Femina Miss India 2020 pageant concluded recently and Manasa Varanasi was crowned Miss India 2020. However, runner-up Manya Singh is winning over everyone’s hearts even though she didn’t win the title.
Manya hails from Uttar Pradesh and is the daughter of an auto-rickshaw driver. Recently, she talked about her life and the struggles she has faced. She said, “I’ve spent numerous nights without food and sleep. I’ve spent many afternoons walking for miles on end. My blood, sweat, and tears have amalgamated into courage to pursue my dreams. Being a rickshaw driver’s daughter, I never had the opportunity to attend school as I had to start working in my teens. All the clothes I had were hand-me-downs. I yearned for books, but luck wasn’t in my favour.”
She further told, “Eventually, my parents mortgaged whatever little jewellery my mother had to ensure that I paid my exam fees in order to earn a degree. My mother has suffered a lot to provide for me. At 14, I ran away from home. I somehow managed to complete my studies in the day, became a dishwasher in the evening and worked at a call centre at night. I’ve walked hours to reach places so I could save the rickshaw fare.”
While giving inspiration to millions, Manya concluded, “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.”