Ranchi’s 19-year-old Tanya Sinha is making heads turn with her every move. And we mean this literally; the college-goer is a Miss India finalist from her state! Pursuing her second year in Journalism from Madras Christian College, Tanya has created a niche for herself in the industry.
“I am the different one in my family. My parents are science teachers and my sister is going to be a doctor soon. To everyone’s surprise, when I went on to pursue modeling, my family gave their fullest support and they still do,” shares Tanya.
Stating that such a supportive family is a rarity, she adds, “They believe in me more than I do.”
Adding that confidence is more important than looks, she shares, “The fashion world is not what it looks like from the outside. Believing in yourself is the most important part. I have met many girls who are drop-dead gorgeous, but not confident. Careers in this field, either shoot up or shoot down — there is no middle ground.”
Having done a few shoots for a couple of clothing brands back home, the teenager also aids photographers in building their portfolio.
Revealing that one doesn’t necessarily have to be skinny to be a model, Tanya says, “Being fit and maintaining your body is essential. Just as any field has eligibility criterion, keeping fit is necessary in modeling. Going to the gym has become a habit now for me, an addiction. Once you see the effect of working out on your body, you just don’t want to pause.”
Prepping for the upcoming Femina Miss Diva, the model states, “I need more practice. This time I don’t just want to participate, I want to win!”
Adding that weeks of practice is needed for winning a pageant, she shares that one needs to be comfortable in all types of clothing and six-inch heels. “There will be hundreds of people watching you while you walk on the ramp. If you don’t have enough practice or are low on confidence, everyone will know.”
When asked who her inspiration is, Tanya answers, “My mother! Not because she has supported me in my career. She is a strong woman who has taught me that a woman can be independent and keep her career as the prime focus. She continues to inspire me every day.”
Aiming high for the future, Tanya wants to win the Miss Universe 2019 for India.
“When I see the crown, I just want it to be mine. I want the Indian national anthem to play while I win the title for India. That will be the best moment of my life,” she concludes.