Get to know this year’s gorgeous winner

Miss India 2019 finale held at Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Stadium, Mumbai was a star-studded affair hosted by Karan Johar, Manish Paul, and Manushi Chillar. Actors Katrina Kaif, Vicky Kaushal, Mouni Roy and, Norah Fatehi graced the stage with their spellbinding performances. The event ended with last year’s winner Anukreethy Vas of Tamil Nadu crowning Suman Rao of Rajasthan as her successor in an emotional moment.

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“It’s a matter of great pride and honour to be able to wear the crown of fbb Colors Femina Miss India 2019! The feeling is inexplicable, I hope I make everyone proud and I will give my best to keep the crown as high as every Miss India took it!” said Rao on Instagram after winning the prestigious contest.

Born in Udaipur and brought up in Mumbai, Rao is currently pursuing Chartered Accountancy alongside a Bachelors in Commerce from New Delhi. In an admirable gesture, she also highlighted the role of her parents throughout the journey.

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The pageant titleholder expressed her love for dancing after performing at the talent round of Femina Miss India. She is also learning the classical dance form of Kathak nowadays. Three other beautiful contestants also partook in crowning glory on Saturday, June 15. Shivani Jadhav of Chattisgarh took away the title of Femina Miss India Grand 2019. Shreya Shankar of Bihar was crowned as Miss United Continents 2019. While Sanjana Vij of Telangana was declared the runner-up towards the end of the event.

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Photo credits: Supreet Bedi

We spoke to Supreet Bedi, Communication Expert and Sub-Contest Judge at Femina Miss India where she shared her delightful perspective about the zealousness of the pageant world, “With each passing year, the new crop of contestants is getting smarter, more knowledgeable and consciously responsible towards our society and nation. This year was no different and comprised of enthusiastic & charismatic women trying to make their mark in the pageant world — each brought with them a confident set of attributes & achievements that were hard to compare” she says. When asked about her personal experience as the trainer of this year's contestants she adds, “I got the opportunity to judge 2 sub-contests and was floored to see the quality of contestants that stood before us — all women of substance in their own right. Having interacted with them, seen them blossom over two months under capable mentors and trainers; it would be right to say that the deserving crown bearers finally shone on the fateful finale evening. I’ve had the opportunity to personally engage with Suman Rao and her unparalleled confidence was striking. Her body language is clearly made for the ramp. Shivani Jadhav’s impressive answers and constant smile made her strut towards the 2nd spot. Shreya Shanker has an overpowering simplicity that’s hard to beat. I can see her on international covers! I look forward to honing their skills for international representation. Best wishes ladies!”  

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Interestingly, the 56th Miss India also won the Miss Rampwalk award for the night. She is set to represent India at the international Miss World competition slated to happen in December this year at Pattaya, Bangkok. Congratulations to all the lovely winners. We can’t wait to see Rao compete for the big title!

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