In a Conversation with Pallavi Sirohi
Hailing from the city of Pune, Maharashtra, this exquisite beauty is all set to be India’s next earth warrior. Lately, The Kaleidoscope of Pageantry got a wonderful occasion to converse with the aspiring Miss Earth India, Pallavi Sirohi wherein she narrated few significant incidents of her life as she continues to walk on the alleyway to Miss Earth India 2016 crown. So lets have a look of her beautiful mind! 🙂
Heartiest congratulations, Pallavi for making it to the finals of Miss Earth India 2016. Tell us something about your veiled personality.
Thank you Vagisha, it is indeed an honour to be a finalist of Miss Earth India 2016! I am a vivacious girl and I love making friends. I don’t fit into a mould, I believe in constantly redefining my limits and that is how I strive to live every day. When outdoors, I backpack, trek, seek adventure, play sports and stargaze. I am sold on a sunset any day. In the privacy of my room, I love painting, listening to music, dancing in my PJs and reading. My personality is fiery, I am opinionated and strong willed and I hope you will see more of that in the days to come!
How are you preparing yourself for Miss Earth India 2016 journey? What are your chief plans?
The preparations are almost over now that we are approaching the finale, just working on the finishing touches. My preparation began in November, when I underwent formal training at The Tiara Pageant Training Studio with Ritika Ramtri ma’am who is the rock of my pageant journey. I have been working very hard to stay on top of what’s happening around the world, practicing my diction, poise and walk, working out religiously, following a healthy diet, rehearsing the performance for the talent round and reading, reading, reading! I am also devoting a lot of my time to understand the social and environmental concerns I feel strongly about. I get my hands dirty for real- I visit NGOs, conduct rallys, take lectures and partake in plantation drives as often as possible so that I can represent fairly and also propose viable solutions. All of this and much more has been happening behind the scenes to help me prep for the finale!
How are you gearing yourself up for the environmental programs introduced under Miss Earth pageant?
Miss Earth is a powerful platform that not only voices environmental concerns but also works to resolve them. As a Miss Earth India finalist, I am advocating creative upcycling and recycling as an efficient way to manage waste and I have upcycled various household scrap items to make dry decorations, couches, shelves, planters etc and I share these ideas on social media platforms to encourage more people to adopt a sustainable lifestyle.
In terms of locally impactful work, I am humbled that the Pune Municipal Corporation has chosen me as their ambassador for Pune’s green initiatives and I shall be boosting their efforts in the days to come. I am actively involved with various groups in my city that work on different causes. I take lectures on environment and women’s issues with NCC cadets, and I have recently begun work with Sunshine a Ray of Hope (an NGO that works for women’s rights and aids victims of sexual abuse, among other things) as well as a clothes recycling NGO. I also conduct rallies with young women to spread awareness about climate change, water crisis, drug abuse and Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao. I visit and collaborate with some NGOs and social impact start-ups that need help in different ways; one such recent visit was to the The Poona Home and School for Blind Girls.
Upcycling, reusing and living an energy efficient lifestyle have been integral to my growing up years. I remember crafting beautiful trinkets and decorations from scrap even as a small child. Now on this platform, these initiatives have taken on an even bigger meaning.
How confident are you about winning the Miss Earth India 2016 crown?
Confidence is just an outward reflection of honest hard work. I have given my heart and soul to this beautiful journey, and I see myself metamorphosing into the best version of myself with each passing day. My experiences have humbled me, sensitized me, and made me very comfortable in my skin. The support from my family, friends and well-wishers makes me feel very strong from within. I am in my best form, I feel ready and I’m looking forward to the finale with great excitement.
India has variety of pageants like Femina Miss India, Miss Diva Universe and Indian Princess. But what were the prime motives of choosing Miss Earth India pageant over others?
Miss Earth India is at the convergence of beauty, wit and cause. I am inspired by the efforts taken by all the Miss Earth delegates in their respective countries to bring about a real change and Miss Earth India will give me the opportunity to make that happen in India. Climate change is a pressing issue and we need everyone to become a part of the movement to even begin reversing it. What an honour to be associated with Miss Earth India for such impactful and relevant work!
Which Miss Earth has motivated your drive to participate in Miss Earth India pageant?
I am immensely proud of Nicole Faria for bringing the crown home and undoubtedly she is my biggest inspiration to participate in Miss Earth India and vie for the crown. Her strong personality, charm and confidence are very inspiring. I find the reigning Miss Earth, Angelia Ong, also to be very graceful and charismatic.
If given a chance to represent India at Miss Earth 2016, how would you reflect the beauty of India at the international arena?
India is a land of diversity bound together by mutual tolerance and compassion. I shall represent the beauty of our people by being an ambassador of our hospitable culture, popularizing our traditional crafts and embodying the essence of a contemporary Indian woman- confident, beautiful and secure in her stance. India is often called nature’s paradise and I shall continue to be a proud representative of our natural heritage, wildlife and ecological endowments. I have represented India internationally twice before, so I am confident of being a striking ambassador for our country.
Who is your ideal beauty queen and how has she helped you to evolve as a beauty queen?
My ideal beauty queen is Priyanka Chopra because I believe she has broken the stereotypes of beauty in the international arena, smashing the glass ceilings of race and gender in her industry. She also continues to give back to the society through her work with UNICEF. She exudes dynamism, confidence and elegance- a true charmer. Priyanka Chopra, for me, is a reminder to be my true self and reach for the stars.
What incident in your life made you realize about your passion in pageantry? Who assured you that beauty pageants are totally your cup of tea?
I had never imagined myself in pageantry until I joined The Tiara in November. My mother gets all the credit for lighting this fire in my belly and making me believe that I was meant for it. I think the one moment when I knew I wanted to be a pageant girl was when I first saw Lara Dutta’s performance at Miss Universe 2000 during a class. What a stunner! She blew me away with her presence, poise and wit. That evening, I realized my heart belonged here.
What message would you like to give to The Kaleidoscope of Pageantry and your fans reading this interview?
Believing unconditionally in myself has changed my life for the better. A friend once told me, “You will never find a miracle if you aren’t looking for it” and since I started looking closer, I have witnessed a few. Let’s open our hearts to the infinite possibilities that await us and see what life has in store!