In a Conversation with Audrey D’Silva
An anchor by profession, Femina Miss India Goa 2017, Audrey D’Silva is full of life. Audrey has been modelling since a long time and is now eyeing for the title of Femina Miss India 2017. Lately, The Kaleidoscope of Pageantry got a chance to interact with Audrey D’Silva wherein she talked about her interests and preparations for Femina Miss India 2017. Lets have a look!
Hello Audrey! Many many congratulations for making it to the finals of Femina Miss India 2017. How are you feeling right now?
Thank you very much for the best wishes. Right now I am feeling proud, joyful, confident and happy — these are words that would describe my feeling of being on top of the world.
How are you gearing yourself up for the national pageant? Any insights to your preparations or future goals?
Really! Not much on preparations, since for the past 3 years I have been preparing myself for this day. I got everything from my side done and was fully prepared. I hired a professional choreographer and set a good dance track for my talent round; under strenuous workout and gym instructor to maintain my perfectly toned body. I was on diet control under guidance of a dietitian; dental care, beautician etc. So, I was fully prepared to take on the International stage with confidence.
Who is your biggest inspiration and how has he/she helped you to strive the challenges that have come your way?
Usually when asked who your biggest inspiration is, most people respond with the name of a legend, idol or an actress/actor. When asked who is biggest inspiration I would have to respond with a simple three letter word: Mom and Dad. They have been the greatest inspiration in my life and are the main reason that I am where I am and who I am today.
What quality do you think makes you different from other contestants?
I believe that each contestant has her own uniqueness and quality. So each contestant is unique with her own quality, so am I.
If you go on to win Miss World India, how will you use your title and platform in your future endeavours?
There are so many needs in the world today that finding a cause you feel passionate about in your community is just a matter of looking around. I will use the platform to spread the message in a bigger way in working for issues like preventing domestic violence, AIDS Awareness, Fighting Childhood Hunger, Child Exploitation, Care for animals and other services for betterment of mankind.
How confident are you about winning this title?
I believe that there is no competitor and I am myself my own competitor. So the confidence I have in myself will help me achieve my dream of winning the title.
Tell us something about your leisure pursuits and your veiled personality.
I love gymming, watching movies, surfing the web, listening to music, travelling and exploring places. To describe my veiled personality I would admit that I am a born winner, high-energy person and hard worker who does not believe in the word ‘I can’t but in I can’
As you know, Miss World rests its prominent focus on the “Beauty with a Purpose” project. What will be your BWAP Project for Femina Miss India 2017?
Yes! The Miss World ‘Beauty with a purpose’ is an excellent concept and teaches us what humanity means. My project is on humanity and service to the marginalized.
Have you started working over your “Beauty with a Purpose” project? How are you raising funds and awareness for your project?
As service to mankind is in the blood of my family, I have inculcated the concept from childhood. When I was 8-years-old I used to do street plays after coming home from school on awareness of HIV/Aids. I am also involved with 3 NGO’s which carries out work on child education, women empowerment, prevention of violence against women, provide psychosocial rehabilitation, Swaach Bharat Abhiyan and drug free society.
What do you think is the most important quality every beauty queen should possess and why?
I don’t feel that it is only one important quality a beauty queen should possess. It is endless. Beauty, brains, wit, compassion and many more… No matter how good you look, there will always be someone better looking. But your nature, your characteristics, your quirks and your personality these, not your face, are what make you the special person you are.
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?
When I was a kid I happened to watch Aishwarya Rai win Miss World and Sushmita Sen win Miss Universe. That transformed into my life dream and I started working on to make it my life goal. My inner gut feeling, confidence and belief that ‘I can’ assured me it’s my cup of tea.
What message would you like to give to The Kaleidoscope of Pageantry and your fans reading this interview?
The message I would like to give my fans is “It takes years of hard work, dedication, perseverance, commitment to mould a dream. And to make this dream into reality we need your support, encouragement, prayers and good wishes. As I will be carrying the brand ‘INDIA’ and not ‘AUDREY’ kindly support me to represent my country and make my country and all proud.