Apurva Pravin Thakur, who hails from Mumbai, was crowned ‘Miss Teen Universe India 2019’ in Noida in the cold of the night on December 18. The title will take her to represent India at the pageant show in Panama, USA.
This year’s Miss Teen Universe India pageant had it all – from being beautiful to having an exceptional bend of mind, and the title went to Mumbai girl Apurva Pravin Thakur. She was crowned in Noida’s Marwah Studios by the previous year’s winner Srishti Kaur.
Apurva is currently pursuing Bachelor of Architecture from Thomas Jefferson University Philadelphia. The architecture student, who floored the judges to bag the sought-after title, couldn't believe herself when her name was announced and reacted with extreme joy.
Apurva will now be representing India in Panama (USA) for the most sought-after title.
Palak Kholi was crowned the first runner-up. She hails from Delhi and is Pursuing BA in Journalism and Mass Communication from Vivekananda Institute for professional studies.
The second runner-up title was bagged by Chavi Mehal of Delhi, who is pursuing Fashion Media Communication from Pearl Academy.
The panel of eminent judges included Rita Gangwani (Retired Lieutenant), a well-known Personality Development Mentor, Aarti Kapur (Co-founder and director of Marigold Naturals), Tammana Singh (MD of Uberlux India), Sharmila Jethmalani (Chief Stylist – Network 18, CNN-IBN), fashion designer Asma Gulzar and Television celebrity personality Rapper Maddy.
The finalists were selected from pan-India on the basis of an online audition. The teen final contestants were: Apurva Thakur (Mumbai), Neel Anjana (Delhi), Palak Kholi (Delhi), Saniya Arora (Noida), Nritya Akansha (Delhi), Samiksha Ingle (Aurangabad), Jahnavi Rishitha (Delhi), Chavi Mehal (Delhi), Megha Dass (Delhi) and Sanskrit Sharma (Delhi).
The evening also witnessed a stellar performance by Rapper Maddy, who had hosted UTV Bindass Yeh Hai Aashiqui Season 3 in 2016 and participated in the Splitsvilla season 10 in the year 2017.
Srishti Kaur was crowned Miss Teen Universe 2017 at the sixth edition of the pageant held in the Ruben Dario National Theatre in Managua, the capital city of Nicaragua. She was the first ever Indian-Asian winner of Teen Universe pageant. Srishti beat 25 contestants from across the world to win the pageant and is included in the list of Top 30 under 30 young achievers by Hindustan Times.