16-year-old, Mannat Siwach from Jaipur was recently crowned Miss Teen International 2021 (Miss Teen Diva 2021). The grand finale was recently held at Kingdom Of Dreams, Gurugram.
Brunda Yerrabali from Bangalore won the title Miss Teen Universe India, Rabia Hora from Gurugram as Miss Teen Earth India, and Mahika Biyani from Kolkata as Miss Teen Multinational India.
At the finale, Mannat Siwach beat 35 contestants and won the pageant. This was the second edition of the beauty pageant and saw the participation of teenagers between the age groups 14-19 years.
The event was judged Zoya Afroz (Miss International India), Tanya Sinha(Miss Globe India), Divija Gambhir(Miss Multinational India), Asmita Chakroborty (Miss Tourism India), Nikhil Anand (Chairman- Glamanand), and Rajiv Srivastava (Chairperson- Act Now).
Mannat Siwach is a resident of Jaipur, Rajasthan, and currently studying in class 11th at Jayshree Periwal High School. We recently had a quick chat with her and asked her about her journey, her goals going forward, and more. Read on.
On Winning Miss Teen International India
We asked Mannat Siwach how she feels on winning the title. She said, "It feels absolutely flattering and overwhelming. The love and affection that I have received from the people around me makes me feel ecstatic. This achievement is an acknowledgment of months of diligence, perseverance, and the agony that has gone into preparing for this prestigious pageant. It has given validation to the passion and hardwork that was involved in my journey. It is my absolute honor to be crowned as Miss Teen International India 2021."
On What Kept Her Going
While still in her teens, Mannat Siwach managed to win such an accolade. Many parents today complain their children in their teenage years aren't able to focus. We asked Mannat Siwach what kept her going through her journey and focused on her goal.
"My passion for witnessing myself being crowned on that dynamic stage kept me going. I feel that children are like the sun and the moon. They shine when it's their time. Every child is unique in his or her own way and thus, children should not be compared with each other and we should motivate them such that they find their true calling," she said.
On Working Against Child Abuse And Neglect
Mannat Siwach is a passionate advocate against child abuse and neglect. We asked her how does she plan to further work towards it. She said, "I as an individual have taken initiative at school level and community level to raise awareness about the seriousness and importance of this issue. With the help of crown and this platform, I aim to create awareness through campaigns, counseling sessions, parental support systems, and self-defense techniques."
On Beauty Pageants Being Reduced To Physical Features
Beauty pageants have often made headlines for reducing the meaning of beauty to mere physical features. We asked Mannat Siwach if there was more to these beauty pageants. She said, "I don't believe that beauty pageants are controversial and that they objectify women. Instead, they empower women and celebrate femininity and talent. They are just not a celebration of physical beauty but a celebration of inner beauty, metaphorical beauty, and the burning desire to give back to society with enigmatic dedication."
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Miss Teen Diva isn't a regular beauty pageant. It is a platform which gives an opportunity to its participants to represent India at various beauty pageants held globally. The winner of Miss Teen Diva gets an opportunity to represent their nation at Miss Teen Universe and Miss Teen Multinational.
Mannat Siwach will next be seen representing India at the Miss Teen International level in Phillipenes. Talking about her plans going forward, she said, "I will focus on my pageant preparation. With full sincerity, I will work towards achieving my dream and get the crown home."
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