Nishi Bhardwaj hailing from New Delhi participated in the annual Glamanand Supermodel India pageant and won the rights to represent India at the international beauty pageant – Miss Earth 2018. In the month of October 2018, she travelled to the Philippines as India’s representative to the annual Miss Earth beauty pageant, culminated on November 3, 2018 at Mall of Asia Arena in Manila, Philippines. In this exclusive interview, she talks about her life and her journey as a beauty pageant titleholder.
Q. How does it feel being called as a Miss India? How long did it take you to achieve the title after you started preparing for the pageant?
Nishi: The feeling of being called Miss India for me is surreal. Every Indian girl once in her lifetime dreams about it and I am one of the very few who got this opportunity. I am really grateful to represent my country at an international platform. Talking about the time, I think nobody is fully prepared for anything, you just need to follow your instincts and go for it. I took training before entering into the pageant and it took me more than a year to actually win the rights to represent my nation an international pageant.
Q. What factors do you think helps one at a beauty pageant – be regional, national or international?
Nishi: According to me, first and foremost thing has to be how passionate are you to win the crown, you should have that fire in your belly that draws you towards it. You have to be dedicated throughout the pageant. Another factor I would say is a great personality as how much groomed you are as a whole. You should strive yourself to get better in your walk as well as talk. Last but not the least, is a good heart. A good heart always. One should stay humble and generous to everyone around.
Q. As a beauty pageant titleholder, what do you feel about the impact of pageants in the personal life of a contestant.
Nishi: I have been a pageant enthusiast for quite a few years now and being a candidate and then India’s representative myself I would definitely say that these years have impacted my personal and professional life only in positive ways. Talking about personal, pageants taught me that if you have your family besides you, one can achieve anything in the universe. It also helped me in gaining my father’s faith in me regarding my career and there is no looking back. I am grateful that I could change his mindset. Being in a pageant made me the person who I am today- empowered, confident and strong.
Q. How is being a pageant candidate / winner / delegate different from being a model?
Nishi: Me being a pageant participant – both at national and international level and a professional model, I find them completely different from each other. Pageant is about screening different personalities and bring out their strengths. It is the process of evolution, in which everyone learns something from each other and come out as better individuals. On the other hand modelling is not about any individual, it’s more about fashion or latest trends. In a pageant, you are your own brand whereas in modelling one has to showcase products of other brands by being a medium. I don’t think that pageant winners / participants have higher recognition than the models, because it’s about how you go further with your life. There are so many models who are much more famous than any pageant winner.
Q. What are your future plans and how do you think you’ll be using your pageantry experience in future?
Nishi: My future plan is to be part of the entertainment industry and to become an actor. Also continue doing my bit for the betterment of the society in whichever way I can. I will be using my dedication and attitude of never giving up to achieve my future goals.
Q. If you’ve to name one beauty queen who inspires you the most, who would it be and why?
Nishi: It’s hard to choose one when we have so many inspirational queens. I would name my two most favorite – Sushmita Sen and Priyanka Chopra.Both for different reasons. Sushmita Sen is someone whom I look upto as she is really humble. She is a person who inspired me to be good and see good in every person. You have to be peaceful inside to see peace in the world around you. Priyanka Chopra showed that there are no barriers in life that a woman can’t break if she is stubborn enough to achieve her dreams. She is a great example of a successful, independent and strong woman who made her own path and then walked on it.
Q. Do you think it is difficult to be a national representative to an international beauty pageant? What are the hurdles that you faced in pageants?
Nishi: When one win the right to represent his / her nation at an international pageant then he/she is no longer an individual. With the title, comes the responsibility to represent your nation as whole at an international platform and it was an honour for me. I was called India and with that the hopes of everyone were on my shoulders. It was not easy but I gave it my all. Being an introvert whole my life, it was a challenge for me to be there on stage but that was the fun part. I came out on stage leaving behind all my fears and conquered.