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Chandigarh's crowning glory

Vanya Mishra, the newest star in the glamour galaxy, in tête-à-tête with HT City. She is a student of Punjab Engineering College in Chandigarh and was crowned Miss India World 2012 at the finale of the pageant held in Mumbai on Friday.

chandigarh Updated: Apr 01, 2012 17:32 IST
Neha Arora
Neha Arora
Hindustan Times

Though the Miss India World crown came as a surprise, this pretty PEC girl was always confident of making it big one day. Jalandhar-born and Chandigarh-bred, Vanya Mishra is the newest star in the glamour galaxy. She was crowned Miss India World 2012 at the finale of the pageant held in Mumbai on Friday.

"As a child I used to think about participating in beauty pageants. In the last six years, I had been working towards achieving my aim and was sure to at least give it a try. And, how all that culminated in one winning moment! I was confident enough that I deserved to be there," says the 19-year-old who will now represent India at the Miss World 2012 pageant.

Daughter of an army man, Vanya is pursuing her third year in electrical engineering at Punjab Engineering College in Chandigarh. She says, "I was lucky to get a direct entry in the contest after winning Dabur Gulabari Miss Rose Glow 2011 contest that put me in the list of final 20 contestants of Miss India pageant."

While winning a beauty pageant is a ticket to Bollywood for many, she is quick to add, "My foremost priority is Miss World pageant and my studies thereafter. It's not the right time to even think whether I will go the Bollywood way or not."

The girl who doesn't believe in size zero, shares her beauty and health secret: "I just take care of myself, rest is God's gift. I do go for facials and maintain and groom what I am naturally blessed with. But I would recommend this to one and all that always remove make up before sleeping and say no to strict dieting, as it directly affects your skin."

A happy-go-lucky teenager, Vanya likes to hangout with friends, watch movies, eat out and dance. "I am still a student and I love my college," she chirps.

Before the D day she had remarked that if she won the title her first big splurge would be her own car, that too an Audi. She quips, "Yes, I said that in my profile interview. Though I got a Skoda, I would love to have my own Audi."

The girl also won three other titles, including Miss Colossal Eyes, Miss Glowing Skin and Miss Photogenic, in the pageant.

On beauty queens making tall but short-lived commitments towards charity and noble causes, she says, "I don't make such commitments, but will surely complete all my duties as Miss India. Honestly, I donated my eyes two years back when I didn't even apply for the pageant."

First Published: Apr 01, 2012 17:05 IST