Indian-American Shah was the youngest among more than 130 contestants in the New Jersey pageant held over the weekend. She will now go on to compete for the Miss USA and Miss Universe titles.
Shah has a background in entertainment in both India and America. She has acted in Hollywood films, like "The Great New Wonderful" with Naseeruddin Shah and Bollywood films such as "Out of Control" alongside Riteish Deshmukh, "Ta Ra Rum Pum," and "Jaaneman," among others.
The daughter of La-based Bollywood producer Prashant Shah, Emily plans to work in action films and is currently working as an assistant of the stunt team for the Hollywood movie "Run All Night" starring Liam Neeson and Ed Harris.