@ Vikas Sharma | Sr Journalist
Delhi: With the legacy of transforming lives of young talent who have become icons in the glamour and fashion industry, Miss Diva pageant in its 7th edition and Mr India pageant in its 6th edition vows to continue its tradition with an aim to extend whole-hearted support to the new generation who have the potential to lead and represent the country in the future. With multiple Miss Universe titles Sushmita Sen (1994) Lara Dutta (2000) alongside two Miss Supranational victories Asha Bhat (2014) Srinidhi Shetty (2016) and Srishti Rana’s Miss Asia Pacific win at 2013 our delegates have made the country proud with their presence on the global map. Moreover, India has continued its rich legacy at Mr. World and Mister Supranational pageant with the victories of Rohit Khandelwal (2016) and Prathamesh Maulingkar (2018) who have allowed India to shine on the pageant map wherein our delegates have continued to succeed year after year. It was a night of glitz and glamour, as the winners were unveiled in a star-studded ceremony on 26th September 2019 at Rocky Star Cocktail Bar Lounge amidst the fanfare. The prestigious beauty pageant announced Vartika Singh as Miss Diva Universe 2019, Shefali Sood as Miss Diva Supranational 2019 and Varun Verma as Mr. India Supranational 2019. The event was flagged off by the Queen Kangana Ranaut. Shefali Sood from Noida, Uttar Pradesh who won Miss Diva Supranational 2019 the same evening will later represent the country at Miss Supranational 2019. Shefali had participated in Miss India 2017 and won the title of Miss India Uttar Pradesh 2017. In 2018 she also participated in Miss Diva and made it in Top 10. Daughter of Mercantile marine father who travelled over 20 countries, is an avid reader and believes that knowledge gained through education is a key to successful life. At the Unveiling Ceremony, Shefali was crowned by Aditi Hundia, Miss Diva Supranational 2018. Shefali is an advocate of mental health. She wishes to bridge that gap by starting an international campaign surrounding mental health. She aspires to launch a global initiative and strongly believes that empathy, self-belief and knowledge are the keys to a successful life thereby creating a safe space of expression for everyone. Shefali will represent Miss Supranational Pageant later this year. Besides, the evening also witnessed, Mister Supranational 2018 – Prathamesh Maulingkar who sashed Varun Verma as Mr India Supranational 2019. The handsome hunk who completed his studies from Cambridge Foundation school and master’s in computer applications, from Maharaja Surajmal Institute of Technology is also a software engineer who evolved from a steady job to persuade his dreams as a model. He participated in Mr. India 2016 where he won the Mr Perfect Body sub-contest. Varun owns his own Gym – Reshape with Varun and is a Fashion Influencer as well. Varun will represent Mister Supranational Pageant later this year. Over a candid media interaction hosted by the Aloft Aerocity, New Delhi both Shefali and Varun gave insights on their journey so far and their preparations to represent the Country on International Platforms later this year.