Gorgeous, honest and extremely talented are the few words that describe Lipika Das, Mrs India Body Fit, 2017. This stunning beauty queen from Vadodara not only won the desirable title but conquered hearts as well. Her honesty and positivity is pretty impressive. In a candid conversation with us, Lipika talks about her journey, her preparation for the Mrs India and lots more.
Hello Lipika thank you for taking the time to Interview with us. Please tell us about yourself.
My name is Lipika Das from Vadodara. I am 29 years old and married since 9 months. I am Industrial Psychologist by education and Assistant Manager HR by profession. I grew up in Bhopal, the capital of Madhya Pradesh or as they say “the heart of India”. All through school and college life I was an all-rounder. Be it studies, dance, art, elocution or sports I gave my best to everything. That definitely gives me a lot exposure and confidence to showcase my skills and talents. All through my family and friends were always supportive and on the way I met my husband, who encouraged me the most to work on my dream.
Tell us about your pageant history.
Beauty does not need validation but while growing up watching those pretty women in princess-like gowns walking gracefully and sharing their beauty with the world, made me wonder if someday I could be there too. And this year I did it and wore a beautiful tiara when I was crowned Mrs. India Body Fit. Was it scary? Yes. Was it worth it? Totally. I applied after a week of the wedding. Told by parents and in laws about that and they were extremely happy about this. Thereafter, the journey started with the tasks given by the MIQS team, which I enjoyed doing and which made me more confident at every step.
To those unfamiliar with your pageant system please tells us what is it about?
Mrs India Pageant is providing Married Women a Platform where they get an Opportunity to Make a Difference to the World. The mission of the Pageant is to nurture and support Contestants along their path to Personal and Professional Growth and contribute to public at large. It will be conducted in two separate categories Mrs India Queen 2017 (Age 21 to 39), and the other will be Classic Category (Age 40 to 56) the winners and other suitable candidates will represent India on various International Platforms. Mrs India Queen aims to create and empower role models who will serve as ambassadors to Charity, enrich the perceptions to beauty, and enhance a new strength, energy and spirit for the advancement of women while positively impacting their communities.
Several rounds are there in this pageant which includes Talent Round, traditional Round, Pool Round, Interview Round, Business suit round, Fitness Round. The finale score of a contestant depends upon the scores of these rounds and also your punctuality, discipline and behaviour during the contest.
How was the experience during the competition?
Experience was more of learning about how to carry yourself, what should be the aim to be a part of such pageants and how to take the responsibility for taking up the reign further.
What were you judged on during the competition?
The judgement were on the grounds of your Talent, the way you dress, the confidence level, how photogenic you are, your IQ and general intelligence, awareness about the society, punctuality, discipline, the way you carry yourself, the way you behave with the co contestants.
Which part of the competition was your favorite?
That was obviously the finale round. To walk the ramp gracefully and to get crowned was the best part.
What made you decide to compete for your title?
Actually the title I got was decided by the jury member. They found me the best for the title crowned to me.
What has been your biggest challenge in achieving your success?
The challenge is of course your co participants as all the lovely ladies have put their soul into the pageant. There were so many creative ideas I have seen, which were totally unbeatable and it was an awesome learning.
What has been your greatest achievement personally?
This pageant made me more confident for life. So far I have seen that white is the colour of the beauty, but through me the definition took a turn toward brown and black as well. I have inspired many such ladies who are going to take a part this year in several pageants.
How does education plays a role in your life?
That’s the base for everything. It gives you a broad idea about what is going on around you. What to learn and what to unlearn is upon us. For me, one should be open to every form of learning and grab the positive from everything. Education is to expand the knowledge and not to narrow it down to some theory.
Evening gown is a big part of competition. Who did you choose and what is your thinking process for selecting the gown?
Truly speaking, I went to many boutiques to select one, as this was my first time and I had no knowledge of whom to contact and how to get a sponsor. Still, I managed to get a formal gown as I prefer formal wear when it comes to being judged by someone.
What was your onstage strategy to win the judges over?
I try to be real, to be me and that’s all about my strategy.
If you weren’t doing what you do now, what would you be doing?
I would have died then!
Who has been your biggest inspiration?
My parents and Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam.
If you were God for a day, what changes would you make to the world?
I will totally remove the differences done between male and female and that they should be on the same ground.
Was this your actual aim in life? Do you feel you’ve accomplished it?
Yes it is and if I say I have accomplished it, then my leaning will stop there itself. So, rather I would say that I achieved a milestone in my life and there is a long way to go before I sleep.
Do you think you’re journey till here can be inspirational to others?
Yes it is. And I am way happy to see that people look up to me for the same.
Which celebrities you believe are the most influential?
On what do you spend the most: clothes, accessories, perfumes, or anything else?
I spent on everything equally. I am a shopaholic.
What does fashion mean to you?
It is something which you carry elegantly and which reflects what kind of a person you are is fashion to me.
What beauty/fitness regime would you suggest for our readers?
The best exercise to is to laugh and make others laugh too. Be happy of what you have, help people always and spread love and happiness. This technique is absolutely free with no side effects. Other than this, eat on intervals and eat healthy foods, exercise at least for an hour daily, drink water as much as you can, take a sleep of full eight hours and most importantly spend time your family. It will reduce your stress level and you will be healthier the more you grow.
What message would you like to give to your fans reading this interview?
This competition gives not only an exposure to the world to a woman but also helps her to understand that even after marriage her dreams and goals are equally important for her to follow along with the family and the responsibilities. It provides you with a self-confidence and self-esteem which further portray that beauty is not about the outer beauty i.e. the way you look or the way you groom or get dressed, its more about the hidden potentialities in you which is your really beauty and which makes you to stand different and unique from the crowd. I should say every woman should give herself a chance to achieve her desires and dream, so that the regret of not doing something fruitful in life won’t bother you in the long run. Also, we get this life only once, so we should utilize it as much as we can and that too for the betterment of others around us, for our country and for our own self as well.