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UMass Boston Grad Student Named Miss India USA

Colleen Locke | March 10, 2014
Mansee Sangani, a first-year student in UMass Boston's MSIT Program, was crowned Miss India USA on March 2, 2014. Image provided by Mansee Sangani Mansee Sangani is a first-year student in UMass Boston's MSIT Program.

I believe that there is a lot more to a beauty pageant than just being glammed up and looking good.

Mansee Sangani Studying Information Technology at UMass Boston

Lab technician and UMass Boston management student Mansee Sangani has another title to add to her résumé: she’s the new Miss India USA.

Sangani, the reigning Miss India New England, was crowned Jewel of India’s Miss India USA on March 2 in Atlantic City. Sangani had to get through five rounds for the title: Indian wear, evening gown, fitness, talent, and question and answer. For her talent, Sangani danced to a popular Bollywood song; for her question, she had to talk about her ideas for the most feasible way to tackle obesity, which she said is a combination of healthy eating, exercise, and education.

"I believe that there is a lot more to a beauty pageant than just being glammed up and looking good,” Sangani said. “As Indian women we are spiritually nourished and fortified by a culture that goes far beyond recorded history. We are physically resilient, mentally strong, and spiritually fortified, and this pageant is really a test of that.”

Sangani, a Norwood resident who earned her bachelor’s degree in biology at UMass Boston, is now pursuing a master’s degree in information technology in the College of Management. She also works fulltime as a lab technician at Foundation Medicine, Inc., a biotech company in Cambridge.

“I believe that UMass Boston possesses a very dynamic international student body which allows students to learn alongside possible future world leaders. I firmly believe that the MBA/MSIT program at the University of Massachusetts Boston will prepare me in the best possible way for the future market,” Sangani says.

Sangani will next be representing Jewel of India at an international pageant in India.

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