Manasa Varanasi from Hyderabad was crowned the title of Miss India 2020 beauty pageant on Wednesday by Miss India 2019, Suman Singh Rao. The 23-year-old Miss India 2020 is a financial information analyst by profession.  

 

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Manasa in the final event of Miss India 2020 pageant said how her mother, grandmother and her younger sister are the three most influential women in her life. She was bestowed the title of Miss India 2020 by a jury panel which consisted of Neha Dhupia, Chitrangada Singh, Pulkit Samrat and the designer duo Falguni and Shane Peacock. 

More about Manasa Varanasi, the winner of Miss India 2020:

The moment Manasa was crowned the title of Miss India at an event in Mumbai, netizens flocked over to the internet to know more about the young woman.  

Born in the heart of Hyderabad, Manasa enjoys the world of numbers and works as a financial information exchange analyst. She has studied in Vasavi College of Engineering.  

Manasa spoke to Miss India where she gave a sneak peek into her childhood. According to the 23-year-old, who is likely to represent India in the upcoming Miss World competition, curiosity is her best friend.  

In her interview, she said, “I’ve always considered curiosity as my best friend. As a shy child, it helped me face my fears. As an anxious teenager, it helped me step out of my comfort zone. And as an over-thinking adult, it helps me protect my mental health every day.” 

This curiosity added to her intention of making the world a better place drew her to an NGO called Make a Difference. Manasa found a new avenue which would help her overcome her shyness and anxiety in the NGO. She also found the NGO to be a nourishing place where she could make children feel safe and understood.  

 

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“Connecting with these children made me appreciate that behind every smile, behind every action, lies a story, and these stories – sometimes happy, but often sad – mold us. It is easy to pay attention to the way people physically look and act, but our fears and traumas are a very personal experience. I really wanted to reach out and make as many children feel safe, feel understood because the health of the mind is just as important as that of the body,” she said.  

 

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Manasa also considers Miss World 2000 Priyanka Chopra as the beauty queen that stands out the most for her. As a shy girl who wanted to make her voice heard in a loud world, Manasa considers Chopra to be her role model due to Chopra’s expertise in fields that range from movies to social work to entrepreneurship. 

In the interview, she said, “Out of all the beauty queens, Priyanka Chopra really stands out to me because she’s an explorer – she has always chosen to push her boundaries and made her mark in various spaces – music, movies, entrepreneurship, social work and the list goes on. Also, as a shy kid who tried to make herself heard, I always looked up to Priyanka for the outspoken badass that she was. It’s her versatility and strength that I draw inspiration from.”  

 

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Who was crowned Miss India 2020 runner-up? 

In a grand event held in Mumbai, Manya Singh who hails from Uttar Pradesh was crowned Miss India 2020 runner-up. Meanwhile, Manika Sheokand who comes from Haryana, was declared Miss Grand India 2020 by the judges. Manya Singh was crowned the title by Miss India United Continents 2019, Shreya Shanker and Miss Grand India 2019, Shivani Jadhav crowned Manika her title.  

Where can I watch the Miss India 2020 beauty pageant telecast? 

You can enjoy the grand finale of the event which will be telecasted on February 28 on Colors TV. The finale of the event saw stars come to Earth with Vaani Kapoor performing and actor Aparshakti Khurrana acting as the host for the star-studded night.  

 

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