageants and fashion shows in the USA and worldwide. The committee has also been conducting the Miss India New York and the Miss India USA Pageants annually since 1980.
In 1990, Mr. Dharmatma Saran, Chairman and Founder of the IFC, decided to take the pageant one step further to an international level and started The First Miss India Worldwide Pageant. For the first time ever, Asian-Indian communities from all over the world came together in New York for this event. The pageant was an instant success and was acclaimed as “the most glamorous Indian function in the world.” To the best of our knowledge, no other ethnic organization has ever conducted a pageant of this magnitude on an international level.
In line with other prestigious international pageants, we have also started staging Miss India Worldwide in various parts of the world. In 1997, the pageant was organized in Bombay to salute India on its 50th anniversary of independence. In the year 1998, the pageant was organized, in association with UTV International, in the exotic and beautiful city of Singapore.
The IFC selects distinguished local organizations in various parts of the world and authorize them to conduct national pageants in their respective countries. At this time we have affiliates in over twenty five countries.
The contestants in all the pageants are of Indian origin, between the ages of 17 and 27, never married, and are citizens, residents, or born in the country which they represent. The pageant consists of four segments – Evening Gown, Indian Dress, Talent and Question-Answer. The winners of all the various national pageants from all over the world vie for the glamorous and prestigious title of the Miss India Worldwide.
The IFC motivates and guides its winners and contestants to take up charitable causes. Many of our past winners have raised substantial amount of money for various charities, especially for handicapped children.
The name Miss India Worldwide was registered under the trademark act of USA and has been granted Trade Mark by the Commissioner of Patents and Trademarks of the United States Government.
We are very proud of the fact that we have been able to provide a common platform for the international Indian community through pageantry. We are equally proud of the fact that we have been able to imbibe Indian values, traditions and culture among the youth of Indian origin around the world. We have also been successful in promoting Indian performing arts in the world. Quite apart from being functions of great social and cultural value, our pageants fulfill the underlying purpose of raising funds for charitable causes. The poet Ralph Waldo Emerson once said, “to know that one life has breathed easier because you have lived, this is to have succeeded.” In this spirit, we have encouraged, motivated, and guided our winners in taking up charitable causes.