Manju Bangalore is a physicist, a poet, an actor, a model, a beauty queen and the founder of two nonprofits. She hails from Corvallis, Benton County, Oregon, United States.
Bangalore is a first-generation Indian American. Here are 13 more things about her:
- From 2010 to 2014, she attended Crescent Valley High School in Corvallis.
- From 2014 to 2018, she attended the University of Oregon in Eugene, Lane County, Oregon where she obtained her bachelor’s degree in physics.
- In February 2015, she funded Operation Period, a youth-led, all-volunteer menstrual health nonprofit based in Eugene. From June 2015 to August 2015, she was a technology development intern at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. From September 2015 to June 2016, she was an undergraduate researcher at the University of Oregon.
- From September 2016 to December 2016, she was a National Science and Technology Council intern at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy in Washington, D.C., USA.
- From June 2017 to February 2019, she was aerospace engineering intern at NASA in Houston. From September 2017 to June 2018, she was an education and program coordinator at the Association of Space Explorers in Houston, Texas, USA.
- On September 20, 2018, she represented Oregon at Miss World America 2018 and competed against nine other finalists. She did not make it to the Top 3.
- In July 2019, she joined Citizen Skull Productions in Los Angeles, California as an actor.
- On October 12, 2019, she represented California at Miss World America 2019 and competed against 41 other candidates at The Orleans Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA. She finished in the Top 10.
- On January 12, 2020, she represented Benton County at Miss Oregon USA 2020, competed against 20 other candidates at Mt. Hood Community College in Gresham, Oregon. She was unplaced.
- In October 2020, she founded Painting With Parkinson’s, a nonprofit that provides free painting kits and virtual art classes to those with Parkinson’s, in honor of her father who has the disease. On October 16, 2020, she represented Oregon at Miss World America 2020 and competed against 29 other candidates in a virtual competition amid the new coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. She finished in the Top 10.
- On March 21, 2021, she represented Benton County at Miss Oregon USA 2022, competed against 10 other candidates at Holiday Inn Portland in Portland, Oregon. She was unplaced.
- On October 15, 2022, she represented Benton County at Miss Oregon USA 2023, competed against 22 other candidates at the Sherwood Center for the Arts, Sherwood, Oregon and won the title
- She was 25 years old when she was crowned Miss Oregon USA 2023. On October 16, 2023, she will represent Oregon at Miss USA 2023 at the Grand Sierra Resort in Reno, Nevada, USA.