Paris Keswani was born in India on 14 March, 1979 on an Indian festival day, called Holi. She is successful entrepreneur, Federal contractor, Gemologist and model. She double majored in Business & marketing and Gemology. Paris runs a successful jewelry business and she has jewelry retail stores in the Bahamas, and sells wholesale jewelry to retailers in the USA. She has opened her stores in London and Dubai as well. As a federal contractor, she works with different intelligence agencies in Washington DC. Besides working, Paris volunteers at UNICEF, is a member of UN environment program and volunteers at New York Cares. She is a mother of an adorable six year old boy named Prince. She has her our foundation called Prince Foundation which she opened after her son Prince was born. She visits a senior home every weekend and runs an book, toy and blanket drive. She currently works with Secaucus Mayor Michael Gonnelli on an environmental project and helps children with special needs.
Tell us about yourself, your background and what you do currently
I was the youngest member in the family of five. My father was in the clothing business. He was both an importer and exporter . My mother was a homemaker. I remember, Growing up, my father was very strict, because if you are a father of four girls, you have to be strict. As we grew up, rules and ethics and principled were many. I learned all about about life from my dear parents and siblings all around the dinner table. My father was involved in charitable projects and I was always included in his efforts. I learned how to love everyone, no matter who, and to treat everyone as an equal.
I always wanted to be self-made and independent and I stopped being financially dependent on family, when I was just 19 years old. I wanted to make a name and business for myself, based on my own guts, hard work and intelligence
I was born and brought up in Jaipur, India and then move to LA and finally to NY. I am a professional jewelry designer, and after winning the Mrs India Earth Title, I firmly decided to launch a jewelry line made out of 100% recycled material., which really got me excited and I will be launching it very soon – Tresures of Prince. All the displays, gift bags, etc., will be created out recycled and reused material. I am a strong believer that you can surely make the world beautiful and protect it , all at the same time, and I intend to show it through my actions , through my Business, through my work
Tell us about any current projects or initiatives you wish to promote
I always wanted to do something which makes an impact, which makes this world a better place. So in line with my thinking, I set myself a goal of planting over 10,000 trees, which is a very difficult task in the United states, due to the paperwork and mich bureaucracy involved. I was pleasantly surprised to find out that my target was over achieved and surpassed the combined efforts of the remaining 40 pageant contestants. I am very proud to receive a letter from President Obama recognizing my planting efforts, which is something that makes me very happy
What has been your biggest challenge in achieving your success?
I am a self made independent woman and I think there is no challenge. You just have to focus on your goal and keep marching forward. Hard work always pays and it makes challenges and problems disappear.
What has been your greatest achievement personally?
My son is my greatest achievement and inspiration. When my son was born, I set up Prince Foundation in NY. Here we feed over 200 homeless people, every week, in New York city. Also, we visit senior homes on the weekend, and we have an annual book, toy and blanket drive for poor and needy children. I make sure I involve my son in all of these project as its very true that children learn from our actions only.
What does the future hold for you?
My primary future goal is to create a jewelry line made of 100% recycled materials. I also plan to pave the way for my businesses to follow in this path, including a future eco-friendly clothing line for adults and children.