Rhodes Scholar Serene Singh wins Miss Colorado and places in top 10 for Miss World America

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Rhodes Scholar Serene Singh, posing with the Miss World America Colorado crown for 2020. Photo: courtesy Sona Kaur

This past weekend, Oct. 17-18, 2020, Indian-American Serene Singh, 23, of Colorado Springs, Colorado, placed in the TOP 10 for Miss World America, the world’s largest and oldest pageant competition.

Singh is also a former America’s Junior Miss as well as Miss Colorado Teen, according to a press release.

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As a part of the Miss World America competition, Singh submitted tens of videos, statements and photos, and after winning the Miss Colorado title, she went through several other criteria including an  interview, fitness, talent, photogenic, entrepreneur, influencer, Q/A, head-to-head, among other competitions to land her a spot in the prestigious Top 10 in the USA, the press release said.

Singh said she was “so grateful and excited” to have represented her home state.

Former Miss World America’s have included the likes of Hollywood actress Halle Berry and former Miss USA Olivia Jordan.

“Pageantry for me has been an opportunity to meet like-minded women who care deeply about being multi-disciplined in life, serving a greater purpose than themselves, and representing the culture and communities I carry with me so that someone out there is inspired to do the same in their field or with their dreams – even if it has never been done before,” Singh is quoted saying.

A winner of the highly prestigious Rhodes Scholarship and a Truman Scholar, Singh attended the University of Colorado where she obtained Latin Honors in her degrees in Political Science and Journalism. Currently, she is a Doctoral student at the University of Oxford, doing research focusing on the treatment of women in the United States criminal justice system.

Her focus on women and girls extends beyond her research and according to her, is the same reason she competes in pageantry.

She was an intern with former First Lady Michelle Obama in the Global Girls Alliance initiative, and is the founder of The Serenity Project, a nonprofit that works with women survivors across the U.S. to build confidence tools and mentorship.

She is also working on a project in Jharkhand, India to help Indian adolescent village girls gain self-defense skills and resources to stay in school.

“In fact, I started my nonprofit with the knowledge I gained from my very first pageant title. I promised myself when I started competing to give all I am given back so more girls out there have opportunities like the ones I have had in my life to reach where I am today,” Singh says.

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