Manya Singh

Manya Singh, daughter of an autorickshaw driver, who was crowned Miss India 2020 runner-up

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Miss India 2020 second runner up Manya Singh, who hails from Uttar Pradesh, has left everybody feeling glad after her story circulated around the social media. Manya is the daughter of an autorickshaw driver. And following the success, her battles and the motivating story won recognition everywhere in the country.

Presently, in an inwardly charged Humans of Bombay post, Manya is discussing her youth battles. Her parent’s confidence in her dreams and the manner in which she was scrutinized as a result of her looks.


In the post, Manya Singh discussed how she ventured out from home at 14 to come to Mumbai and seek after her dreams. She needed to work at a Pizza Hut store to procure a pay. She said, “At 14, I boarded the train from my village & left for Mumbai to pursue my dreams, all by myself. I didn’t know where it would lead me, but I knew I was meant to achieve great things. When I walked out of the station, Pizza Hut was the first place I saw somehow got myself a part-time job there & temporary accommodation.”

As indicated by Manya, her parents were consistently supportive of her dreams. A couple of days after she showed up in Mumbai, they followed her there, took up a task and upheld her.

“2 days later, when I called Papa, he started crying. But I reassured him, ‘This is where I belong.’ So the next day, both my parents came to Mumbai. Papa said, ‘We’ll support you’; he drove an auto to make a living. Still, they put me in a good school. Alongside, I also worked part-time I earned Rs.15,000 a month,” she added.

Discussing her dream about winning the Miss India pageant, she said, “I was 15 when I watched the Miss India Pageant for the first time. I thought, ‘I’m going to win that crown someday & make Papa proud.’ But coming from a patriarchal family, I was told that women are lesser than men. Tauji would say, ‘Ladkiyon ko padhai karke bhi shaadi hi karni padti hai.’ But when I told Papa, ‘I want to compete for a beauty pageant’, he said, ‘Keep working hard & you’ll get there!.”

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Manya was once told ‘shakal achhi nahi hai (you don’t have a nice face)

She disclosed that in the first place she needed to confront dismissal on account of her looks or her English. She was once informed that she doesn’t have a decent face. “I auditioned for over 10 pageants. But they’d say, ‘Shakal achi nahi hai’ (you don’t have a nice face) or ‘You don’t even know English!’ Things weren’t easy at home eitherPapa had mortgaged our jewellery to pay my fees. So if I’d need money to buy clothes, I’d mop the floor at the pizza place. There, I observed how people carried themselves & in college, I’d observe how my friends spoke English,” Manya said.

Manya additionally said the success will help her in satisfying her dreams and accommodate her family. “Presently, I at long last get the opportunity to give my folks everything; I will begin by getting them a home.”

She added, “He had faith in me and that is the reason, today, an auto driver’s daughter is standing with a crown on her head.”

While Manya was delegated Miss India 2020 second place, Haryana’s Manika Sheokand was pronounced Miss Grand India 2020. Telangana’s Manasa Varanasi turned into the Miss India World 2020.