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Dubai to host Miss India Worldwide 2014 beauty pageant

Event will include unmarried contestants of Indian origin from more than 40 countries

Dubai to host Miss India Worldwide 2014 beauty pageant

The Miss India Worldwide 2014 beauty pageant will be held in Dubai on June 20, the Indo-Asian News Service (IANS) has confirmed.

"More than 40 contestants of Indian origin settled in various countries across the globe between the age of 17 years and 27 years, unmarried and citizens, residents, or born in the country they represent, will participate in the Miss India Worldwide pageant," Anuj Saxena, national director, Miss India Worldwide and CEO of Maverick Productions, was quoted as saying.

The pageant consists of four rounds: evening wear, Indian dress, talent and interview.

"Miss India Worldwide crown was started more than 20 years ago and is held in different countries every year," said Saxena.

The event will be held in parallel with a Bollywood film festival and Indian culinary week.

Last month, billionaire Donald Trump revealed he was also in talks to stage a beauty pageant in Dubai and bring the worldwide Miss Universe brand to the emirates.

“It’s something we could always discuss; we’ve discussed it briefly,” he said during a visit to Dubai in May.

The annual Miss Universe competition judges the female contestants on their beauty, with a swimwear and evening gown rounds. They are also interviewed on stage.

Trump bought the show – which is one of the most expensive beauty pageants in the world – in 1996.

He said 18 countries were presently bidding to be involved in the competition, which started in California in 1952.

The UAE was not one of those countries but he believed it could be in the future.

“I would say it absolutely could come here sometime in the future. I think it would be a great success for Dubai,” Trump said.

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