MISS DIVA UNIVERSE 2019, VARTIKA SINGH, REVEALS HOW SHE PREPARED FOR THE PAGEANT AND SHARES THE BIGGEST LESSON SHE’S LEARNT FROM IT
Her confident smile lights up a room, and her poised personality is striking, but not intimidating. Vartika Singh started her journey by participating in Femina Miss India 2015 where she won the title of Miss Grand India 2015. She then represented India at Miss Grand International, and bagged the third position. Singh continued her great run by winning the coveted crown of Miss Diva Universe 2019, and recently represented the nation at Miss Universe 2019 alongside 104 other contestants. The beauty, who hails from the City of Nawabs, Lucknow, drops her guard and lets us into her world.
What qualities make for a good Miss Diva?
Confidence, self-belief, leardership skills, and the ability to make a difference to society are a few important qualities.
What is the biggest lesson that the pageant taught you?
Focus on your goals and work hard. Don’t overthink about the outcome. Today, when I reflect on my life, I can say hard work pays.
How can this pageant help you make a difference?
These pageants provide young women with a platform that not only helps them excel in their career, but also gives them a voice. The process refines you, and there’s so much to learn from other girls’ experiences. Even though each contestant comes from a different background, we all work in accord towards the same cause.
Which social cause is close to your heart?
I’ve been a public health student, and worked with the World Bank on a government project where I got the opportunity to visit rural hospitals. These are more like community health centres, and seeing their condition shook me to my core. After I became Miss India, I established an NGO called Pure Humans, that works towards offering healthcare and building awareness around existing public health policies. My team and I proactively reach out to the economically disadvantaged communities of Uttar Pradesh, and educate people on sanitation, healthcare, and maternal and childcare. We also set up health camps and conduct blood donation drives as a way to connect fruitfully with the local communities. Affordable healthcare is a basic necessity; everybody should have access to it.
What’s your message to girls who dream of entering the Miss Diva pageant?
Get to know yourself and identify your purpose. Once you discover who you are, be honest with yourself. There will always be someone prettier than you, and more confident than you. You can’t be the best in everything. Whatever you decide to do, just give it your best shot.
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January 24, 2020