Zoya Afroz was crowned Miss India International 2021 at the end of the event organized by the Glamanand Supermodel India organization and held on August 21, 2021 at the Kingdom of Dreams Auditorium in Gurugram, Haryana. The 26-year-old beauty queen beaten 23 other beautiful finalists to win this crown and succeeds Miss India International 2019 Simrithi Bathija for the title.Zoya Afroz will represent India at Miss International 2021 to be held during the month of November in Yokohama City, Japan.
Joining the Miss International pageant has always been dream of Zoya. In fact, she has been waiting for this opportunity since 2013. Apart from the opportunity to represent India at Miss International 2021, she also bagged three sub-titles, namely ‘Best in Evening Gown’ and ‘Miss Glamorous Eyes’ and ‘Top Model’. During the final question and answer round of Femina Miss India 2017, the top 5 delegates were asked the same question – “What is the role of a beauty pageant in a country that lacks unity?”, to which Afroz responded:
“As someone who has dreamt to be on stage of such a prestigious pageant, I believe that beauty pageants give great opportunities to young women to excel in their career, and in whichever field they choose to pursue. Beauty pageants recognises that and gives them wings to fly and strengthen and empower them. So, I believe that in our country where we have so much unity, yet so much diversity, a beauty pageant brings girls from different cultures all together, and they get so much to learn from each other, as opposed to the countries where there is no unity. I really feel that pageants helps women to reach their highest potential, and makes them united.”
Zoya took to her social media to share her crowning news as she wrote :
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Hailing from Uttar Pradesh, she is a graduate from Mithibai College, Mumbai with a Bachelor of Commerce degree. She started her movie and television career as a child actor, and eventually established her name in Bollywood as an award winning actress.
Zoya has been working in the Indian Film Industry since 1998 and made her Bollywood screen debut as a lead in the thriller film The Xposé in the year 2014. Zoya has been a part of over 10 films, worked in several television shows and a few music videos. The diva also competed in the Femina Miss India 2013 pageant, where she was crowned as second runner-up.
Apart from Miss India International 2021, Divija Gambhir was crowned Miss India Multinational 2021 and Tanya Sinha was crowned Miss India Globe 2021. Asmita Chakraborty and Anisha Sharma were crowned as the first and second runner-ups, at the end of the event, respectively.