On Thursday Miss India 2021 winners were finally announced and a big win came when Manya Singh became the first runner-up at the event. Manya hails from an extremely downtrodden family and her father is an auto-rickshaw driver. For many Manya’s journey is both awe-inspiring and an example of a woman breaking the glass ceiling. Even the former Miss World Manushi Chillar congratulated Manya over her win.
Earlier in an interview Manya spoke about her journey and 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 the 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.”
"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. 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," she added.