I stood up for myself, gender parity: Miss World Asia 2019 Suman Rao

Updated: 20 December, 2019 16:03 IST | IANS | Mumbai

The personal acts of courage had a ripple effect for Suman, resulting in a project that even received support from Princess Diya Kumari Foundation

Suman Rao won the title of Miss World Asia 2019 in the Miss World beauty pageant this year. Picture/Instagram Suman Rao
Suman Rao won the title of Miss World Asia 2019 in the Miss World beauty pageant this year. Picture/Instagram Suman Rao

Suman Rao, the stunning 21-year-old Indian model who has recently won the title of Miss World Asia 2019 in the Miss World beauty pageant this year, says that she started speaking up for gender equality after she learned to stand up for herself.

Suman, who had won the title of Miss India 2019, was born in the Aaidana village near Udaipur, and her family shifted to Mumbai soon after her birth. Her Project Pragati trains village women to make handlooms, decorative handicrafts, accessories, and jewelry.

"I remember being told that 'until it comes on you and you feel the consequence of an existing social problem, you don't start working for the solution'. It was the same for me, where I felt women are not getting to voice opinions, and are just following the family's instructions. That's when I started to realise the importance of bringing about a change. I stood up for myself, and this was the first step towards my cause.

The personal acts of courage had a ripple effect for Suman, resulting in a project that even received support from Princess Diya Kumari Foundation.

"I thought, why not spread the independence I am experiencing to the world? I felt the need to start something. Rural women usually don't have much say in matters because of financial dependence. In Project Pragati, women in my own village started to make handicrafts and other beautiful products, and they started earning from their sales. In a way, it helped them have something of their own," Suman told IANSlife in an interview.

Suman also said that delaying punishment to rapists is an act of wronging the women of the country.

Asked about her future and Bollywood plans, she said, "I am studying chartered accountancy. I am doing modelling too, but I would love to explore working in Bollywood if the opportunity comes."

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    Miss World 2019 first runner up Suman Rao looks radiant in this pink printed salwar kameez, teamed with a pair of statement earrings and minimal make-up. 

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    Rao looks graceful in this maroon lehenga with golden embroidery, with her hair styled into loose waves.

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    The beauty titleholder poses graciously in this mint-green printed anarkali suit teamed with statement earrings and a pair of anklets. 

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    The Rajasthani beauty pays an ode to her traditions in this heavily embellished red lehenga. She is bedecked in traditional ornaments, right from a statement necklace to a maathapatti.

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    Rao strikes another pose while looking gorgeous in a peach printed ethnic outfit teamed with a pair of oxidised jhumkas and bare-minimal make-up.

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    The titleholder looks simple yet elegant in this bright orange anarkali suit, with minimal jewellery and luscious mane let loose.

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    Rao shines like the sun in this yellow palazzo and kurti, teamed with a pair of statement earring with her hair tied into a bun.

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    Her look in this dark green velvet salwar suit is worth taking inspiration from for the festive season. 

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    Women and ethnic wear compliment each other, and the beauty title holder looks ethereal in red. She shared this photo in a saree and wrote, "One of my favourite looks!"

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    Navratri is a favourite for many including Rao, who dressed up in a beautiful brown coloured outfit with a dupatta of the same colour. She carried 'dandiya' of matching colours as well. With silver jewellery and silver bangles, she looked enchanting.

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    Suman Rao donned a plain blue saree with a light yellow blouse. With a pair of heavy earrings and her hair left open, she looked mesmerising. She captioned the picture and wrote, "Simplicity makes me happy!"

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    The Indian beauty who was born in Udaipur, Rajasthan to Ratan Singh Rao and Susheela Kanwar can carry western outfits with equal ease. She attended the Festival of Arts, Crafts, Architecture Design Etymologies.

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    "Women in sarees are like snowflakes. Unique yet beautiful in their own way," she wrote.

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    Apart from sarees, Rao carries salwar suits very well. Dressed in a blue suit with a plain dupatta, Rao loves what she wears!

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    The gorgeous model who had also won the title of Miss India Rajasthan 2019, looks elegant and classy in ethnic wear!

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    Decked in an all-green suit, Rao writes, "Green is the primary colour of the World and that from which it's loveliness arises!" She accentuated her look with earrings and a ring in her hand.

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    In this bright yellow coloured suit which she paired with gold earrings, Rao looks as gorgeous as ever! Her kohl-lined eyes look bewitching!

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    Suman Rao donned an off-white lehenga with a red border and left her hair open. She wrote, "I might wear different kinds of clothes but I think my love for lehenga is inexplicable as it takes me back to my ethnic roots. Back to my Rajasthan."

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    With yet another picture in a lehenga, Suman Rao enthrals us with her beauty!

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    Rao represented India in Miss World 2019 pageant that was held in London in the United Kingdom last year where she finished second, bagging the first runner up title and winning the Miss World Asia crown. 

First Published: 20 December, 2019 16:02 IST

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