The Miss Nepal Earth 2019, Riya Basnet, went to Philipines to participate in the Miss Earth beauty contest last week. She wrote:
Today as I am about to embark for another big adventure of my life, I recall the times when the thought of standing at the stage gave me chills. For a reserved child like me, who suffered from social anxiety, just taking part in the Miss Nepal was far beyond my imagination. Winning Miss Nepal itself was something that I never dared to dream as a child. But the time I starting daring, I couldnâ€™t stop dreaming. With time, I started believing that anything is possible when you have faith in yourself. And that faith guided me towards the path of Miss Nepal 2019.
However, todayâ€™s not about me. Todayâ€™s about all those hands that were there to pick me up, every time I fall, to all those eyes that were able to see in me, what I used to deny in myself, to all those shoulder that I could lean on every-time I felt low, and to all those voices that uplifted at times of self disbeliefs. Todayâ€™s about all the people without whom I would not have experienced some of the most challenging yet empowering moments of my life. Thank you for having my back through it all. . . the mountainous highs, and the depths of hell.
Like I always say, â€œI am going to bring the crown home, if not for me, for all the people who believed in me more than I did.â€ Thank you for believing in me first.