Shipra Sharma Mrs India International Queen 2021 1st Runner up
World Class Beauty Queens Magazine would like to welcome amazing Queen Shipra Sharma Mrs India International Queen 2021 1st Runner up.
Full name: Shipra Sharma
Title/Year: Mrs India International Queen 2021 1st Runner up
Pageant System: www.mrsindiainternationalqueen.com
Age: 38 years
Education Level: MBA
Zodiac sign: Cancer
Hobbies: Travelling, working out, watching movies, listening to music and reading
Platform: Mrs India International Queen 2021
Years competed: First year
Countries visited: Spain, France, Germany, Italy, Slovakia, Prague, Iceland, Poland, Dubai, Muscat, Singapore, Malaysia, United States, Switzerland and Belgium
Likes: Empathy and Authenticity
Dislikes: Manipulation and Lies
World Class Beauty Queens: Please tell us about yourself.
“The biggest adventure you can take is to live the life of your dreams.”
Having believed in this thought I’ve been busy juggling with technology all my life and I now manage projects that make things happen. I work as a program manager in United Kingdom. Fitness has always been an integral part of my life and I feel fortunate to enjoy my healthy self and continue pursuing my fitness goals. I’m a fitness freak and enjoy doing bootcamp sessions and participating in charity runs to raise money for the charities I support.
“Don’t stop until your proud” has been my mantra and perseverance is what keeps me going.
I am living with my loving husband since 11 years and have got a lovely toddler boy who keeps me on my toes. I consider my mother and my husband as my strong pillars of support that have helped me to achieve my aspirations in life.
World Class Beauty Queens: Please tell us about your education.
I did my Masters in Business Administration from Durham Business School in United Kingdom.
World Class Beauty Queens: What does women Empowerment means to you?
To believe in myself is the first step towards empowering my abilities, bringing my dreams to life, and giving my 100 percent towards achieving it.
In general, women need to start believing in themselves to an extent they are ready to break the glass ceiling of whatever they have heard, seen, or experienced in their lives.
Empowerment might mean different to each one of us. The power to make that choice and take responsibility for it no matter what comes your way is being empowered in my opinion.
Not to forget, being a woman and supporting women is equally important be it in your family household, workplace, friends or anywhere for empowerment to shine in its true sense.
World Class Beauty Queens: Tell us about your pageant history.
Participating in Mrs India International Queen in 2021 was my first tryst with the world of beauty and elegance. This platform gave me an opportunity to unlearn and learn all that I have known or not known in my life so far. Competing against scores of talented and strong women I feel blessed to have won the first runner’s up title of Mrs India International Queen 2021.
World Class Beauty Queens: What inspired you to do your first pageant?
To fulfil my childhood fantasy and dream. As a little girl I remember pretending to be one of the pageant contestants on the stage, answering the questions put across by the judges and pretending I won the pageant and how I would walk on the stage, thanking everyone who supported me and taking the crown home.
Besides that, I’ve always dreamt to be on such a platform which I believe would help me immensely in my overall development be it personality, confidence, communication and much more.
Being a part of this pageant would give me an opportunity to promote the Indian culture I’ve grown up with and which I’m very proud of. It would also give me a platform to give back to the society.
This was also a step outside my comfort zone as I was trying something completely new that gave me a chance to test my limits be it ramp walk on the stage, presenting myself in front of a large audience or showcasing my talent in the best possible way.
World Class Beauty Queens: Why did you choose to compete for your current title?
As a little girl I remember being in awe of the beauty queens sashaying on the stage with elegance and confidence. I used to stand in front of the mirror pretending I was one of them, thoughtfully answering the questions put to me by the judges and finally winning the crown, that smile, those tears everything I so much wanted in reality too. But never did it cross my mind to bring this to life until I came across the advert to apply for this pageant and I thought to myself that this experience is going to be special. It threw me completely out of my comfort zone, and I got an amazing platform to learn all that I never imagined I would ever be able to do and, in the process, got an opportunity to develop my overall personality.
The entire journey right from the day I got selected as one of the finalists to winning the title was a remarkable journey which I’m glad I took and would remember for a lifetime.
And most importantly I wanted to be a part of the platform that will give me a chance to give back to the society.
World Class Beauty Queens: To those unfamiliar with your pageant system please tell us what is it about?
Mrs India International Queen lives by its motto ‘Be Strong, Be Confident, Be you’.
It gives a platform to international and Indian married women to showcase their talent, live their dreams and inspire others.
They believe that every woman is unique and beautiful in her own way. And the pageant has no limitations for an aspiring and deserving candidate.
They encourage Women Empowerment and promote cultural heritage encouraging the participants to use their talent to raise awareness in the aid of humanity to make real differences to the society.
World Class Beauty Queens: What are you being judged on during the competition?
Participants are judged on various aspects including their overall personality, how they speak, how they behave, their ramp walk, how they carry themselves with a smile on their face no matter how hard the day gets.
Its not just about how beautiful you are but there are other facets including the choice of your costumes, your confidence and thoughts while answering the questions, the poise with which you conduct yourself throughout the duration of the pageant training and the finale. And also how punctual you were in terms of turning up for the hair and make up every morning and the other activities and workshops that were scheduled through the day as that was a sign of your commitment to the pageant.
Every day is crucial as there are different rounds spread across the 3 days which includes introduction round, Q & A, talent round and, the choreographers and judges observe how well you have picked up the catwalk training.
It is always so important to maintain a positive mindset and a sharp focus on the goal as that builds up your impression on the judges.
World Class Beauty Queens: Tell us about your experience during the competition.
I had a great learning experience during the pageant. It was held across 4 days with the last day for the press conference. Each day we were being trained to catwalk with different choreography sequences depending whether it was white wear, traditional wear or evening gown. Coming from a completely non-glamorous background catwalk was something I learnt during the pageant and I have even more respect for people belonging to the fashion industry now as what we see on TV or fashion shows requires an unimaginable amount of hard work in the background.
The exposure I got as a participant was incredible as I got to meet so many lovely and talented ladies as my co-contestants. The director of the show Mrs. Ankita Saroha and her team were so supportive and brilliant throughout my journey.
I would say I got a lifetime opportunity to live like a model getting my make up and hair done first thing in the morning followed by wearing different costumes and ramp walking. The finale was one of its kind where the stage and the glamour was mesmerizing and so was the press conference which made me feel like a complete celebrity answering the questions put forward by the journalists.
All in all, I loved and lived every moment of it.
World Class Beauty Queens: Tell us about your platform or what cause do you volunteer for.
I actively contribute towards the WWF (World Wildlife Fund) and the Guide dogs association by donating every month.
In addition to that I’ve recently participated in 10k runs to raise money for breast cancer research and supporting Alzheimer’s’ society providing advice whether you, a loved one, a friend or neighbor is affected by dementia.
World Class Beauty Queens: What appearances have you done with your title?
I’ve been featured in the Lifestyle magazine, the Indian women’s history museum website and have been honoured with the ‘Navya Naari Samman award. I feel blessed to be a part of all these platforms. Besides that, I plan to participate in the Divine activities being conducted by the Mrs India International Queen 2021 team in due course of time supporting various NGO’s.
World Class Beauty Queens: What are some of your achievements?
My most recent achievement is being awarded the first runner’s up and Mrs Stunning sub-title at the prestigious Mrs India International Queen 2021 pageant.
Besides that, it is the weight loss journey I have been on after my son was born. I have lost 18 kgs since then and learnt a lot about adopting a healthy lifestyle in the process. Thinking about from where I started, I feel motivated to continue the journey.
And the first time I ran my 10k supporting a charity which is Breast Cancer research, I used to do that every year but after my son was born and the lockdown era began I had to pause. So having done that after a long time was a fulfilling experience for me.
World Class Beauty Queens: What makes you stand out from all those other beautiful girls?
All the pageant participants were gorgeous and talented, and I believe everyone had put their best foot forward. But in my view it’s so important to come to the pageant with a winning attitude. Thinking like a winner and doing all that it takes to get there is what puts a winner one step ahead of others and that was the mindset I had come with.
World Class Beauty Queens: Tell us about the moment your name was called out as the winner.
I was on cloud nine when I heard my name being called out. It was a moment where all the blood, sweat and tears had led to fruition.
I was feeling a sense of gratitude towards my family, my mentors, the whole pageant team for giving me this opportunity to participate, to develop my overall personality and prove my mettle.
World Class Beauty Queens: What does it mean to you to be a Beauty Queen?
Being a beauty queen comes with a plethora of responsibilities. It means much more than just winning the pageant. Being an ambassador for me means the ability to motivate other women to believe in themselves, follow their dreams with the thought that no matter what stage of your life you are at you can still steer it around in the direction you want to go provided its you who is in the driver seat making decisions for yourself.
Giving back to the society has always been my objective and I’m sure this platform will help me engage and volunteer even more.
World Class Beauty Queens: How did competing in pageants helped your life?
This pageant has been a transformational experience for me both physically and mentally.
I believe anything that pushes you out of your comfort zone is worth doing as that is where the real growth begins.
It has helped me realize that if you set your eyes at something sky is the limit provided you are ready to put in a lot of effort and are perseverant throughout the journey.
It has made me mentally strong and resilient which I’m sure is going to help me grow throughout my life.
World Class Beauty Queens: How did pageants helped your self-esteem and body image?
The whole experience of preparing for the pageant immensely helped me in going beyond my limits and doing everything that I had never imagined doing. So be it preparing for a solo dance for the first time in my life, losing weight and toning my body, learning to walk and then cat walk in high heels, practicing to speak confidently in front of the mirror and my husband, so I have all the confidence in front of the judges are just few to name.
The amalgamation of all this transformed the way I think and the way I look so I’m grateful I got this opportunity of a lifetime to be able to experience this.
World Class Beauty Queens: You are an inspiration to all the girls out there. How does it feel?
As a beauty queen I feel I should be a positive role model for all the girls out there so they believe in themselves and the fact that they can do anything they put their heart to. Age is just a number and this pageant has proved it by giving an amazing platform to all married women regardless of their age, weight etc to showcase their talent and shine like a star.
World Class Beauty Queens: What is your on-stage strategy to win the judges over?
I never went there with a strategy but it’s all about building that confidence and having a good control over your train of thoughts while answering the questions.
A confident posture, clear communication, good thought process and a happy smile is what I think helped me create an impression on the judges.
World Class Beauty Queens: How did you prepare for your competition?
The day I got to know I’m one of the finalists, few months after that I started working on myself. This included improving my fitness levels which meant losing weight and increasing my strength and stamina. I managed to lose around 18 kgs in total by making sure I’ve got a good control over my diet and my fitness regime.
For the talent round I decided to prepare a solo dance primarily because I had never experienced dancing solo on the stage and have not been overtly confident when it comes to dancing. My preparation also included practicing answering the questions in front of the mirror and cat walking with high heels as I was not used to it. And that also helped me to see how it would look including studying my expressions while I was speaking.
World Class Beauty Queens: What are your tips for learning better pageant walk?
Its important to start practicing walking with high heels if you are not used to it like I was not. And I found the videos published on the pageant site quite helpful in giving you tips to practice your walk, your pose etc.
And as we all know practice makes one perfect so a lot of that needs to go in as well as the ability to remember the choreography taught by the choreographers. I used to create sketches on a piece of paper depicting who stands where in my choreography group sequence, so it was easy for me to remember and it gave me the confidence to focus on my walk.
World Class Beauty Queens: What are your tips for choosing right pageant dress?
An outfit should look elegant on you personally is what I think is of utmost importance. There is no point in choosing a beautiful outfit and not feeling confident in wearing it as that ultimately shows in some or the other way.
World Class Beauty Queens: What are your tips for winning interview?
To be confident while answering the questions and not forgetting to smile. The answers should be what you think and truly believe in, only then the authenticity will reflect in what you say.
World Class Beauty Queens: What is one mistake that you've done during competing you wish you could redo and fix it?
I’ve embraced a lot of wonderful things during the pageant that will stay with me forever. I would like to live with that positive mindset and rather consider its various aspects as positive lessons learnt.
World Class Beauty Queens: What other mistakes are made by girls during the contest?
I won’t call them mistakes, but lessons learnt. In my opinion as a participant it’s so important to have a winner mindset and be prepared to go beyond your limits and give your 101% to what comes your way during the pageant rounds.
One shouldn’t be overconfident but confident enough about presenting one’s abilities and not undermine oneself at any point. As you are being judged over the course of 3-4 days it’s so important for every participant to be the best version of themselves at all times.
World Class Beauty Queens: Any modelling or acting experience?
This was my first ever remarkable pageant experience till date. But this has opened me up to embrace any similar experiences that come my way in the future.
World Class Beauty Queens: What are your plans for 2022 as a Queen?
As a queen and ambassador of the prestigious Mrs India International Queen pageant I would like to give back to the society. I currently contribute towards WWF (world wildlife fund) and guide dogs association that train dogs to provide support to blind people. I’ve participated in 10k runs to raise money for breast cancer research and Alzheimer’s society that works to provide support to people suffering from dementia and their loved ones.
As a queen, I would like to be an ambassador in supporting social causes such as raising awareness and importance of girl education as I feel educating every girl means raising future independent and empowered women.
World Class Beauty Queens: What kind of legacy do you want to leave behind?
I would like to be remembered as someone who refused to give up and stayed persistent in this such an incredible journey called life. As I truly believe in the fact that “If you get tired, learn to rest, not quit”. International Director: Mrs. Ankita Saroha National Director: Mrs. Ankita Saroha Pageant website: www.mrsindiainternationalqueen.com
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