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Daughter of Rickshaw Driver, Manya Singh crowned as Miss India 2020 runner-Up

Manya Singh

Manya Singh, daughter of a rickshaw driver from Uttar Pradesh has been crowned as Miss India 2020 runner-up. The victory turned sweeter by the fact that after many sleepless nights and years of hard work she earned this achievement.

Manya earlier opened up about the struggles she faced on the road to success. She stated that she hoped to inspire others by using the platform provided by Miss India to talk about her journey.  

In a post shared by the official Instagram handle of Miss India back in December, she said, “My blood, sweat, and tears have amalgamated into the courage to pursue my dreams.”

Born in Kushinagar, she said in her post that she grew up in tough circumstances, spending nights without food or sleep and walking miles just to save a few rupees. She yearned for books and clothes that were not hand-me-downs, but luck was never in her favor, she said.

She believes that education is the strongest weapon one can have with themselves at all times. She also mentioned in an Instagram post that her parents mortgaged whatever little jewelry they had to pay for her exam fee. Doted on by her mother, she has won the Best Student award during her Higher Secondary College.

She said she struggled a lot in life till date, from not being able to pay her school fees to not being able to afford books and being neglected by her classmates for being an auto driver’s daughter”.

Manya said that she studied during the day, washed dishes in the evening, and worked at a call center at night to make a living. “I’ve walked hours to reach places so I could save the rickshaw fare,” she said.

After the crowning ceremony, she said, “I am here today at the VLCC Femina Miss India 2020 stage to uplift my father, my mother, and my young brother and to show the world that all is possible if you are committed to yourself and your dreams.”

The Miss India organization thanked the newly crowned for “sharing her story of struggle and hard work” and hailed her as an inspiration to others. 

The Miss India pageant is organized by Femina, a women’s magazine published by The Times Group.

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