LOS ANGELES — The new Miss India America and The Elite Awards 2017 winners were announced during a star-studded red carpet gala held at the LAX Renaissance Hotel here Aug. 5, presented by South Asia Magazine, Wells Fargo, and JINmodels.com. The show will air later on B4U TV. 

Show creator and producer Jinnder Chohaan managed to pull off one of the best parties of the year as she celebrated the gala event’s 25th anniversary, while continuing to enhance the South Asian community’s image internationally. “I’ve been dedicated for decades promoting South Asians internationally and enhancing the South Asian community image,” Chohaan said.

Along with the pageant, The Elite Awards 2017 had actress Briana Evigan (“Step Up”) and actor Brett Dalton (“Agents of Shield”) present the Media Legacy Award to the founder of E! Entertainment Television, Larry Namer. Actor Joe Mantegna (“Criminal Minds,” “Godfather 3”) was honored for his over 40 years in Hollywood.

Actress Rekha Sharma (“Star Trek Discovery”) and actor Charles Mesure (“The Magicians”) honored executive producers Jane Fleming and Mark Ordesky with their Elite Award. Bollywood director Vivek Agnihorti (“Chocolate,” “Zid,” “Hate Story,” “Buddha in a Traffic Jam”) was also honored.

The Elite Awards were brought on stage by the gorgeous Priya Patel, Miss India America; Heart Hayes, Miss India Globe; and Gurleen Kaur, Miss India Galaxy.

Celebrity judges for the night included director Vivek Agnihorti, Bollywood actress Pallavi Joshi, actress Rekha Sharma, actor Charles Mesure, actress Rini Bell (“Jarhead,” “The Terminal”), ‘Playmate of the Year’ Kennedy Summers, award-winning TV host Sarah Zapp, actress Alice Amter (“Big Bang Theory”), and Cindy Cowan (IEG co-founder).

Other celebrity attendees included popular singer Mickey Singh, model/actress Eugenia Kuzmina (“Bad Moms,” “Dirty Grandpa”), actor Brett Dalton (“Agents of Shield”), actress Briana Evigan (“Step Up” franchise), Chris Osborn (“How I Met Your Mother,” “Vampire Diaries,” “The Game”), actor Ken Davitian (“Borat”), actor Yancey Arias (“Queen of the South”), actress Debbie Sherman (“The Forgiven”), actress Kate Linder (“The Young & The Restless”), Punjabi singer/actor Jasbir Jassi, actress Wedil David (“Valentine’s Day”), ‘Playmate’ Khloe Terae, Indian American executive producer Sunil Perkash (“Salt”), actor Monty Geer (“Awkward”), Julia Ling (“Chuck”), and many others.

After posing on the red carpet amongst a flock of photographers and cameramen, including Getty Images and WireImage, celebrity guests were whisked into the opulent South Asia Magazine lounge and were treated to authentic Indian delicacies by Ashoka Restaurant. Sponsored beverages included Lamborghini Champagne, Graffiti Sparkling Wines, Domaine Chandon, and Robert Mondavi. Celebrity gift-bags were filled with premium Joico hair products and VI Aesthetics skincare.

The dazzling event concluded with India Laroda being crowned Miss India America by singing sensation Mickey Singh. India Laroda has an African American father and East Indian mother. “I'm honored to be crowned Miss India America 2017,” declared Laroda. “It's a blessing to be part of history as the first African American and East Indian to win this title in 25 years.”

The title of Mr. India America 2017 was grabbed by Karan Malik from Virginia.

Other 2017 winners included: Jaskiran Waraich, Miss India Globe; Georgia’s Satrugna Chowdry, Mr. India Globe; Veena Gurbani of Michigan, Miss India Global; Ricky Prasad, Mr. India Galaxy; Anisha Gupta, Miss India Galaxy; Aditi Parikh, Miss India North America; and Navjot Kaur, Miss India California 2017. India LaRoda and Karan Malik also won JINmodels.com’s Mr. & Miss Photogenic 2017. Navjot Kaur and Arizona’s Nitish Singh were the winners of the People’s Choice Awards for 2017.

The evening ended with a celebration dance party by DJ Raj Gujral of Sound Nation. For more details on the event, email info@SouthAsiaInc.com.

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