The grand finale of VLCC Femina Miss India 2020 took place on February 10, 2021. The event was held at Mumbai’s Hyatt Regency hotel. The pageant had a jury panel of Pulkit Samrat, Neha Dhupia, and Chitrangada Singh. After a nail-biting competition, Manasa Varanasi was crowned as the VLCC Femina Miss India 2020.
On the same night, Manika Sheokand was declared VLCC Femina Miss Grand India 2020, while Manya Singh from Uttar Pradesh has been crowned as the runner-up of Miss India 2020 pageant.
However, the win was extra sweet for the runner-up Manya Singh who happens to be the daughter of a rickshaw driver. For her, the victory was a combination of years of hard work and sleepless nights. She was elated to have been the runner-up of the Miss India 2020 pageant.
Earlier, Manya Singh had candidly spoken about the struggle she has faced on the road to success. The 19-year-old said that she hopes to inspire others by using the platform provided to her by Miss India to talk about her journey.
Back in December 2020, the official Instagram handle of Miss India had shared a post wherein, Manya is spilling beans on her struggle. In the post, she is saying, "My blood, sweat, and tears have amalgamated into the courage to pursue my dreams.”
In the video, Manya has revealed that she grew up in tough circumstances, spending nights without food or sleep. She even mentioned walking miles to save a few rupees. The young girl with dreams in her eyes yearned for books and clothes. However, that was not hand-me-down, but luck, she says, was never in her favour.
Manya’s parents mortgaged whatever little jewellery they had to pay for her exam fee.
The post shared by Miss India says that Manya believes education is the strongest weapon one can have with themselves at all times.
The post further adds, "Doted on by her mother, she has won the Best Student award during her HSC. She has struggled a lot in life till date, from not being able to pay her school fees, not being able to afford books, and being neglected by her classmates for being an auto driver's daughter.”
In the post, Manya Singh reveals that she studied by the day. Later, washed dishes in the evening and worked at a call center at night to get by.
Indeed, Manya Singh’s story is an inspiration to anyone who is willing to pursue their dreams.