How do I become Miss India?
“I want to become Miss India” - this phrase has been uttered by many young girls. You only have to look at reigning pageant winners to understand what it means to be feminine, graceful and elegant in that culture. Femina has used the Miss India pageant to chisel the Indian womanhood construct for many girls who aspire to enter Bollywood. Every year in August and September, Femina and The Times of India publish entry forms for the pageant. You must be 5.7” tall and under 25 years of age. The contestants are selected after an initial screening from photos, entry forms and a personal meeting by The Femina group personnel. 23 girls are chosen who get thirty days training in Mumbai before the final event. A Miss India Universe, World or Asia Pacific goes to an even bigger stage. Each title-girl is groomed for international pageants in the areas of skin care, diet, fitness and spirituality.
If you wish to enroll in any beauty pageant, remember that you are to be judged on talent, competence, individuality, intelligence, poise, personality and physical appearance. You have to develop as a brand and put yourself out on the platform. The Femina Miss India training is more conforming to a standard of excessively thin girls and most experts there have a fixation for fair skin. There is very less scope for individuality there.
Some tips to be an elegant beauty queen -the first advice is to smile! Your smile should be natural so think of something funny before going on-stage. You are in front of millions of people and yet you have to be serene and confident. It is quite an impossible task but fake it till you make it. Use the bathroom before the interview and after the show. The idea is to appear so charismatic an individual that your persona wows the judges present. Every round tests your stage presence and confidence. You need to exercise and eat well. 2-4 laps of jogging, weight training and 45 minutes of brisk walking will help you visualize your goals.
Your dress/gown must be elegant and sparkle on stage. Add glitz and stones to your gown or shoes for the shimmer effect. Do it yourself so that it is going to cost less. You can hire gowns, swimsuits, jewellery and shoes. Wear heels and get a fresh pedicure. Light pink polish is classy if you are undecided on nail colour.
Keep a mystery element in your fact file. Be creative as judges often ask questions based on the ‘resume’ filed by you. Know your current events. These platforms test your leadership skills and public speaking confidence-form opinions on everything. Rehearse with a well-meaning friend on the various types of questions you may be asked. If you goof up on stage, don’t show it andkeep smiling. Your poise and ability to withstand the self-cringing at having fumbled while answering will work in your favour.
A word of advice: pageants that charge you to compete are scams. During the pageant, be friendly with other contestants. Be yourself, sleep well to prevent dark circles, have fun, be humorous and always keep in mind that it is a performance on stage. If you don’t win, it does not reflect on your abilities in the least.