When you think of a beauty pageant, what’s the first thing comes to mind? I would expect the answer to this question would be different from person to person but, with my linear knowledge of such contests, I would like to think that beauty would not only be about physical appearance. In today’s age, the definition of beauty is hard to pin down because conventions have changed and a rule to what’s “acceptable” as beautiful has evolved with it. In taking these thoughts forward, I’m delighted to have caught up with a dear friend of mine who is about to embark on the journey of a pageant – namely Miss India Worldwide UK – which is all set to take place this weekend. Poonam Goyal, a part qualified accountant, is a finalist in the pageant and I had the chance to ask her how she feels. Read on to discover more about this beauty who, I’m sure, will inspire you all…
Tell me a little about the Poonam minus the forthcoming beauty pageant?
What can I say about myself? I would say that I’m a caring and loving person who always puts others first to help them out in need. I’m very driven and ambitious and I know what I want in life. I always follow my heart and everything around me fits in place.
How did MIWWUK come about?
It’s a funny story actually… I was talking to my friend and she said that I should join Miss India UK. She encouraged me to do this because it would open up opportunities into acting and modelling, both of which i’ve always been passionate about. These are the things that inspired me to get involved. People may think that I joined up to gain popularity and fame, but this is not the case at all. I want to help the younger generation and, at the same time, become an excellent role model to all the young girls in the UK. This pageant also involves charity work and gave me the opportunity to raise money for a charity I hold close to heart, UNICEF. I want to help the starving kids in the world.
Would you describe the competition as tough?
Yes, it is tough, but there is also a lot of hard work that goes into it. You’ve got to eat right and exercise as well as fitting in the dance routines and talent performances which are a part of the pageant. However, I know that it’ll all be worth it in the long run because If you want to achieve anything in life you will have to go through the obstacles and challenges. At least I know that these preparations will help me broaden my horizons.
What makes you most nervous about the contest and why?
I feel a little uneasy about the pressure on my shoulders of all the younger generation following my way of life. Having said that, I have learnt to turn this nervous energy into positive energy which has helped me while preparing for the event.
How do you handle the unwanted male attention which I’m sure you’ve always received?
I have concentrated on why I am doing this event and have ignored everything around me so that I can achieve my aim to win Miss India UK.
Beauty comes in all shapes and sizes. What are the things you would say make your life beautiful?
Undoubtedly, having my friends and family around me supporting me is what makes my life beautiful. It works both ways because by seeing them happy, things around me become beautiful.
What beauty regimes or habits do you swear by?
Firstly, I make sure I eat healthily. I also avoid late nights when I can because going to bed early always leaves me feeling fresh. I also exercise regularly and make sure I’m eating more protein-foods and less carbs. I find all of this helps me stay positive and then I can share love with those around me.
They say beauty is in the eye of the beholder… what is the secret to your beauty?
The secret to my beauty is not my good looks but more what I am from inside. I truly believe if you’re beautiful from the inside, then the outside will shine. Beauty is not created with makeup and money, it’s created from love and helping people. By being beautiful inside, you feel and become beautiful from the outside.
Wow, what a perfect and poignant thought to end with. I thank Poonam for taking the time to reveal a little about herself and share a bit about her experience as a finalist in Miss India Worldwide UK. I am sure you will join me in wishing Poonam all the best for the contest; I am confident that her inner beauty will most definitely come through and impress the right people.
If you would like more information about the event, please visit: http://www.missindiaworldwideuk.co.uk/
Follow Poonam on Twitter: www.twitter.com/PoonamG