My name is Sonam Srivastav. Originally I am from New Delhi, India and moved to Scotland (United Kingdom) 6 years back. By Profession, I am a Finance Manager working in a bank in the UK.
I was crowned for three prestigious titles – Mrs India UK runner up, Mrs Talented and Mrs Rising Star in a popular beauty pageant Mrs India UK 2019 whose grand finale was held in April at Hilton, London.
I wanted to check if you would telecast my story/ experience in your renowned news channel to mention about my Mrs India UK journey and also encourage more Indian women to participate in beauty pageants by sharing my positive experience with the viewers.
I am the first Indian woman to have won in Scotland in my age category (Age 21-35) in a world known beauty pageant. It would be my privilege if I could set an example for many other married Indian women who ever dreamt of wearing a crown but don’t really have much guidance. I have learned and gained a lot through this pageant, which helped me to rediscover my strengths and to overcome my weaknesses.
I was one of the winners amongst the total of 30 finalists after being shortlisted from many applicants who applied for auditions all over the UK.
Mrs India UK journey involved regular visits to London on each weekend for 3 months for quite an intense grooming sessions to improve various skills including makeup, fashion, skin care, health and nutrition, catwalk, photoshoot poses, voice modulation, stage presence, leadership skills, etc.
There were various tasks and competitions on which all contestants were scored and judged including fitness round, talent round, national costume round, photoshoot, pre-finale one to one interviews with a panel of judges, finale Q&A in-front of a live audience.
I am actively supporting various social causes including Domestic Violence, Child education (fundraising for Child Help Foundation, supporting underprivileged children in India), Allergy awareness, running Save Environment campaigns.
I was always very studious and career oriented. I did my schooling from The Adarsh School and my graduation in Statistics Hons. from Shri Venkateshwara college, The Delhi University.
I never thought of participating in a beauty pageant and had no experience of beauty or modeling industry.
Many people have a very different perception of beauty pageants and women’s participation is still not approved in many families in India. The beauty pageant is not just about looks, it has a lot more to it. It’s about your overall personality and a kind of a person you are in terms of your social initiative interests, your motivations, your strengths, your lifestyle.
I was fortunate to receive support from my entire family including extended family members and my in-laws. My parents and my parents in law who live in Delhi and Gurgaon respectively were most excited about my winning and felt immensely proud and overwhelmed. My husband was the biggest support throughout this journey. He encouraged me and motivated me to apply for this contest and after I got selected, he was constantly supporting and helping me move forward in every step.
Through your channel, I want to also give a message to all husbands in India to encourage their wives to follow their dreams.
I feel proud and fortunate to get an opportunity to represent not just 1 but 2 countries – India and Scotland.
Please find the Facebook page of Mrs India UK, my journey video and some of my winning photos below for your reference.
My Journey video:
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