"the huge shoes I had to fill"
Rashmi Madhuri has been crowned Miss Earth India 2021 at the Miss Divine Beauty pageant, it has been revealed.
The 27-year-old pharmaceutical entrepreneur from Bengaluru was crowned the title by her predecessor Tanvi Kharote.
It comes after the competition was held on Sunday, September 25, 2021, at the ITC Hotel in New Delhi.
Miss Divine Beauty is an annual beauty pageant that promotes environmental awareness, conservation, and social responsibility.
While thousands of women from throughout India applied for the title, only 48 were shortlisted as finalists in the contest.
Together, they undertook 45 social awareness campaigns to be in with the chance of winning a Beauty with a Responsibility award.
Vanshika Parmar, aged 18, from Himachal Pradesh was named winner of the accolade.
It aims to acknowledge the work she has done to bring substantial change but also to support any future endeavours that she may have for her project.
The shortlist was then narrowed down further to 17 girls who took part in a five-day programme to prepare them for the Miss Earth final.
Organised by the Divine Group, the competition is responsible for selecting the country’s representatives for the international contest.
Founder and CEO of Divine Group, Deepak Agarwal, said:
“We appreciate the work done by all 48 finalists in order to bring a substantial change in society.”
“The contestant was present for the entire pageant journey and fulfilled all the necessary requirements for the same.”
Madhuri took to Instagram to share both an image and a video of herself in her gown, crown and sash.
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She explained how she had almost forgotten to take a selfie amid her busy and tiring day but also added:
“I took the pictures and went back to my room thinking about the huge shoes I had to fill, from all this commotion I forgot what had happened, that flicker of a moment taught me the responsibilities I had as Miss India Earth and how big a shoes I had to fill.
“I started the tribute with the first-ever Miss India Earth Shamita Singha and now I want to continue with Tanvi Kharote, the woman who taught me the lesson of a lifetime in a matter of seconds.”
The Miss Divine Beauty pageant first acquired the rights to send India’s delegates to Miss Earth in 2019.
Doctor Tejaswini Manogna was crowned Miss Earth India in that year of the contest.
Miss Earth is an International Environmental Event which uses the beauty pageant industry to promote environmental awareness.
The winner will also serve as the ambassador of environmental protection campaigns worldwide.
Miss Earth, won by Rashmi Madhuri, is one of four major global pageants, the others being Miss World, Miss Universe and Miss International.