Hi Ruchi, could you start by telling us a bit about yourself?
Well, I never thought that I would ever get a chance to tell my story to the world but now as a 1st runner up of Mrs. India Asia pacific 2019, I feel proud to share a glimpse of my journey till now.
I was born in a middle-class family in Bihar where women in the family are expected to be quite and agreeing to everything kind of individuals. I reclaimed my dream when I was in school. I feel we all have that quality to imagine limitlessly, the ability to look beyond what is and see what tomorrow will be like.
I was lucky that my parents supported me & they knew I had the potential and capabilities to fulfil my dreams. I completed my schooling and came out of my hometown to another state (Punjab) for my technical education(B.tech in IT). After completing 4 years, I moved in Delhi for my carrier in IT. It’s been almost 6 years I am working as an IT professional. I am thankful to my parents for making me strong and ambitious. I feel I was lucky enough that I got an opportunity for proper education which is now a basic need of the society and that’s why I joined an NGO who is working for betterment of needy children.
I love Dancing and acting and exploring new places.
In 28 years of learning and growing in this beautiful world I have learned that do whatever makes you happy because ultimately, it’s your life:) Love yourself
All that we are is the result of what we have thought – Gautama Buddha
Other than your mother, who do you think is the most beautiful woman in the world?
Well I think all women are beautiful in her own way. But as you asked about the most beautiful woman, it would be my grandmother. At her age of 80’s she is one of the perfect examples of how a happy soul keep their surrounding happy and positive. She is having such an aura that it’s impossible to feel her energy. She continues to inspire me and I feel there is still a lot more to learn from her. She is simply beautiful on her own way.
Some people think beauty pageants are shallow parades of beauty. What do you have to say to them?
Beauty pageants are demeaning for those people who thinks that winning or participating in a beauty pageant is the only criteria to measure beauty. Its more than physical beauty. Beauty contests have an impact on women empowerment because they give a platform for the girls to be heard on different levels, and most importantly, it places them in leadership and mentorship roles. It gives us a platform to voice our choices and opinions.
Where did that first thought about entering the pageant come from?
I always wanted to be a part of beauty pageant. If I have to go down the memory lane to find the first thought about it, the answer would be forever. I still remember when I dressed up for the first time for a dance competition. That was when I knew that a platform like this existed, and it fascinated me. I used to watch pageants. I’ve followed most of the previous Miss India pageants. and Mrs. as well. It was something that I personally wanted to do and I went forward with it.
Was there anything you watched or read throughout the entire journey to keep you company and to motivate you?
Be a self-motivator that’s one thing I followed throughout this journey. I feel that don’t just keep reading and watching success story that’ll lead nowhere. Do something with what you know and have learned. The human brain is addicted to knowledge, it’ll just keep taking in more and more. I have read enough of them and found one thing in common in all of those lives. Setbacks never held them back. They rose from them and eventually reached where they are.
What incident in your life made you realize about your passion in pageantry? Who assured you that beauty pageants are totally your cup of tea?
I was working for my company in a monotonous schedule. I used to have this feeling that I am not made for this desk job. My husband and friends also wanted me to try my luck in this. l always dreamt about being a part of beauty pageants. One day I decided to go for it and the moment I opened the website, my heart said this is what you are made for. My inner gut feeling, confidence and belief that ‘I can’ assured me it’s my cup of tea. I got an opportunity to represent my state in 2 international pageants.
I am really proud that I made this decision and won 4 titles –
Miss and Mrs. India Asia pacific 2019 (1st runner up) was held 5th December in Bali
Mrs. Face of the year 2019 (MMIAP)
Mrs. Best Catwalk (MMIAP)
& Also won the subtitle Mrs. Personifying diva 2019 Haut Monde Mrs India worldwide.
What does fashion mean to you?
To me, fashion is one of the purest expressions of art which we lived on daily basis. A best way to signify who we are and what we believe in. fashion is a collection of pieces that you put together in an outfit that just makes you feel good and confident. I am totally a fashionista 🙂
In your opinion which is the one dress that can never go out of fashion?
Sarees will never go out of fashion as it keeps our tradition alive. It can make you look graceful, elegant, sexy and trendy, all at the same time.
What beauty/fitness regime would you suggest for our readers?
In today’s busy & stressful life, being fit & healthy is truly considered a blessing. The right attitude and a few tricks can keep your fitness routine on track. Even when you have the best intentions to work out, excuses are so easy to find.
I believe in having a healthy body rather than just being slim. I practice yoga and exercise on daily basis. I drink plenty of water to keep myself hydrated and love coconut water<3
A good night’s sleep is incredibly important for your glowing skin, healthy body and mind!
Where is your favorite place to travel?
Maldives ” My Dream Land” will always be my first choice. Prefect place to unwind and live free 🙂
What is your all-time favorite movie and why?
I am a true movie buff. One movie that has a profound impact in my life (Marry KOM).
“Mary Kom” a biopic of real-life boxing champion MC Mary Kom, in which actress Priyanka Chopra portrayed the sports icon. This movie celebrates the never-say-die spirit of the Six-time World Amateur Boxing Champion. Her life is an inspiration not only for me but for every Indian. Being a mother and a sportswoman, she equally managed her family with sports. In and out of the arena Mary never stops fighting. “Mary Kom” is a motivational masterpiece. she had the will to fight against all odds and an attitude to never give up. she worked out extra hours, buried her pain, bounced back in form and went on to clinch more medals for herself and the country.
Who is your favorite fashion designer?
Tarun Tahiliani & Manish Malhotra.
Describe your sense of style in 3 words.
Classic, comfy & cute 🙂 Also depends on the inner diva
What is that favorite accessory that you cannot leave the house without?
My fossil (Watch).
Apart from fashion, what other things do you have great interest in?
Apart from fashion, I am passionate about acting and dancing.
Where can we follow you?
You can know more about me and my work by following me on Instagram: ruchi_jb12
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Ruchi, thank you so much for this lovely interview.
Thank you singonline for taking my interview:)