Ambitious Beauty - Nehha Bhandari talks with You & I

She has a Masters degree in Psychology, a diploma in French, and a degree in Fashion. Nehha, who recently won the Mrs Stylish Diva title at the Mrs India Earth pageant, is a firm believer of self-love; that it is important to trust yourself, rely on your instincts and accept yourself the way you are. She believes that the first law of attraction is that the entire universe is conspiring to give you what you really want. We catch up with the supremely positive lady to find out more about the attitude that made her win.

Tell us a little about yourself.
I am a study of contrasts; I am level-headed in aspects that are important and demand attention and also have a carefree attitude to keep my adventurous side alive. I am non-judgmental and therefore a close confidant to people who know me I believe in giving strength and courage to others. At the same time I am opinionated in matters that are close to my heart and I believe in, with conviction. I am a strict disciplinarian to my kids to ensure that they are brought up with the correct value system, but I am also swayed and infected by their child-like exuberance. The key to life for me is to live it with a smile and have faith in myself.

Can you take us through some of your achievements?
Achievement for me is associated with the feeling of pride; things that I feel proud about. While this was a much tangible association earlier, this sense has changed over time. Excelling in academics and topping in masters, recognition in performing arts, and appreciation in creative arts are some of the things that I am extremely proud of. However, after becoming a mother, my perspective of achievements has changed. Seeing my young kids make the correct choice between right and wrong, looking out for their friends at this age, and seeing that they have understood the meaning of sharing with the less privileged makes me extremely proud.

Beauty is a relative concept. What according to you makes a person beautiful?
I believe in the tenet that if you are able to make someone’s life beautiful, you are beautiful. True beauty lies in being with someone in need, lifting them up if they are feeling down, helping them smile during their tough times; in short making their lives beautiful when they really need it. If you are able to do that for others, you are beautiful.        

What made you decide to participate in the contest?
I used to model in my college days but that didn’t continue. When I realised my kids are big enough and that I could now focus on my passion, I decided to go for it. I came across the Mrs India Earth pageant and thought of giving it a try, so I sent my pictures for the audition round and to my surprise I got selected. By the grace of the Almighty everything started falling into place and I became one of the finalists, and eventually ended up winning the title of Mrs Stylish Diva.

What does beauty mean to you?
Beauty to me is accepting yourself just the way you are, being content in your own skin. As they say, beauty lies in the eyes of the beholder, let that beholder be yourself. It’s not how perfect your body is, how impeccable your skin is, but how beautiful your flaws are (smiles). Ultimately, a confident smile is the best accessory one can ever wear.

What preparations did you have to undergo for the contest?
When you are contesting for a national pageant, it is evident to groom yourself both mentally and physically. I am an outdoorsy person; jogging, zumba, and yoga are my fitness mantras. I made it a point to keep myself updated with the current affairs.

Pink Lotus Boutique, Jaipur, prepared my Indian outfits. To make me look ramp ready, Mirrors Salon helped me. Ultimately nothing would have been possible without the support of my husband and my family.

Tell us something about yourself that no one knows.
I have quite a few secrets (smiles). One thing that not many people know about me is that I am still a kid at heart. I am funny yet bashful like a child. To live a fulfilling life it’s important not to let that little person die in you who can turn a wooden twig into a magic wand and play with the same for hours and be happy. Be little naughty, little brazen, and laugh your lungs out! That’s the best gift you can give to yourself.     – as told to Suneela