Virginia crowns first Indian-American Miss Virginia Teen USA

Himanvi Panidepu was crowned Miss Virginia Teen USA 2018 on Oct. 22. (Photo courtesy: Image Capital Group)

NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — For the first time in history, the State of Virginia has crowned an Indian-American as Miss Virginia Teen USA.

Himanvi Panidepu, a Centreville High School student and Miss Central Virginia USA winner, beat out thirty-nine other contestants to win the crown Sunday night.

The pageant was held at Tidewater Community Colleges Roper Theater in Downtown Norfolk.

Panidepu will serve as an advocate for children and adults with special needs and disabilities through the pageant’s involvement with Best Buddies International. She will also serve the Commonwealth and other various causes.