Manila Pradhan wins MTV Supermodel of the Year 2020

16 Mar 2020 | Camilla Suarez

MTV Supermodel of the Year is an Indian Reality television series which features talented and aspiring models. This is the first season of the MTV Supermodel of the year as the grand finale was held on 15th March 2020 where Manila Pradhan was declared as the winner defeating Drisha More and Priya Singh in the battle.

Manila is 24-years-old and hails from Sikkim. She has earned her graduation in Pharmacy from Sikkim’s Himalayan Pharmacy Institute. After, she completed her graduation, she moved to Mumbai to pursue course in acting and theatre. She likes to travel and shop. Manila had previously auditioned for Femina Miss India Northeast but was rejected due to her height; she stands 167 cm tall. The diva did not give up and auditioned thrice for MTV Supermodel of the Year in 2019 before finally receiving a confirmation call from the makers of the show.



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Manila developed a great interest in the world of modeling and acting since very young age but pursued Pharmacy as her parents wanted her to do complete her education. Manila went onto impress the judges on the show even without any professional experience in the field of modeling with her immense confidence and strong personality presence. The diva worked very hard throughout the show to perfect her on-stage walk and style her looks.  During the competition, the girls were put through a series of daunting challenges and a bootcamp where the mentors, Ujjwala and Anusha would train the girls for acing their stance on stage. Manila’s journey wasn’t easy but she emerged victorious with a big margin in the finale photoshoot challenge that needed her to pose with the esteemed panelists.   

On winning the show Manila said, “It’s not less than a dream come true for me. One of the strongest things that I learned and would like to take away with me from this journey is to be yourself. That is your ultimate power that nobody can have. All the judges on the show and the mentors were great. But I really have a special intangible connection and a soft corner for Malaika ma’am and Ujjwala ma’am. No matter how much they shouted at me but in the end, it was for my betterment and personal growth.”

With the judges decked up in their best attires coupled with Raja Kumari’s electrifying performance, Supermodel of The Year culminated into a fascinating finale leaving behind a lot of learning for the contestants.



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Malaika Arora stated “What a tremendous journey this show has been. Supermodel of the Year wasn’t just about style and beauty, it was also about shedding off inhibitions and be confident in your own self. While we have one winner today, the show has given a platform to 10 gorgeous women who are sure to rule the ramp in future. Manila has been a revelation for us. Despite a tough start, she always took feedback in her stride and the results have shown. I wish her all the best for a stupendous future and hope that the learnings from the show guide her in the journey ahead.”

The TV show started on the 22nd of September 2019 where 10 girls from all over India competed for the title. MTV Supermodel of The Year is judged by Malaika Arora, Milind Soman and Masaba Gupta. Malaika Arora presented the modelling television reality show while Ujjwala Raut and Anusha Dandekar were the mentors of the show. Ujjwala Raut, a popular super model, has worked with many popular International brands and made her debut on television with the show.