Sujita Basnet, 18, from DC won the title of Miss Nepal USA 2011 at the beauty pageant held at Sheraton Hotel in Flushing, New York on Saturday, August 20, 2011.
Tilashmi Bista, 19, from Los Angeles, California was awarded first runner-up and Nabina Basnet, 21, from Dallas, Texas won the second runner up title.
The winner received prizes with retail value of $5000 along including scholarship and gift certificates. The first runner-up and the second runner-up were awarded prizes worth $3000 and $2000 respectively along with other gift certificates.
Kiran Chetry, popular TV host from CNN, and Pukar Malla, a Nepali Harvard graduate who was elected as the President of the Harvard Graduate Council for the academic year 2010/11, were among some of the judges for the event.
There were total of 27 finalists, age 18 to 27, from all around the United States.
The show scheduled for 7pm started around 9:45 pm EST. Winners were announced around 3am EST.