Odisha’s Swapna Priyadarshini eyes ‘Miss Universe’ title

Bhubaneswar: Idolizing Sushmita Sen, Swapna Priyadarshini of Dhenkanal has now set her eyes on the ‘Miss Universe’ title. The 17-year-old was recently crowned Miss Photogenic at Miss Tourism and Culture Universe 2018, held at Yangon in Myanmar.

In an exclusive chat with odishatv.in, Swapna said that she wants to become Miss Universe. Though Swapna has not undertaken any formal or professional training, she claims that videos on internet helped her a lot.

“I want to become Miss Universe and also try luck in Bollywood . I idolize Sushimita Sen for her looks and simplicity and to follow her footsteps,” said Swapna.

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More than 30 contestants from all around the world participated in the event organised by Ministry of Religious Affairs and Culture, Republic of Myanmar.

Swapna was the only candidate out of 40 from India to represent the country at the global stage.

Youngest among all the contestants, Swapna showcased Odisha’s rich culture by draping a ‘Sambalpuri’ sari during presentation round. She also mesmerized the jury with the famous ‘Dalkhai’ dance during the event.


“I felt really blessed to be a part of the beauty pageant. Representing India made me proud as I was a part of culture and tourism exchange programme,” Swapna said.

Swapna Priyadarshini is currently pursuing plus II at Kendriya Vidyalaya in Bilaspur where her father works  as a Chief Manager in a Bank. She feels that the beauty pageant in Yangon will help to move towards her aim.



“This is a stepping stone for me to become miss universe. Events like this shapes one’s personality and will also motivate and help me a lot in future.”