Paromita Mitra, 17, a Bangladeshi immigrant in the United States, has won the crown for the Miss Mississippi Teen USA 2009 competition, according to a message received here on Tuesday.
The victory in the last week’s competition, sponsored by The Miss Universe Organization and NBC Universe, will now bring Paromita to the Miss Teen USA Pageant competition in 2009, to get a chance to embark on a year of traveling around the world, working with incredible non-profit organizations and attending red carpet events.
As a winner, Paromita received some scholarship money, travel allowances, New York Film Academy Awards, several custom designed cosmetics and jewelries, and speech and communication training for Miss Teen USA, among many.
Paromita’s onstage question was: What magazine cover she would like to appear on and what her headline would be.
“Time Magazine,” she said and preferred the headline to be “The headline would be: A new generation for women”. “Because I believe that I could be a diverse addition to the Teen USA programme,” she said at the competition stage.
Daughter of Dr Amal and Ratna Mitra, Paramita is a senior at Oak Grove High School in Hattiesburg, Mississippi while she is the Senior Class President, a cheerleader, a pianist, and a member of her school debate club and the robotics team and in the future she wants to be an aeronautical engineer and work for NASA.
With her areas of interests being astronomy, physics, and math, Paromita likes Bengali music and dance while in one of her last pageant competitions, she performed a Bengali folk dance.
She plans to visit Bangladesh in summer 2009. She wants to help the underprivileged children here.