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Parul Shah placed 3rd Runner -Up at the Miss Grand International 2015 held at the Indoor Stadium Huamark in Bangkok, Thailand on October 25, 2015. The statuesque Filipina is among the 8 candidates of the prestigious international beauty pageant.
The morena beauty also snagged the Best National Costume award.During the competition, Parul wowed the judges in a gold bejeweled Muslim Maranaw Pricess-inspired ensemble by Filipino designer Edwin Uy.
Anea Garcia of Dominican Republic won the Miss Grand International 2015 crown.
Since her departure for the pageant, Parul has participated in a slew of activities as part of the competition including temple, island and farm visits as well as immersion in the rich culture of Thailand.
The nursing graduate from the University of the Cordillera in Baguio described her experience in competing for an international pageant as surreal. She expressed her gratitude for the Filipino fans and those who accompanied her in this journey.
In her Facebook page, Parul thanked all her supporters and dedicated her achievement to all them.
Parul grew up in 3 different countries – Dubai, India and the Philippines. She is fluent in Hindi,Arabic,Gujarat, Ilocano, Filipino, and English.
During the question and answer portion of the Miss Grand International Finals Night, she shared to the entire world how her father has been able to foster a peaceful environment among his family despite several differences in culture and beliefs.
During the question and answer portion, she said that having an Indian father, a practicing Hindu, and a Filipina mother, a devout Christian, did not become a hindrance for harmony to reign in their home. She stresses that everyone can co-exist peacefully through the virtue of humility, understanding and respect for each other’s beliefs.
Miss Grand International’s main advocacy is the promotion of peace. In their website, the International pageant administration describes it as “an annual beauty contest searching for potential woman to encourage and run the campaign “Stop the War and Violence”.
Parul’s victorious 3rd place finish is a back-to-back winning stint with Binibining Pilipinas queen Ann Lorraine Colis who recently won the Miss Globe crown in Toronto, Canada on October 8, 2015.
*Text from Official Press Release of BPCI