Photoshoot: Emily Shah ♔ Miss New Jersey USA 2014

I know I sound like a broken record when it comes to this but.. it makes me soo freaking happy to see Desis diving into things “out of the box” and succeeding. Someone correct me if I’m wrong but I don’t think there’s ever been a Desi Miss USA (??).. this year we DID crown our very first Indian Miss America though (different org for you non-enthusiasts!), so we are on our way I’m sure of it!! I love the progression and the fact that we’re slowly beginning to represent in the media and industry.

Having South Asian roots isn’t the purpose of this post – it’s just a little tangent that makes me feel proud. I’m happy that the next generation won’t feel so different or alienated. It’ll be nice to be able to watch Miss USA and think “hey! she kind of looks like me!” and feel just as American as the blonde haired blue eyed girl walking next to her. Diversity and progression make me squeal inside hehe.

Aaaaaanywho!! This beauty is 2014’s Miss New Jersey USA & her name is Emily Shah! With quite a few crowns & sashes under her belt I’m excited to see her rock the Miss USA stage this summer. I had the pleasure of shooting with her last week and like i said… she is a beaaaauty! Enjoy the photos and of course, behind the scenes video! xoxo

selfie fail. lol
Photography: Irene Mahmud
Model: Emily Shah
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