NEW YORK CITY (TIP): Nisha Kalamdani, a resident of New Jersey was crowned Miss Nepal US Ambassador 2015, on Saturday August 22nd at the New York Society for Ethical Culture in New York City. Nisha is the first ever Indian American to win the crown.
The star-studded event; 5th Miss Nepal US with the theme of “Rebuilding Nepal” primarily focusing on charity for Nepal’s earthquake disaster relief in the hopes of recovering and rebuilding was organized by Event Planet Inc. in association with Consulate General of Nepal in New York & Nepalese American Foundation.
Bollywood actress & Goodwill Ambassador of Nepal Government PM Fund for Disaster; Manisha Koirala graced the occasion as a Guest of Honor & Chief Jury along with several other dignitaries.
With their annual Miss Nepal USA pageant, the organizers opened up a new platform this year to elect an Ambassador from American females of all races, in an effort to strengthen the Nepalese-American Youth relationship and to give opportunities to those who want to help Nepal, and have elaborately formulated relief effort concepts to support the Nepal earthquake victims and thus give an opportunity to the winner to help in the development of a newer Nepal.
Nisha was bestowed this honor by the unanimous vote of the judges. Nisha will be representing the USA and will also be visiting Nepal for an official trip to meet with the Government officials, including the President and the Prime Minister of the country to formulate a plan to work on her project related to support Rebuilding Nepal campaign. The organizers of the Miss Nepal US Ambassador are currently working with the Consulate General of Nepal with the required formalities. It is a proud moment for all Indians and Americans, as Nisha is the first Miss Nepal US Ambassador, as well as the first American of Indian descent to get this high honor.
Nisha has been doing volunteer work since her high school days, be it for Autism Awareness, Cancer patients at the Robert Wood Johnson Hospital, Veteran’s Home in New Jersey, Indian Soldiers, The Lions Club or other such causes.
Nisha is a fashion model and an actress. She has done many fashion shows as a showstopper for Indian & Main stream American designers. She has been featured in 3 American magazines. She has also done several commercials in the US and shot for products for print ads in India. She has acted in short films and a couple of feature films. One of her feature films ‘Uncommitted‘ has been awarded Best Narrative Feature at The World Indie Film Fest (TWIFF). Uncommitted also bagged another award – Best Feature Film at Online Film Festival (#TOFF) in June 2015. Uncommitted was officially selected by The Los Angeles CineFest and Brooklyn, New York City based ‘Festival of Colors 2015’. The movie world premier will be held by TWIFF on September 26th, 2015 at New People Cinema in San Francisco, CA.
Nisha has recently completed a Gujarati feature film ‘Romance Complicated‘. The movie has been shot in New York, New Jersey, Florida, Ahmedabad & Rajkot.
Last year, Nisha was selected as the TOP 5 finalists at the Miss India USA 2014 pageant, where she also won the Miss Beautiful Hair award. Later, she also won the Miss Photogenic at the IMIFF 2015. In addition, she has walked the ramp at the exclusive fashion show, as a Showstopper for Silk Threads by Designer Ruby Bhandari at the recently concluded 2-day Glorious Gujarat 2015 in New Jersey.
Always a photographer’s delight, she plans to Major in Acting, pursue her career as a Model & Actor and is keen to do some quality work in this profession.
Nisha says, ” It’s a great feeling to be receiving the honor that I was given. I think it’s very important for anyone who is given such platform to utilize it and make a difference in people’s lives. I believe it’s even more important for me because my generation is the one that should make the most difference, as we are the next leaders. With this Miss Nepal US Ambassador platform I plan on raising awareness and knowledge around the world. I think in America we are blessed with resources and education, but it’s important for us to extend beyond that to help the less privileged. As a Miss Nepal US Ambassador, I plan to truly help rebuild Nepal and make a difference in their lives. I feel that through this honor and platform, I will have more access to the needed resources and thus help the less fortunate in a better way. I hope that my friends and colleagues will further assist me in every possible way to help those affected. This is not a task that any single person can accomplish. It is a joint effort and I request each and every one to do their little bit in this mammoth task of rebuilding our neighbor – “Rebuilding Nepal”.