Sonika Roy from Bhubaneswar, Odisha was officially crowned Miss Asia Pacific International India 2017 during a crowning ceremony organised by Fashion India. She will now travel to the Philippines for Miss Asia Pacific International 2017 contest. She succeeds Shrishti Vyakranam as the new representative for India to the international contest. Shrishti was in the top 10 in the 2016 edition.
Sonika Roy is a trained Indian Classical Dance Odissi, model and an actress who has worked in several Odia Movies and modeled for many brands. She is a brand ambassador of Odisha’s leading spice brand and is associated with old age home. She was among the top 3 of Femina Miss India Odisha 2017.
Going to Miss Asia Pacific International is certainly an opportunity for Sonika Roy. The pageant is old. It was first held in 1965. Over the years, there has been change in the criteria and name of the contest. Nevertheless it has enjoyed huge popularity in past. India has won the pageant thrice in past. The first Indian to win was famous Bollywood actress Zeenat Aman. She achieved the feat in 1970. Then Tara Anne Fonseca won the title again in 1973. After a gap of 27 years, Diya Mirza won the title in 2000. The pageant was not held in 2006-2015 due to funds issue. Interestingly, Srishti Vyakaranam was India’s bet at Miss Asia Pacific International 2016. She is a contestant in Femina Miss India 2017 pageant. She was also a contestant in Miss Diva 2016 (Miss India Universe).