Nineteen contestants competed last night at Arena Stage as the D.C. pageant celebrates its 60th anniversary.
The Georgetown University law student won both the Evening Gown and Talent preliminary competitions and walked away with the coveted title, Miss District of Columbia 2013.
Parmathi, 23, performed a Bollywood dance to the song “Stereo Love” as her pageant talent.
Her pageant platform is “Tolerance Upside-down: Intolerance for Blind Consumerism.”
She will travel to Atlantic City in September to represent the District of Columbia in the Miss America Pageant.
2013 Judges Were:
– Alberto Avandano, El Tiempo Latino/The Washington Post
– Erin Blakely, Pie Sisters
- Myrna Farmer, US State Department Office of Protocol
- Craig Helsing, former Vice President of BMW
– Tina Sauerhammer, Children’s National Medical Center
- Michael Steele, former RNC Chairman and MSNBC Contributor
If Parmathi is crowned Miss America, she will become the third Miss District of Columbia titleholder to wear the national crown.
Previous winners representing the District of Columbia are Miss America 1921 Margaret Gorman and Miss America 1944 Venus Ramey.
“In the last 15 years,” according to pageant officials, “Nicole Messina, Miss District of Columbia 1998, won a Miss America Preliminary Talent Award and was named to the top ten semi-finalists; Marshawn Evans, Miss District of Columbia 2001, won the Miss America Preliminary Talent and Interview Awards and was 3rd runner-up to Miss America; Shannon Schambeau, Miss District of Columbia 2005, won the Miss America Preliminary Swimsuit Award and was selected 4th runner-up to Miss America; and Kate Marie Grinold, Miss District of Columbia 2008, and Jennifer Corey, Miss District of Columbia 2009, each were chosen as semi-finalists in their respective Miss America competitions.”
The final evening of this year’s Miss America Pageant will be broadcast live on the ABC television network.
About Miss District of Columbia Pageant
The Miss DC Pageant is a preliminary competition whose purpose is to select the young women (Miss DC & Miss DC’s Outstanding Teen) who will represent the District of Columbia in the upcoming Miss America and Miss America’s Outstanding Teen competitions. The women compete on stage in 4 phases of competition with talent, the most significant portion of the competition, accounting for 35% of the total score.
An emphasis on education, talent and the performing arts is what distinguishes the Miss America program from other pageants. In addition, the young lady and top 5 finalists are awarded a scholarship from the Miss DC Scholarship Organization.
The Miss District of Columbia Scholarship Organization’s main mission is to provide contestants with the opportunity to pursue their personal, professional and educational goals. While Miss DC Scholarship Organization’s primary responsibilities are to raise and award scholarships, the DC Scholarship Pageant also provides the young women of the District of Columbia opportunities for growth and achievement.
Photos by Bruce Guthrie
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