Meenal Darak, Miss India Seattle, USA 2016 Winner & Miss INDIA USA Contestant (Life story and Journey)
USA TV news would like to congratulate Meenal Darak for being People’s choice Miss India USA 2016 that happened on Dec 17 and 18th in Royal Albert Palace This poll was done by interviewing people from the audience on whom they think have higher chances of winning or deserves to win. Meenal Darak who has been Miss India Seattle 2016 winner is born and brought up in Mumbai. Meenal Darak is a perfect combination of brain and beauty. Her parents who flew from Mumbai to US to see the Miss India Seattle USA show felt very proud to see her crowned and were delighted to know that the audience poll thought she deserves to be Miss India USA 2016.
In the miss India USA show, Meenal’s evening gown was designed by Seattle fashion week designer Shawn Wolf of Mimi designs and her gowns for pre and post interviews were designed by Third Loom by Olga. Her traditional round wardrobe was sponsored by Paaneri, designer from Mumbai (City of Bollywood Film Stars) who also sponsored her outfit for Miss India Seattle show held in September. Meenal’s hair and makeup for Miss India USA show was done by ace hair and make up artist Amisha Hritt from Avas cosmetics who is a celebrity artist. Her makeup was done by a young artist in Seattle called Twentyfoursevenartistry by Sophia Khan. The Miss India Seattle USA show is organized by Menka Soni the founder of Ravishing woman and her mission is to encourage and empower women. The proceeds from the show go to a charity foundation called Api Chaya.
Meenal has done a lot of modeling shoots while studying in Mumbai . Currently, Meenal is a corporate woman but loves doing modeling, dance shows, theatre and acting during weekends because it rejuvenates her mind. She takes her hobbies very seriously and hence she excels in those areas as well. Meenal was confident that she will win the Seattle crown because her mom and dad were there to support her .In the question round when a judge asked her to talk about about one lesson that her mom taught her in life. She confidently replied that this is the best question asked since today she is very confident on stage because her mom taught her to never fear stage and speak in front of hundreds of people by being the queen of the stage. She said that she already feels like a winner because her parents are in USA to see the show. The audience and judges loved her answer and after the crowning ceremony, everyone congratulated her on her witty attitude, confidence and strong stage presence and wished her luck for the next Miss India USA show happening in New York organized by IFC.
In Miss India USA Seattle show, Meenal’s talent round took everyone by surprise because she changed costumes more than 6 times in approx 3 minute song(Video attached) and this effort was covered in Dainik Bhaskar news- http://m.bhaskar.com/news/c-8-1468069-id0505-NOR.html?utm_source=whatsapp&utm_medium=wa_share&utm_campaign=social_share The audience had never seen something like this before and she performed the same talent at Miss India USA which was very much liked by the audience.
When we asked Meenal on what her goal in life is? She said that she would like to see herself as a corporate woman and appear in Business magazines. Meenal Darak is a B.COM, M.COM, Company secretary, MBA (USA), certified PMIBA (Project manager and business analyst) (USA) and works in a fortune 50 Tech company in Seattle. Meenal loves acting and modeling on weekends and is willing to continue this passion as and when time permits from her busy office life. Meenal did few advertisements and music videos in Bollywood and she was trained for beauty pageants and catwalk by none other than Hemant Trivedi who groomed several celebrities like Aishwarya Rai, Lara Dutta.
Meenal has recently launched an android app called ‘Lifestyle tracker’ because she believes that corporate people need to balance a healthy life while staying busy and hence she came up with this unique app to remind them to keep their lifestyle on track.
When we asked her if she would like to work in Bollywood/Hollywood, she instantly said a yes but indicated that she will like to retire as a corporate woman.
Her Dad has been President in a large Multinational company and brother Sumish Darak has always been supportive in her modeling aspirations .She mentioned that entire family always encouraged her to be confident and continue modeling along with her studies. Manju Darak, her mother has been a professor and did a lot of stage acting, dancing and singing in her young life and but she gave up her career to bring up her Meenal and to help her with studies and extra curricular activities. Hence Meenal’s mom has been a key factor in making Meenal a confident lady and Meenal does owe her success to her mom today.
Meenal Darak mentioned that she has great friends who have also been her mentors/supporters in her life and and some of the names she mentioned were Tahaab Rais, Minal Chauhan, Madhvi Khetrapal, Tarandeep Virdi, Jessica Hayes, Aman Singh, Ami Trivedi, Rav and Premal Rai.
Everyone in Seattle is confident that she will move forward in the worldwide competition with 42 countries and make everyone more proud. Her cousins are eagerly waiting to celebrate the crown with her and they count her as role model and truly feel that she is a woman who will help change the traditional thinking within Marwadi culture. We all wish her best of luck for her endeavour.
Her introduction video for Miss INDIA USA contest was directed by a short film award winner Tarun Seth and received 9000 views in 1 day. You can watch the video here-https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=665705903591874&id=146743222154814
We wish to see her with her worldwide crown.
You can view her facebook profile: Meenal D’rock and her public figure page is Miss India USA WA-Meenal Darak