For the first step, Jain submitted a portfolio of photos and survived a round of intense phone interviews. From there, she was selected as one of 16 contestants from around the world who met in Atlanta for the final event.
“All the participants were from other states, including a few who came from India and one from Australia,” she said.
After winning first place in Atlanta, Jain and her family headed to the four-day Mrs. International contest in Chicago, where events included showing off evening gowns and cocktail dresses. Though she didn’t snag the top honor, she did capture the title of Mrs. New Delhi-International.
“My husband, who has thoroughly supported me from day one, and my daughters loved it,” she said. “Four days after I became Mrs. New Delhi-International, we went to India. The whole family there was so happy for me, they had called the newspapers, and there were reporters waiting for me there.”
The win has given Jain the bigger platform she wanted to share her heritage. And it has also made her a celebrity at her children’s school.
“I was asked to read at my daughter’s class, and she told me I had to wear my crown and sash,” said Jain with a laugh. “I couldn’t believe it. But fortunately, the teacher thought it would be something the children would certainly remember, and they really were very excited. It turned out to be the sweetest thing!”