A 23-year-old Indian girl, an admirer of former Miss Universe Sushmita Sen, won the coveted Miss Asia Pacific 2012 title, held in Busan, Seoul in South Korea on Saturday June 16.
Himangini Singh Yadu, who hails from Indore Madhya Pradesh, brought back the prestigious crown to India after 12 years, beating out 19 other contestants in the international beauty pageant.
"This is a dream come true! All the hard work, time and effort that my mentors have put in with me has paid off," Himangini said in a statement.
"I am extremely thankful to the entire I AM She team and Sushmita Sen... I couldn't have done it without them! I am extremely thrilled at making them and India proud," she added.
"We Did It' My heartfelt congratulations to 'I AM She' contestant Himangini Singh for winning 'Miss Asia Pacific World 2012' in Korea 2day:) (sic)," the ecstatic mentor of Himangini and also a supermodel-turned-actress Sushmita Sen tweeted, adding, "Himangini also becomes d1st ever 'I AM she' contestant 2 win a prestigious INT title since we initiated 'I AM she' competition in 2010."
A BCA graduate, Himangini was crowned Miss Indore in 2006. Tuyanaa Temenjargal of Mongolia was crowned the first runner-up and Diana Kubasova of Latvia won the second runner-up title in the international beauty pageant.
(Author - Manees Bajpai)