Manya Singh⁠— ⁠the beauty queen who worked as domestic help after school

Feb 12, 2021

By: BI India Bureau

This is the story of the latest Femina Miss India Runner-up Manya Om Prakash Singh

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Manya Singh, a daughter of an auto-rickshaw driver was born in a small town

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Her childhood in Kushinagar in Uttar Pradesh wasn’t easy, as revealed by her Instagram post.

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She worked as domestic help in other homes during her teens after school, an interview revealed

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When she grew older, she added a call centre job at night to make a few more bucks.

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Her parents mortgaged whatever little jewellery they had for her to complete studies and get a degree.

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“My mother has suffered a lot physically, emotionally.”

After all, it is not easy to be a woman in Uttar Pradesh,” she said.

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Today, she is the runner up at one of India’s most-watched beauty pageants.

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Inspiring doesn’t cut it. Manya Singh’s story is the very definition of the cliche, “against all odds”.

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