India has reached the Mars but yet in several parts of the country people with dark and dusky colour are still looked down and are mocked for their skin colour by people having fair skin.
Pankhi Singh, 17 year-old-girl from Uttar Pradesh’s Varanasi was looked down and mocked by people for having dusky skin. In spite of all the mockeries she participated in Miss India Asia Pacific 2017 beauty pageant and bagged the first runner up title along with best figure.
Journey was not easy for the teenager who from her childhood dream of representing the country in international beauty pageant competitions. She was always mocked by people for her dusky skin.
According to a friend of Pankhi said, “Whenever people learnt about Pankhi’s aspiration they humiliated her, demeaned her spirits and made fun of her dusky skin.”
She added that now with the runners-up title of Miss India Asia Pacific 2017 in her bag she has given her humiliators a befitting reply.
Her mockers are now leaving no stone untoward to get a selfie with the teenager having the best figure in ‘Miss India Pacific 2017’.
The journey so far for Pankhi was not a cake walk. Other than mockery, severe financial issues also acted as a catalyst in creating hindrance to achieve her targets.
“Throughout the journey my parents and family members supported me a lot. I have achieved so much just because of their sacrifices and motivation,” said Pankhi.
The beauty pageant runner-up also said that government should sponsor children who aspire to become models just like they sponsor engineering and medical students.
“My mother sold her jewelry stock to sponsor my requirements after I qualified audition for the pageant in 2015,” she added.
Divya, Pankhi’s sister said, “I am proud of my sister. Today wherever I go people identify me as Pankhi’s sister.”
Total 30 participants from seven countries including Dubai, Thailand, Malasia, Srilanka, Singapore and Indonesia participated in the competition. Miss Asia Pacific 2017 beauty competition was held at Thailand's Bangkok.