Motilal said she was surprised to have taken the title as the other delegates were equally educated and also very beautiful. Motilal also won the Miss Photogenic and People’s Choice awards. She won $20,000 from Maritime Insurance.
First runner-up was Trinidad and Tobago’s Kimlyn Boodram who also won Best Hairstyle.
Second runner up was Shanique Singh of Jamaica with the third runner-up position going to Asia Gilharry of Belize.
Gilharry also won the Best Sari award. Representatives from TT, Canada, United States, Jamaica, Belize and Suriname were entered for the pageant. Public Relations Officer of the National Council for Indian Culture (NCIC) Surujdeo Mangaroo, said that there will a wider participation in 2017, as he will be inviting other countries to send a representative for the pageant. “This will take the shape of an international Divali Queen contest with delegates from many more countries,” he said.