In a Conversation with Priyanka Kumari
Every one of you must have heard the story of Cinderella, who turned her destiny when gifted with the right pair of shoes, the newly crowned Femina Miss India second runner up, Priyanka Kumari from Bihar is no different. The girl who began her pageant journey with relatively no modelling background is today an inspiration to million girls in India. The girl who was a tomboy once and never ever dreamt of being a beauty queen slays the ramp today when she struts on it.
Priyanka Kumari who hails from Bihar is an engineer by profession. Born in an army family, Priyanka got to travel a lot in India and this has given her wings to expand her horizons and experience the new breeze. The very proficient beauty is also a sports enthusiast and loves to play basketball and hockey.
Lately, The Kaleidoscope of Pageantry got a chance to interact with Priyanka Kumari wherein she revealed her success mantra along with unfolding some of the interesting facets of life.
The girl who fuelled her dreams to make it a reality! An inspiration to all the common girls who dream of being a queen! Heartiest congratulations on winning the second runner up title at Femina Miss India 2017, Priyanka. How are you enjoying your victory?
The feeling is amazing and it’s very difficult to express it in words. My life has changed 360 degrees. I am living my dream. I have made my mentor, Ritika mam and my parents proud. I now have the recognition which I can use to make a difference and work on the issues which are close to my heart.
What was the first thought that came to your mind after wearing the crown?
First thought was ‘Is it really happening?’ haha. After that I was just thinking about how life can change in one moment. I could see my parents filled with proud and that made me even happier.
How did your family and friends react to your victory?
Each member of my family was proud and happy. They somehow knew that I would make it. They believed in me more than I did. My friends were cheering and they were unable to contain their excitement. Two of my friends were also present in the auditorium when I was crowned and they were screaming their lungs out. Thank you, Shriya and Ekta for being such good friends.
What memories from your homecoming ceremony will you always cherish?
I will cherish the warm welcome I received at all three places I visited. I would never forget the kind of love that People of Bihar showered on me. I did not expect so many people to come at Patna airport, my uncle’s place and fbb store, just to make me feel good. In Pune, not only my family but people from the whole society came to meet me and in Nashik my college had arranged a wonderful welcome ceremony for me at such a short notice. I am overwhelmed.
Amid all the celebrations, how are you preparing yourself for the international pageant?
Though it would shortly be announced as to which international pageant I am going, I am leaving no stone unturned to prepare myself. I want to make my country proud intentionally and I know I can. I am working on expanding my knowledge, my speaking skills and many other factors which are basically the same for all international pageants.
What do you think will be your strengths as you will represent India among the group of similarly talented ladies at an international pageant?
My strengths would be my observation skills and hunger to learn. I am a very good observer and my willingness to learn something new each day makes me a very quick and all rounder learner. I also feel that I speak from my heart and my runway skill is an added advantage.
Being a girl with relatively no modelling background how did you manage to face the challenges that came your way in the journey of being Miss India?
I want to give all the credit to Ritika Mam who is not only my Pageant coach but also my guru for life. I believe it is very important to have someone you can trust in this industry and she is just the right person and I bless the day I found out about her. I knew nothing when I started my pageant journey but with her help I learnt a lot about pageantry and life.
What has been one thing that has motivated you to come so far in your journey as a beauty queen?
The pageant journey and the life of a beauty queen always inspired me. This is something I really enjoy and it’s only when we enjoy what we do, we give our best. Not only this, I want to open a network of NGO which will work towards uplifting the lives of beggars. Every time I see someone beg at traffic signal or roadsides, my will becomes stronger and this is what kept motivating me.
You have always been found saying that you have grew up as a tomboy, which incident in your life acted as a turning point in the transition from being a tom boy to a beauty queen?
Yes, it’s funny how I keep saying this everywhere I go. It all started when I was working in TCS and I was not going through a good phase in my life because I was not getting time to work for at least building the foundation of my NGO. I stopped smiling and when I came across Miss India application form, I randomly filled it without expecting any calls for audition. To cut a long story short, I went for the auditions and even though I couldn’t make it that time, I enjoyed so much that I couldn’t stop smiling for three days! That’s when I realised that this is what makes me happy. Soon I resigned and started preparing for Miss India.
What pros and cons did you experience while coming from Bihar to the modelling and pageant world?
I come from a defence background and I have been to almost every state. This groomed me really well as a person. I am very adaptable and flexible. I believe these two qualities are very important if you want to enter this industry. The only con that People might face while coming from Bihar is the lack of family support because not many opportunities of modelling are there in Bihar. But I didn’t face any such difficulty as my parents have been very supportive.
I can definitely tell you the advantages I had while coming from Bihar. People of Bihar are so loving and supportive that throughout my journey, I never felt alone. When they came to know that I am representing Bihar at such a big level, everyday some or the other person used to message me about how proud they are and that they all love me.
Where do you see yourself five years down the lane?
I see myself working and expanding my NGO and side by side opening a day care for labourer’s kids because in their family both husband and wife are working.
What makes you different from others?
As I already said, I am a very good observer. This quality has made me into a person who is very good at understanding not only the situations but also the feelings of people. This makes me a very relatable and approachable person. I believe it’s a very important quality a person should have.
Femina Miss India Organization has strived their best to make this edition a success. Any special memory from the pageant days you will never forget?
Each day of this journey was unforgettable. I love meeting new people and I met so many wonderful people in these 30 days, including people from organization who have their best to make our journey memorable. If I have to choose one special memory then it would definitely be the moment we met the reigning Miss World Stephanie. She is a perfect example of how to be yourself all the time. We had a great time with her.
What message would you like to give to The Kaleidoscope of Pageantry and the readers reading your wonderful words?
I would like to thank you all for giving me this opportunity to share my journey. It feels wonderful when you know there are people who want to get to know you more. Thank you for making me feel so special. To the readers, I want to say that if a girl like me can do this then everyone can achieve whatever they want. It’s all about what you actually want and put honest efforts for.