Please tell us briefly about yourself: your childhood, upbringing, schooling and the place where you belong
Born & brought up in south Delhi, I’m an alumnus of Ramjas School RK Puram Delhi & Gargi College (University of Delhi). Thereafter I pursued my MBA in marketing from IBS Gurgaon and have 11 years of corporate experience now. As a person I am vivacious, creative & fun loving.
Other than your mother, who do you think is the most beautiful woman in the world?
I believe every woman who has a pure & loving heart is beautiful. For me beauty is not skin deep, instead it is defined by the way one person treats the other person without any intensions of getting a benefit out of that relationship or putting anyone else down. If you are cunning, negative & a liar you can never be a beautiful person.
How did Mrs India World Wide 2018 happen to you? Did you always wish to participate in beauty pageants?
I have always been a stage performer. As a child I fancied about being Miss India and use to practice ramp walk by watching TV, however I could not make it happen. But this dream was alive within me hence I chased Mrs India pageant for almost 4 years before participating & finally landed there. Dreams & determination has no age & restrictions so give your best to make them a reality.
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How supportive were your parents, especially your in-laws regarding your decision to participate in a beauty pageant?
They all were very supportive, especially my husband. Close to 50 people from my family (both side) came to cheer for me at the finale at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium.
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Do you think marriage as an institution gives more impetus to women to chase her dreams or it bogs her down with more responsibilities? Please share with us your experience
Honestly, marriage comes with lot responsibilities. Especially in India since society influence is very high on families, it bogs women down with responsibilities giving their dreams a major setback. That’s why we see not many women are able to take up a career post marriage even if they want to. It’s disheartening to see that career oriented women face heat not only from some men but from women of today’s generation as well.
Although our society is changing with time yet I feel there is a long way to go. In my case I have always been very independent in my decisions. Even my husband believes that everyone should live their own life. I did face a lot of challenges/ eyebrow raising in pursuing this dream, but I chose to ignore all the negativity & negative people around me and focused only on my dream.
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Do you think married women are now more empowered than before? If so, how and why?
Definitely yes! I think we are more self-empowered than before which makes a lot of difference. The confidence levels are high & this reflects the kind of upbringing which our girls are getting now. With globalization our country has not only got exposure to new possibilities but also new thought process which is a big boost. Men & women have started to take equal responsibility financially as well to run the house which is a major shift.
Government & many NGOs are working to lift women’s status across the globe. With time people are realising that every human being has a right to grow & shape their life. Every citizen is an asset to the nation be it man or a woman.
Tell us about your preparation process before entering in the pageant. How did you balance your professional and personal life?
Believe it or not sub consciously the preparation started when I was in school as I used to practice ramp walk. My first priority was to get back in shape as I had put on 19kg during my pregnancy. Zumba, gym, yoga, running, walk, dance, I did everything it took & managed to shed off 22kgs within a year with just healthy diet (no dieting) & work out.
My day used to start at 5 AM with heavy workout. Then rushing to work after sending my son to school. Evening again workout and spending time with my son & taking care of the house. I had never done or bought makeup before until I registered for this pageant. I learnt techniques to do a good makeup by visiting MAC studio and was elated when I was appreciated by many people at the pageant for my makeup skills.
Indeed it was the busiest time of my life but I enjoyed every bit of it as it was my dream. To ensure work-life balance I prioritised my tasks on daily basis, delegated those which I could and ensured to unwind myself by taking a break once a week with my besties. After a long time I guess I learnt to invest time in myself and discovered how important it is for everyone to do so.
What does fashion mean to you?
Comfort, style & class! It’s just a reflection of who you are.
In your opinion which is the one dress that can never go out of fashion?
A black one piece shall never be out of fashion. It’s a must have in every girl’s wardrobe.
What beauty/fitness regime would you suggest for our readers?
• Start your day (before brushing) with 2-3 mugs of warm water, replace your bed tea & coffee with warm water. Drink 8-12 glasses of water in a day
• Stay happy, positive & take good 7-8 hours of sleep
• What you eat reflects on your skin so be aware of what you are eating, include more fruits, curd & vegetables in your meal
• Invest in a good face wash that suits your skin type, a good sunscreen, day & night cream.
• Wash your face before you sleep no matter how tired you are
• Workout at least 5 days a week, if not gym it could be playing a sport, running or walking
• Try to finish your dinner by 7pm max
• Avoid deep fried food, chips, cold drinks, canned juices etc. as they are just unhealthy carbs & does not give any nutrition to your body
• Have a hobby it will keep you active.
Which is your favorite place to travel?
London & Zurich
Which is your all-time favorite movie and why?
Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge (I’m a very romantic person), Iron Man series (I like super hero based & action movies)
Which one do you prefer, Heels or Sneakers?
Who is your favorite fashion designer?
Describe your sense of style in 3 words.
Elegant, vibrant & eternal
What is that favorite accessory that you cannot leave the house without?
Smile, wrist watch & positive attitude
Apart from fashion, what other things do you have great interest in?
Dance, fitness, playing with my son, traveling, partying, shopping, home décor
Where can we follow you?
You can follow me on facebook & instagram
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Khushboo Gupta, thank you so much for this lovely interview.