Vanya Mishra is all of 20 with girl-next-door looks. But that's exactly what makes her stand out. The winner of Pantaloons Femina Miss India World 2012 was welcomed to her hometown Chandigarh on Tuesday to spend time with her family.
At Hotel JW Marriott in Sector 35, where she was gifted with a membership of the JW fitness club, Vanya talked about her winning stint that began in January this year. "All this love that I receive has increased my responsibility of getting The Miss World crown back to the country at the competition that will be held in August this year in China," she says.
Having come to city beautiful with her family when she was a two-year-old, Vanya has no doubts about the talent that Chandigarh breeds. "Chandigarh has a lot of talent. We are no less than girls belonging to the metro cities, though city girls are definitely more innocent as compared to them," Vanya observes.
Her entry to Miss India contest wasn't through the regular route, as the beauty queen shares, "Winning the Dabur Gulabari Miss Rose Glow contest in January this year changed my life.
"Everyone doesn't get the right start. But after I won its north zone title, the organisers approached Pantaloons for my wild card entry and that's how I directly entered the top 20."
Pursuing electrical engineering at Punjab Engineering College, Chandigarh, this third year student is elated at making her institution proud. "The college authorities are very excited about my victory and are planning to felicitate me in a big way," she smiles.
Vanya is certain she would complete her degree, though she's not sure how she would balance studies and her newfound responsibilities as Miss India World.
Remind her of the constant comparisons with Bollywood actor Chitrangada Singh, and she laughs, "The compliment makes me happy."
Vanya sounds confident of her future, as she recounts her strengths, "I am a baby of the Lord. I think a complete package that includes presence of mind, excellence in ramp walk, confidence and the right way to talk, makes all the difference and I feel I have all this in me."