Haryana girl Nishtha Dudeja won the Miss Deaf Asia title at the 18th edition of Miss and Mister Deaf World - Europe - Asia Beauty Pageant 2018 held at Prague. What's makes this feat so special is that Nishtha Dudeja is the first Indian to have won a title at the Miss Deaf World Pageant. All pictures/Nishtha Dudeja Instagram
Nishtha Dudeja said she faced tough competition from contestants from China, Thailand, Taiwan, Israel, Czech Republic, Belarus, Mexico, South Africa and other countries at the 18th edition of Miss and Mister Deaf World -Europe -Asia Beauty Pageant 2018 held recently at Prague, Czech Republic
Nishtha Dudeja hails from Haryana's industrial city of Panipat, around 85 km from New Delhi. She who was born deaf did not think of herself being differently-abled and chose to take her chance in the field of beauty
Nishtha Dudeja said, "I want to thank my parents for their consistent support who were always there to help me. Now I want to help the deprived people even at the cost of my comfort. I believe that the differently abled people don't need pity. They only deserve equal opportunities to prove themselves."
In the final round of the contest, Nishtha Dudeja was asked, "If you win the crown of Miss Deaf India today, what will be your future goals?" Her response was: "If I win the title of Miss Deaf India, my immediate goal will be to win Miss Deaf World for my country which I believe I can win if I get enough practice. In long term, I want to work for public welfare."
After winning the pageant Nishtha Dudeja said, "What a moment! It was overwhelming. It is certainly something I will cherish forever! It was really an amazing night. For the first time, India won any crown at Miss and Mister Deaf World pageant. I'm glad that I won this crown for India." (sic)
The 23-year-old Panipat girl Nishtha Dudeja is a commerce graduate from Venkateshwara College, Delhi University, and presently pursuing MA in economics from Mithibai College, University of Mumbai. Prior to this title, Nishtha Dudeja had also won the Miss Deaf India title on February 26, 2018 in Jaipur
Nishtha Dudeja was always a bright student from her school days, who was always keen on learning something new in life. Seeing her interest in extra-curricular activities, her mother sent her to learn judo at the age of seven. Nishtha Dudeja did judo for about five years, participated in various tournaments up to international level and won medals
Nishtha Dudeja is also an accomplished tennis player and has played many AITA, ITF and Asian tour tennis tournaments. Nishtha had also participated in Deaflympics 2013 (held in Sofia, Bulgaria), World Deaf Tennis Championship 2015 (held in Nottingham, UK) and Deaflympics 2017 (held in Samsun, Turkey)
Nishtha Dudeja is the brand ambassador for Sivantos India Pvt Ltd. (Formerly Siemens hearing Instruments Pvt Ltd.), the world's leading brand of hearing aids, having about a 25 per cent market share globally
Ved Prakash Dudeja, father of Nishtha Dudeja and Chief Engineer in the Northern Railways, says credit goes to his wife, who has worked hard to maker her daughter Nishtha successful in life
Nishtha Dudeja's mother, Punam Dudeja, who is a homemaker, said: "We were heartbroken when we came to know that our child will not be able to hear lifelong but we did everything to make our daughter's life a successful one."
Nishtha Dudeja aims to work for both differently abled people and the underprivileged sections of society in future. She believes that if they are given equal opportunities, instead of pity, these people can make an equal mark and contribution to society.
Afyter she won the crown, Nishtha Dudeja thanked the nation for support. She wrote, "Thank you INDIA. Your love and affection has brought me to this stage of getting Miss Deaf Asia 2018 Crown. I am so grateful to the people of my beautiful country for their blessings. I dedicate this crown to my family. On this ocassion, I want to convey that the differently abled people don't need sympathy or pity. All they need are opportunities to prove themselves."
Nishtha Dudeja loves rains. She says, "I bet I can be called a pluviophile. Loving rain and finding joy during this season beats all other perks of happiness." (sic)
Nishtha Dudeja says, "Beauty starts in your head, not in your mirror, & it's always the smile that makes you extra beautiful."
Nishtha Dudeja is very close to her father and believes in the saying, "Behind every independent woman is an open minded father who trusted her and not the society." (sic)
Nishtha Dudeja cherishes her bond with parents. She says, "Its been 23 years that you have cherished me since day 1 and I hope that it stays forever. Thankyou for guiding me, supporting me and being my best buddies. Thanks for bringing me into this life. I will make it worth our times."
Nishtha Dudeja believes in the saying, "The world is beautiful outside when there is stability inside."
Haryana girl Nishtha Dudeja has proved that disability cannot come in the way of success. She became the first Indian to win the Miss Deaf Asia 2018 title at an international pageant held in Prague. We look at the Haryana beauty's life in pictures
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