– By Lifestyle Food
Suman Rao was a part of the 69th edition of Miss World pageant.She is not just beauty with brains, she also has a purpose that is helping innumerable women in Rural parts of Rajasthan, India. Her campaign is titled ‘Project Pragati’, for which she has taken initiatives to help the dreams of women in tribal communities in gaining financial independence. Her project has received support from the Princess Diya Kumari Foundation and through this institution! Waltz on to see what our shining star is doing to make this world a better place!
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First things first! Heartiest congratulations on representing India at the 69th edition of Miss World pageant, and achieving third place in the ‘Top Model’ round and Top 27 in the ‘Talent’ segment. Wow! That is a mouthful! So, How are you enjoying your victory?
I must say it feels great to be able to achieve what I’ve in the miss world for my country. The love and support I’ve received in the past few months, I’m immensely grateful for that. I’m loving this post-victory period.
To add on to that, what memories from your homecoming ceremony will you always cherish?
The happiness and pride I saw in my family’s eyes is something I’m going to cherish throughout my life.
What do you think will be your biggest strength when you will represent India at Miss World 2019 among a group of similarly talented ladies? What do you think gives you an edge over others?
I believe the group of ladies I was a part of at Miss world are extremely talented and know their purpose in life which not only defines their beauty but also shows how beautiful they are inside out. It is the purpose we all have in our lives which sets all of us apart from each other yet united for a cause that is adding values to the lives we touch.
How did your family and friends react to your victory?
They were very happy and proud of the fact that their daughter or friend could make the country proud and be a part of its history.
“The project-Project Pragati is in collaboration with Princess Diya Kumari foundation and Udaan Mahila Samuh to make women in the state of Rajasthan financially independent”
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Your “Beauty with a Purpose” project – ‘Project Pragati’ dealt with acquiring financial independence amongst women in tribal communities. Our heartfelt wishes to you for this wonderful initiative! What is your vision for this project and how are you planning to take it forward?
Well, thank you so much for all your wishes!! I started this project-Project Pragati in collaboration with Princess Diya Kumari foundation and Udaan Mahila Samuh to make women in the state of Rajasthan financially independent which will not only make them empowered financially but will also give them the confidence and courage to make their own decisions about their lives. About their education, or profession, or even when it comes to choosing their own groom. Under Pragati, we have units in different villages of Rajasthan where women learn to make different kinds of products based on their skill sets and these products are being sold online and at local stalls in the state. Recently we’ve opened a new unit and now we have a total of 3 units giving employment to overall 70 women. I’m striving to take this project ahead by aiming to have at least one unit in every village!
Femina Miss India Organization has strived its best to make this edition a success. Any special memory from the pageant days you will never forget?
I have a lot of memories from the pageant that I’m not going to forget ever but when the entire organization came down to help me in my beauty is the special memory I’m going to cherish and for which I’m grateful to them!!
I believe the group of ladies I was a part of at Miss world are extremely talented and know their purpose in life which not only defines their beauty but also shows how beautiful they are inside out”
To be the Miss World Asia in 2019 is both an honor and a huge responsibility. How will you use your voice to influence the youth that would raise awareness on adopting a sustainable lifestyle?
Firstly, I strongly believe in having a sustainable lifestyle as it has helped me a lot in my journey and I believe by using my voice to share my story with them will certainly help them to understand the same!!
What message would you like to give to our readers reading your wonderful words?
First of all, I want to thank all the readers for making it till here and for being interested in knowing my story!. I want to tell all my readers to believe that when you get yourself determined towards a particular goal in life, every single nerve and fiber of your body starts working in that direction for a Victorious journey!! So don’t stop dreaming and go reach your goal!