Manali Anand Mrs. Bharat Ohio First Runner Up 2019-2020
World Class Beauty Queens Magazine would like to welcome amazing Queen Manali Anand Mrs. Bharat Ohio First Runner Up 2019-2020.
Full name: Manali Anand
Title/Year: Mrs. Bharat Ohio First Runner Up 2019-2020 ( Other titles: Mrs. Bharat Fashionista USA 2019-2020)
Pageant System: Miss/ Mrs/ Teen Bharat USA and Miss/ Mrs/ Teen Bharat Ohio
Zodiac sign: Scorpio
Hobbies: Painting and Traveling
Platform: 'Know your skin' - is about educating on women skin diseases caused by autoimmune or genetic disorder.
Years competed: In progress
Countries visited: USA, India and Malaysia
Likes: Music, spending time with my kid, helping others, honesty, fashion, positivism
Dislikes: Hypocrites and disrespect
Status: Married and a proud mother of two-year-old
World Class Beauty Queens: Please tell us about yourself.
Hello everyone! My name is Manali Anand. 'Things don't work until you do' is my mantra of life. I am a computer science engineer working in IT industry for ten years and a versatile realistic, portrait and a speed painter, who is a mother of two year old boy and married to the most supporting husband. I am born and brought up in India, my father is a Doctor(worked as CMO) and my mother is a home maker. I have two elder brothers who are married and have kids. My father use to travel far from family in remote areas due to the nature of government postings and my mother use to take care of us for bringing up with good education and social exposure in the city. I learned that there is no short cut to success.I have been blessed to be surrounded with loving family and friends. Currently I live in Columbus, Ohio USA with my family.
World Class Beauty Queens: What does women Empowerment means to you?
Women Empowerment means living a life with purpose. When a soul empowers the whole personality that is the real human empowerment for me. Uplifting the humankind and promoting confidence in other women by helping each other is women empowerment.
World Class Beauty Queens: Tell us about your pageant history.
This is my first pageant journey and indeed has been a beautiful experience in both personal and professional aspect. Every day, I learn from my fellow participants and other folks associated with pageantry world. It taught me to give society beyond appreciation or recognition, and the sense of satisfaction is immense by doing so. I have walked runway to promote improved sanitation and hygiene in schools, and proceeds from that event helped in building sanitation facilities for Girl's High School in rural areas of South India. I was approached by HDEF to support their green movement in India to plant trees and save the planet from increasing climatic change. It has changed my whole perspective of empowering humankind.
World Class Beauty Queens: What inspired you to do your first pageant?
I wanted to become a fashion designer and fashion is an art. There was a constant instinct to be known as a fashion influencer. That was my biggest drive to participate in my first pageant.I also competed in pageant because my platform - 'Know your skin' could be promoted better to raise awareness on skin diseases due to auto immune and genetic disorder. Since I am also artistic, I also want to do art therapy for special need children and adults.
World Class Beauty Queens: Why did you choose to compete for your current title?
I chose to compete in my current title because of the system that helps to enrich one's life with their dreams, passions and achievements, to add experiences and become a source of strength to make a difference in your family and community. Locked all my aspirations with dedication and hard worked, I won the crown.
World Class Beauty Queens: To those unfamiliar with your pageant system please tell us what is it about?
The goal of the pageant is to empower each contestant with further personality grooming, to enrich their confidence further and provide them with a platform to showcase their talent and potential. This is a beauty pageant indeed to convey the message that beauty is not just in the mere looks but in the complete balance of your inside out beauty & your confidence to inspire others. This pageant is open to women and men of all age as we have multiple categories for enrollment/crowns and titles. They also, want to promote through our Crown Holders that – “Wear your crown in the heart & on the head, but not in the head”.They conduct pageant at state,national,south Asian and worldwide levels.
World Class Beauty Queens: What are you being judged on during the competition?
Ethnic Round/Western Round:
- Hair & Makeup
- Inspiration Journey
- Contestant Introduction
- Speech Content
- Speech Modulation
- X- factor
- Audience Engagement level
- Overall Presentation
- Talent expertise level
- Talent presentation
- Talent quality
- Choice of Talent
- Audience Engagement level
- Talent Costume & accessories
World Class Beauty Queens: Tell us about your experience during the competition.
The experience throughout the competition was overwhelming, yet worth to compete.I won few of my contestants' hearts and we are friends for lifetime and built strong network within the pageant system.
World Class Beauty Queens: Tell us about your platform or what cause do you volunteer for.
In my school days, I raised funds for NGO Helpage India (for disadvantaged elderly senior citizens). I was also a member of women forum in my organization for dealing with Prevention and Resolution of harassment in the workplace. Currently I volunteer for HDEF green movement 'Green Helmet’. The NGO is 'Human development and education foundation'. The project aims to plant highest number of trees in 2020 and contribute towards saving the planet from climatic changes. I also volunteer for various women associations for women empowerment. I will continue to build my platform 'Know your skin' which is about raising awareness on women skin diseases due to auto immune or genetic issues.
World Class Beauty Queens: What appearances have you done with your title?
I have done various appearances after winning the title. I had walked runway for a cause (build toilets in Girl's high school in Andhra & Telangana in India). All the proceeds from this event helped in building sanitation facilities for girl's school in rural areas. The goal was to promote improved sanitation and hygiene in schools which increased children's health performance and reduces leave. I had also walked in fashion shows for Peruvian Fashion designer - Juan Jose Saenz Ferreyros Couture in South Asian wedding show - Finale. I attended Miss Bharat Ohio 2020 launch party and few community groups events to promote the pageant networking. I am also going to attend few events back to back on women's day and some collaboration appearances for a designer.Lot more on my way.
World Class Beauty Queens: What are some of your achievements?
My biggest achievement in one year has been to represent my talent of speed painting at state and national level. Being state title holder and representing my state at various public events, I have learned a lot and see a newer version of myself which is itself is a great achievement. It has given me strength to think and act in a very positive way in my life.As a title holder, true reward is in the lives that you have touched.
World Class Beauty Queens: What makes you stand out from all those other beautiful girls?
All girls are unique and so their stories, but one unique thing about me is that I am very artistic. I want to utilize my artistic skills to put into use by helping others. I plan to start a therapy program for special need children and adults.
World Class Beauty Queens: Tell us about the moment your name was called out as the winner.
The moment my name was called out, I was in joy. I hugged my little baby boy as soon as crowning ceremony completed.He showed lot of patience and cooperation with his dad through out the day while I was walking down the ramp ;)
World Class Beauty Queens: What does it mean to you to be a Beauty Queen?
Behaving like a queen is a work. It’s not just about wearing crown and looking beautiful. It’s more about how you are inside and giving back to community by spreading kindness and empowering humankind. It is a crown of glory and pride together with lot of responsibilities.
World Class Beauty Queens: How did competing in pageants helped your life?
Competing in pageant has helped me in becoming a fashion influencer that I always wanted to do. I never imagined it could bring a huge impact in the way I think or live. There is a huge difference than before when I act or help others. I influence others to do the right thing and giving back to community. I suggest all girls and women should participate at least in one pageant in their lifetime and experience the positive changes that brings in life.
World Class Beauty Queens: How did pageants helped your self-esteem and body image?
I feel more confident and stronger than before which has given a new height to my self-esteem.
World Class Beauty Queens: You are an inspiration to all the girls out there. How does it feel?
Being a woman, who doesn't love attention and that's something I do! But there is a very thin line in crossing the obsession which should be avoided. The focus should be on utilizing the crown and finding a purpose with it.
World Class Beauty Queens: What is your on stage strategy to win the judges over?
My stage strategy to win the judges over is confidence and a lot of confidence. Confidence is directly proportion to beauty on face. Score has greater weight on how contestant feels on stage than appearance. Everyone is prepared in terms of look, but confidence is a thing that makes lot of difference on stage presentation.
World Class Beauty Queens: How did you prepare for your competition?
I started my preparation for talent round and my looks in a short span of time. The competition was too tough in the category I participated. I knew one thing that I wanted to bring something unique out of me on the stage during talent round and hence I chose speed painting to do.Speed painting is a very challenging task as it requires to complete painting within stipulated time in minutes.I completed nearly 500 brush strokes on 40 inches of canvas with three to four different techniques in 3 minutes at state level and in 2 minutes at national level. I painted 'Statue of Liberty' at state and 'Krishna' at national. I wore Designer Dream Collection showstopper gown from NYFW 2019. I worked very hard for toning my body by visiting gym every day. There were hours spent preparing speech and answers for questionnaire round. The question I was asked by judges - 'If you wouldn't have been Manali Anand, what would you have been and why?’. I answered politely and honestly - 'I love my myself as I am but given a chance, I would had been Indra Nooyi (ex-CEO of Pepsi co) because she is my inspiration to look up for being a powerful woman and a right shadow of leadership.'
World Class Beauty Queens: What are your tips for learning better pageant walk?
Watch lot of videos from you tube and practice on hard surface with heels because your body has to get use to sway and it can be achieved by practicing every day.
World Class Beauty Queens: What are your tips for choosing right pageant dress?
My tip for choosing right pageant dress is to flaunt your best part of body with elegance, style and striking a right pose. It should certainly match one's personality, to carry and slay it in a right way on stage.
World Class Beauty Queens: What are your tips for winning interview?
Believe in yourself and be genuine to everyone.
World Class Beauty Queens: What is one mistake that you've done during competing you wish you could redo and fix it?
One mistake that I did was to find about the pageant system very late in the game. I wish I could have known about it before and had more time to prepare.
World Class Beauty Queens: What other mistakes are made by girls during the contest?
Self-doubt is the biggest mistake by girls after registering into pageant. Everybody has it but they should work to realize the reason for participation and crack it.
World Class Beauty Queens: Any modeling or acting experience?
In the past I walked for some known designers and started getting more modeling and acting opportunities after winning crown.
World Class Beauty Queens: What are your plans for 2020 as a Queen?
I do have some modelling and NGOs collaborations in 2020. Apart from that, I certainly want to give back to community by helping and promoting some critical causes of society. I plan to start art therapy for special need children and adults.Doing speed painting upside down and flipping it for a new perspective has taught me that our lives are like a work of art. We all deserve a fresh perspective every now and then.
World Class Beauty Queens: What kind of legacy do you want to leave behind?
The legacy I want to leave behind is to inspire young girls to accept positivism. I also want to inspire girls to imbibe leadership skills as women still make less than 10% in corporate higher levels.
Life is enhanced by giving, sharing and opening the heart space. As a title holder, true reward is in the lives that you have touched.
International Director: Rashmi Bedi and Janak Bedi
National Director: Rashmi Bedi and Janak Bedi
Your Local Director: Maneesha Pandey and Nutan Dixit
Pageant website: https://missbharatohio.org https://www.missbharatusa.com/ World Class Beauty Queens Magazine would like to say thank you for this amazing interview.
Manali Anand Mrs. Bharat Ohio First Runner Up 2019-2020, Photographer : Eliteplus Photography, Creative Director : Nehal Patwa HMUA : Anupama Singh Stylist : Manali Anand Interview by Derek Tokarzewski Owner/Editor in Chief Mr United Nations 2018 Platform: Women Empowerment Ambassador to International Foundation for Orphans iffocares.org
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