(NewswireOnline) Mumbai, 10th February 2021: Amid the difficult Pandemic times, the prestigious tradition of transforming lives at Miss India Organization continued. The young talents presented energetic performances and completed their exciting journey to the finish line, post which the winners of VLCC Femina Miss India 2020 co-powered by Sephora & Roposo were announced in a star-studded ceremony at the Hyatt Regency, Mumbai.
The pageant was held virtually this year for the first time ever and conducted a nationwide hunt to select representatives each from the 28 states and a representative from Delhi, Jammu& Kashmir besides a collective representative from the Union Territories making for a total of 31 finalists. These shortlisted finalists had to go through rigorous training and grooming sessions and were mentored by none other than the former beauty queen and actress Neha Dhupia. Subsequently, the shortlisted girls arrived in Mumbai to compete for the coveted crown for the Grand Finale on 10th February 2021.
Talking about the pageant with pride and passion, Neha Dhupia said, “Each year as the journey of Femina Miss India begins, it brings back all the memories of the priceless experiences I’ve had with this pageant. It’s almost like reliving every moment of my journey with these young glamorous girls who are so full of enthusiasm and capability to take on the world with power and elegance. Certainly, there are challenges with the digital process in the wake of the pandemic, however, I’m confident it will be as exciting and worthwhile irrespective of the layout.”
The opening round was led by Suman Rao – Miss World 2019 – 2nd Runner-up and Miss World Asia 2019, who along with our TOP 15 showcased the diversity of India and of the pageant in a choreographed performance. The choreography was a mélange of a fashion showcase and Indian classical and Bollywood dance styles. Powerful, independent, graceful and poised, our finalists were dressed in the finest lehengas from Mohey. From feminine pastels to vibrant pinks and bridal reds, the Mohey collection represented the quintessential Indian beauty.
The contestants flaunted antique-looking heirloom jewellery & modern contemporary styles from Shobha Shringar Jewellers, a name synonymous with the best Jadau jewelry.
The next round was the gown round. In this round, a synchronized fashion walk was staged with the top 15 contestants, dressed in high fashion designer gowns by Ace Designer Bhawna Raowhose collection was called ‘Great Beginnings’. ‘After a year full of the pandemic, we all have gone through a lot and together we are moving out of it very gracefully. This is what we have tried to achieve through the collection by putting up the extreme color palette and making our Miss India look very glamorous and graceful’, said Bhawna Rao. The collection embodies a woman who is strong and compassionate. The contestants flaunted diamond jewellery with a stunning one of a kind bridal sets each having a classic long-lasting flavor from Shobha Shringar Jewellers.
The contestants were strutting the runway with oomph and glamour, and they were introduced one by one to the audience and judges.
This was followed by a question and answer round and a common question round. The Top 5 contestants were to set foot on speaking their mind, expressing themselves, voicing their opinions on subjects related to their personal life journey, current affairs, or matters pertaining to the general public interest. The objective of the round was to examine the contestants on the following attributes: content, articulation, oration, confidence & body language.
The star-studded evening witnessed enjoyable and enthralling performances by Vaani Kapoor who left the audience spellbound. The show was hosted by none other than Aparshakti Khurrana, who welcomed the audiences and introduced them to the new format of the pageant in the ‘new normal’.
Carrying forward the legacy, VLCC came together with Miss India Organization to look for India’s next pride. The pageant is co-powered by Sephora and Roposo.
You can watch the Grand Finale telecast of VLCC Femina Miss India 2020 on Sunday, 28th February at 12 noon & 5 pm on Colors HD and JioTV. Also available on Voot.
Below is the illustrious panel of judges for the evening: –
Neha Dhupia – Former Miss India finalist turned media personality Neha Dhupia is the official Mentor of VLCC Femina Miss India 2020. She speaks to the audience about her experiences with the contestants, leading into the Gown and Introduction Round.
Falguni and Shane Peacock – Falguni and Shane peacock are proclaimed luxury couture designers, who are renowned for creating eccentric contrasts on the ramp. The husband-wife duo is accredited for taking Indian fashion to Hollywood circuits, with their glamorous and spectacular designs. They are famous for creating fantasy themed dreamy and dramatic designs that make a rock star like a statement.
Chitrangada Singh – Indian Film actress and Model. Chitrangada began her career as a model before making the transition to the silver screen. After completing her college education, she began modelling with brands like ICICI bank and Alukkas Jewellery among others. She started her film career with films like Yeh saali Zingagi and Hazarron Khwaishein Aisi and her latest appearance was with Saif Ali Khan in Bazaar movie.
Pulkit Samrat – Indian Film actor who started his career with the famous TV serial “Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi” and later debuted in feature film BITTO BOSS along with Amrita Pathak in 2012. He has done films like Fukrey, Jai Ho, O Teri, Fukrey Returns, Dolly ki Doli and many more.
In a grand ceremony held on February 10, Telangana’s Manasa Varanasi was crowned VLCC Femina Miss India World 2020. While Haryana’s Manika Sheokand was declared VLCC Femina Miss Grand India 2020, Uttar Pradesh’s Manya Singh crowned VLCC Femina Miss India 2020 – Runner Up
VLCC Femina Miss India World 2020
VLCC Femina Miss Grand India 2020
VLCC Femina Miss India 2020 – Runner Up
|NAME Manasa Varanasi||NAME Mainka Shoekand||NAME Manya Singh|
|STATE Telangana||STATE Haryana||STATE Uttar Pradesh|
|SCHOOL Global, Indian International School, Kuala Lampur, Malaysia||SCHOOL Kailash Bahl, D A V senior secondary public school||SCHOOL Lohiya Inter College, Sahwa Deoria|
|COLLEGE Vasavi College of Engineering, Hyderabad, Telangana||COLLEGE University institute of Chemical Engineering and Technology (UICET) Panjab University, Chandigarh||COLLEGE Thakur College of Science and Commerce|
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Sponsors & Partners
Title Sponsor: VLCC
Co-Powered by: Sephora
Co-Powered by: Roposo
Celebration Wear Partner: Mohey
Athleisure Wear Partner: Enamor Athleisure
Denim Partner: Freakins
Hygiene Care Partner: Hi-Life
Jewellery Partner: Shobha Shringar Jewellers
Gifting Partner: The Tribe Concepts
Beauty Vitamins Partner: Chicnutrix
Education Partner: INIFD
Knowledge Partner: INIFD Academy of Interiors
Personality Skills Mentor: Sanjeev Datta & Viram Datta
Smile Partner: The Dental Roots
Exclusive Broadcast Partner: Colors HD
Diagnostics Partner: Metropolis Healthcare
Technology Partner: Digitek
Learning Partner: Bennett University
Fashion Show Director & Creative Consultant: Anu Ahuja
Designer for Finale round – Bhawna Rao
Official Pageant Stylist – Bharat Gupta
Photoshoot Designer – Shivani Awasty
Hair and Makeup Designer – Bianca Louzado
Makeup Artist for former winners – Malcolm Fernandes
Ramp Walk Trainer – Alesia Raut
Photoshoot Photographer – Anand Wahane
Performances choreographed by – Tushar Kalia
Celebrations Partners: Living Liquidz
Backstage Management: Delnaz
Stage Management: On Cue Productions
Hospitality & Venue Partner: Hyatt Regency Mumbai
Creative Director: Karan Soorma
About Miss India: Miss India is the most sought-after glamorous beauty pageant in the country that turns dreams into reality. It is a property with a mass appeal as millions worldwide gear up to watch India’s next representative at the global platform. It is the search of the perfect woman with beauty, poise, elegance, and intelligence to represent India at Miss World. It is a platform that has won many accolades for the country on the international arena and the past winners such as Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Priyanka Chopra Jonas, Dia Mirza, Manushi Chhillar who have made India proud in international circles.
About VLCC Group: Founded by Mrs. Vandana Luthra as a beauty and slimming services center in 1989, VLCC is today widely recognized for its comprehensive portfolio of beauty and wellness products and services and enjoys a high level of consumer trust. The VLCC Group’s operations currently span 350+ locations in over 165 cities and 14 countries across South Asia, South East Asia, the GCC Region, and East Africa. VLCC is the only Wellness Chain in India recommended by the Indian Medical Association. VLCC manages one of the largest chains of Slimming, Beauty & Fitness centers across Asia; operates one of Asia’s largest networks of vocational education academies in Beauty & Nutrition; and, manufactures in Switzerland and the company’s cGMP-certified plants in India and Singapore, a comprehensive range of skincare, hair-care and body-care products as well as nutraceuticals under the VLCC Natural Sciences™, Skin MTX™, BelleWave™, VLCC Slimmer’s™, VLCC Shape Up™, Specifix™, and VLCC Wellscience™ brands, which are not only used as consumables in treatments and therapies at all VLCC Wellness Centers globally but are also retailed through over 250,000 retail outlets and beauty salons across Asia and Africa.