Tell us about yourself, your background and what you do currently
Benevolent, fierce minded with a brave heart, an art director, a dancer, a Fashion Marketer, a certified Fitness Instructor, now a freelance model, a marketing manager in Singapore and now the Winner of MRS INDIA 2017 –Queen of Substance which took place in New Delhi on 14 April 2017- Yes, this is ME!
After having lived in Kashmir, Ambala, Chandigarh, Kuwait, Melbourne and now Singapore, I realized that at every 100 feet, this world changes, so explore and learn. Born in a lovely Punjabi family with strong values & principles, I worked in India as an Art Director for an International Advertising agency after which I moved to Kuwait to live with my parents. I had to do a career switch and luckily I got into Fashion retail industry to further build my professional curve. I have always believed that every girl is beautiful and you have to love yourself first by being comfortable in your own skin. This belief led me to starting up a fitness studio in Kuwait where I trained women to love themselves by sweating it out with me in the workout class.
In 2014 I got married and moved to Australia. My husband’s work made us relocate to Singapore. At this given point in time I am actively participating in projects on women empowerment.
Tell us about any current projects or initiatives you wish to promote
I have always believed and advocated women empowerment. I have taken the initiative to contribute to every opportunity towards this belief that comes past. I am currently involved with several projects which are in initial developing phase to assist women in gaining self-confidence and self-belief. I frequently visit female orphanages in India to inspire and talk about importance of education.
What has been your biggest challenge in achieving your success? Biggest challenge was competing with 43 contestants who underwent months of preparations for the pageant and being able to sustain my true self in every moment during the pageant journey.
What has been your greatest achievement personally?
It will be unfair to quote just one as my greatest achievement because achievements give me a sense of satisfaction but motivation to work towards the future. Every achievement gives birth to another ambition in life. To me they are like milestones that direct me through my chosen path.
If you weren’t doing what you do now, what would you be doing?
I have stuck by the principle that one creates his/her own destiny since the very early age. So there is nothing else I would be doing as I chose to pursue the current.
Who has been your biggest inspiration?
Every good soul around me gives me inspiration. Every self-made person who achieves via correct means inspires me, so I constantly get amazed and inspired on a daily basis.
What does the future hold for you?
I think the question should be, what do I hold for the future! J Ability to lead by example in every aspect of my life.
My life’s motto – “In order to see the change, be the change” reflects a solution to the many known issues we face in the world at present. Being an Indian by origin, I feel more for the state of women in India and the mindset of our so called “developing” nation. Yes, India is progressing in many fronts including IT, medical science and telecommunication, but we are digressing from the definition of a CIVIL society. Unfortunately, the word “Power” is viewed and measured in only physical form. Women, who are tougher mentally, with brains more equipped and more efficient for multi-tasking are still fighting for equality. But for me it is ludicrous on our part to even fight for it because we are way above this. You give a woman some wheat and she’ll make bread. You give her a house, she’ll make it a home. You give her your heart, she’ll create love. This is what I believe that every girl should engrave and implement in her day to day life.
A lot of girls are tunnelled to foresee marriage as their ultimate goal. I took it up as another milestone in my life because there is so much more to achieve and if you have a partner who is by your side and respects your individuality, then nothing is impossible. In my view, marriage should be about two independent people helping and making each other better versions of themselves. This is why I have managed to pursue my dreams and maintain a work-life balance.
My message to every female of India would be to believe in your dreams, work towards building your own identity and love yourself.
Something to contemplate – If I could do it, so can you. If someone in this world has done it, so can we!