Anukreethy Vas, a 19-year-old girl from Tamil Nadu, won the crown of Miss India 2018.
Anukreethy was crowned by Miss World Manushi Chhillar at a star-studded grand finale, which was held at Dome, NSCI SVP Stadium, Mumbai.
Before being announced the winner, Anukreethy was asked a question, as part of the final Q & A round. She was asked, "Who is a better teacher in life success or failure?"Anukreethy replied, "I would say failure is a better teacher because when you get continuous success in life, you will feel content at a point and your growth will stop.
But when you get failures continuously, the soul will have the fire and you will keep working hard until you reach the goal.
It's always been failure in my life that took me to this position - from a village-based place, from all the struggle, I am here. Not even a single person was there to support me other than my mother and I feel only the failures, the criticism I have gone through have brought me up as a confident and independent woman in this society.
And experience is always the best teacher and that is what I can tell you. So keep trying. Though the failures might haunt you, success will wish you".
Anukreethy has been raised by a single mother, and she is currently pursuing BA in French in prestigious Loyoala i Chennai to become a translator.
Miss India 2018 Anukreethy will now be preparing to represent India at Miss World 2018.
Meenakshi Chaudhary, 21, from Harayana was declared the first runner-up while Andhra Pradesh's Shrey Rao Kamvarapu, 23, stood as the second runner-up in the beauty competition.
The crowning ceremony saw performances by Bollywood stars like Kareena Kapoor Khan, Jacqueline Farnandez and Madhuri Dixit, and also by Miss World 2017 Manushi Chillar.
The judges panel included names of cricketers K L Rahul and Irfan Pathan actors Bobby Deol, Malaika Arora and Kunal Kapoor.