GANGTOK: Sixteen-year-old Sahara Hangma Subba from Sombarey, West Sikkim, becomes the first teen from the entire Northeast India to win the coveted title of ‘Teen India 2022’, a national-level beauty pageant.

She was crowned at a ceremony held at Noida, Uttar Pradesh, on April 4.

Subba also won the subtitle of Miss Teen India Congeniality from among 16 teens from various states of India. The three-day event had 22 sub-contests, group dynamics, photoshoots, charity events, online and on-ground sessions.

Sahara is pursuing her Class 12 from Soreng senior secondary school. She is the reigning Miss Teen India Sikkim 2022, organised by Sikkim Glamour World earlier this February. She also won the Best Ramp-walk subtitle in the beauty pageant.

Similarly, another Teen India Sikkim 2022 winner Jasmine Lama won the Miss Teen India Unique Talent subtitle at Teen India 2022. Jasmine hails from Goke Bazaar, Darjeeling, and had represented West Bengal in the prestigious beauty pageant.

On the winning experience, Sahara shared, “When my name was announced, for a second, I was numb and my mind stopped functioning. I couldn’t believe that I had made it and I was the winner of Teen India 2022. I was crying. I wasn’t confident that I could make it because all the 15 other contestants were very talented and most had participated in various national level beauty pageants”.

Sahara was groomed by Teen India Sikkim CEO David Rai. On her mentor, she shared, “The first day of Teen India, I had called David sir and said ‘Sir I don’t think I can do it’. He was the one who motivated me and replied ‘I can already see the winning crown on your head. Just get it’. That was the only thing on my mind throughout the competition. When I won the title of Teen India, the motivating conversation with Sir David came flooding to my mind.”

Sahara said she was always fascinated by beauty pageants. She shared, “The journey was hard and the competition was actually very tough, all the contestants were very talented and hardworking, and most of them were experienced, as they had previously participated in various national level beauty pageants.”

The teen beauty also shared how she was insecure of her height. She said: “All the other finalists were taller than me, but I had faith in me that I can do it. I worked hard and was learning each day”.

Sahara returned to Sikkim on Wednesday. “My family and team from Miss Teen Sikkim had come to receive me at Bagdogra airport. It made me emotional to receive so much love and support from all the people who came to share my victory. We have worked as a team and it is all of our hard work, not just mine. I feel blessed,” the newly-crowned Miss Teen India 2022 said.

Teen India CEO and national director of India for many prestigious international pageants Jasmeet Kaur shared, “My goal is to give the best platform for teenage girls in the country, which is safe and enriching.”

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