From a field of 19 contestants competing at Arena Stage on Sunday night, only one would continue on to September’s Miss America pageant in Atlantic City. 23 year old Bindu Pamarthi, who won both the Evening Gown and Talent preliminary competitions, also nabbed the ultimate title, Miss District of Columbia 2013.
Platform: Tolerance Upside-down: Intolerance for Blind Consumerism
Talent: Bollywood Dance – Stereo Love
Here, newly crowned Bindhu Pamarthi chats with KSM at her afterglow party at Station 4 Restaurant. She dishes on her favorite portions of competition, why she wants to “reform pageantry,” and how, with this win, she’s giving her Mother exactly what she wanted for her 50th birthday.