Miss Diva 2020 finalists visit India Habitat Center to mark conclusion of Smile Torch’s Journey

14 Feb 2020 | Angelique Reyes

Miss Diva Universe 2020 is all set to host its coronation night on 22nd February 2020 where the twenty finalists will be competing for the national crown and an opportunity to represent India at Miss Universe 2020 and Miss Supranational 2020. Vartika Singh Miss Universe India 2019 and Shefali Sood Miss Supranational India 2019 will be crowning their successors at the end of the finale. This is the first edition of Miss Diva under Liva Fluid Fashion.

Smile Train, an international children’s cleft charity held an event at India Habitat Centre to raise awareness about the facial birth difference of cleft lip and palate and free treatment available at Smile Train partner hospitals.


Miss Diva 2020 finalists visit India Habitat Center to mark conclusion of Smile Torch’s Journey


LIVA Miss Diva Universe 2020 finalists along with Smile Torch Advisory Council members and Paralympics Medalist Padma Shri Khel Ratna Dr. Deepa Malik and Miss Diva Universe 2019 Vartika Singh visited India Habitat Center in New Delhi to show support and raise awareness for the clefts of the lips and palate; a condition that affects more than 35,000 children at birth in India. This visit also marks the conclusion of the journey of the Smile Torch, a national initiative by Smile Train India. Smile Torch has travelled too 24 states and Union Territories in India and represents Smile Train’s efforts in dispelling myths surrounding clefts.

The event was followed by a ramp walk where Miss Diva Universe 2019 Vartika Singh and LIVA Miss Diva 2020 finalists walked together with children to show solidarity with Smile Train and children born with clefts. Later, Vartika said, “There are so many myths associated with clefts. I am here to spread the message that clefts can be easily treated, because every kid deserves a chance to smile confidently.”



Smile Train India Advisory Council member Dr. Deep Malik said, “Awareness about clefts needs to spread in all corners of India to ensure a bright future for children born with clefts. I am overjoyed to see the support the Smile Torch has found across India.”

During its journey, Smile Train Goodwill Ambassadors Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, cricketer Harbhajan Singh and Maharaja Gaj Singh of Jodhpur-Marwar and various public figures including Governor of Manipur Najma Heptullah, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, Puducherry Lt. Governor Dr. Kiran Bedi, Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel and Union Cabinet Minister Arjun Munda, among other eminent individuals, held it aloft to pledge their support to the cause of clefts.