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Is the Mrs. India Worldwide Pageant a Scam?

30, April 2018

Faces of Haut Monde Mrs India Worldwide 2017, Season 7. Photo: Mrs. India Worldwide Facebook Faces of Haut Monde Mrs India Worldwide 2017, Season 7. Photo: Mrs. India Worldwide Facebook

India is a very competitive country when it comes to pageantry. Despite the controversial topic of Indian women being expected to be modest due to Indian culture, India has taken home several international crowns, including Miss World, Miss Universe, Miss Earth and Miss Globe. Our current Miss World is from India as well. (Read: Miss India is Miss World 2017!)

Photo: Business Insider UK Photo: Business Insider UK

Needless to say, it is clear that Indian beauty pageant contestants do not play games. India even has a Mr. India pageant, and the titleholder works closely with Miss India every year. One Indian pageant, Mrs. India Worldwide, seems to be getting progressively more and more popular each year. But are the directors being fair with the contestants? One woman claims she was robbed of Rs 58,000 by Mrs. India Worldwide pageant organizers. (Read: How to Become a Pageant Director)

How did she become interested in competing? 

The victim, who wishes to remain anonymous, claims she came across a Facebook post with the announcement of the upcoming pageant, "Haut Monde Mrs. India Worldwide Beauty Pageant." She had previously competed in other pageants and decided to click on the link and sign up. The site she was then redirected to asked her to fill out her basic information and pay a down payment of Rs 3,000. After waiting several weeks, she finally received an email from the organizers instructing her to attend auditions, where she had to pay an additional Rs 55,000 after receiving a callback from the organization.

Photo: via INDIA New England Photo: INDIA New England

How did the pageant organizers respond? 

According to the victim, they never responded to her calls or her emails after taking her total of Rs 58,000. “Post that, I called the organizers multiple times, but they never answered," she said. "It was then that I smelt a rat. I ran some searches online only to find out that the organizers had done something similar to contestants in 2016.” She then decided to back out from the competition and notify the organizers accordingly. However, after a call in which she demanded she be refunded the total Rs 58,000, they responded that this payment is nonrefundable before abruptly ending the call. (Read: Top 10 Ways To Protect Yourself From Getting Ripped Off at a Pageant)

The site has been reported and further investigations are ongoing as they attempt to figure out what is going on behind the fraud.

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