"Loved by millions and always grounded."
Nandini Gupta was crowned Femina Miss India 2023.
The 19-year-old from Rajasthan beat Delhi’s Shreya Poonja and Manipur’s Thounaojam Strela Luwang to win the prestigious beauty pageant.
It was the 59th edition of the pageant, held at the Indoor Stadium of Khuman Lampak Sports Complex in Manipur.
The star-studded event celebrated the ethos of beauty in diversity and featured memorable performances by Bollywood stars Kartik Aaryan and Ananya Panday.
Another highlight was a performance that was put together by former winners Sini Shetty, Rubal Shekhawat, Shinata Chauhan, Manasa Varanasi, Manika Sheokand, Manya Singh, Suman Rao and Shivani Jadhav.
They took to the stage dressed in exquisite and finely crafted lehengas from Mohey.
Maniesh Paul and Bhumi Pednekar had presenting duties for the evening.
The 30 participants walked the ramp in stunning creations by Namrata Joshipura for Trends, Rocky Star and Robert Naorem in traditional costumes.
Nandini Gupta was crowned the winner by Sini Shetty.
The beauty queen revealed the most influential person in her life. She said:
“The most influential person in my life is Sir Ratan Tata, the man who does everything for humanity and donates most of it to charity. Loved by millions and always grounded.”
Nandini also named Priyanka Chopra as her beauty inspiration.
“Miss World 2000 Priyanka Chopra, who received the national title at a very young age, likewise made India proud at the National and International level.
“She gave back to society and excelled as an actor.
“She inspires people, has a great sense of humour and has the zeal to gain more as she grows.”
From Kota, Nandini has experience in organising and hosting various extracurricular activities and this inspired her to pursue a degree in Business Management.
She “believes that rejections play a crucial role in defining who one is as an individual. So she is determined to face all the challenges, failures, and rejections that may come her way as she embarks on the journey of a lifetime”.
Nandini revealed that she has wanted to compete in the Miss India pageant since she was 10 years old.
She said: “As a 10-year-old, I always wanted to compete in Femina Miss India when I wanted the crown for its beauty.
“But as I grew older, I realised it is just much more than the crown; it’s a journey that only a few get to experience.”
“A platform that gives you wings to fly high.
“Miss India is a place which makes an ordinary girl extraordinary, keeping her simplicity intact.”
Following her Miss India win, Nandini Gupta will now represent the country at the 71st edition of the Miss World pageant in the United Arab Emirates, which begins in May 2023.