Exclusive interview: Divya Shetty, Rubaru Miss India Elite – Top International Model 2017

First of all many congratulations to you for being chosen as the very first Rubaru Miss India Elite – Top International Model 2017 How do you feel about it?
It’s one of the most beautiful feelings. I am very blessed and honoured to be the first Rubaru Miss India Elite – Top International Model titleholder. It gives me immense pleasure to represent my country at such an amazing platform.

Were you expecting something like this to happen?
I believe in the “law of attraction” and I always dreamt of achieving this title. So, yes I somewhere did expect this to happen. I was confident and determined during the entire course of pageant and I knew that something special was going to happen.

Tell us a bit more about yourself.
I was born in the city of dreams, Mumbai and was brought up in Pune, where I completed my education. I am a classical dancer, so that’s where my love for music and dance began. I am a state level basketball player and passionate about acting and modelling. I would describe myself as a person who loves to face new challengess in life. This helps in discovering a new side of mine. .

How has your journey been so far with the Rubaru Miss India Elite Organization? Working with the Rubaru team has been a great experience for me. They have always been so supportive and the organizers are so hard working and I really appreciate the cause they promote for saving the girl child. I am really thankful to the organization that they saw the potential is me and considered me the most deserving candidate for this title.

Soon, you will be representing India at the Top International Model of the World 2017 competition in Bulgaria. What would you like to say about that?
I am very excited and I consider myself very fortunate to get the opportunity to represent my country at an international platform as big as this. Obviously, the Top International Model of the World is one of the finest and well-established international modelling competitions based in the European Continent. I am all set to give my best at the pageant and really looking forward to meet all my new friends in Bulgaria.

From being a software engineer to becoming a model to winning the Rubaru Top International Model India title and now representing India at an international level. How would you describe this beautiful transition that took place in your life?
This journey has been incredible but not that easy. Balancing academic excellence along with a passion to make a mark in the fashion industry was very challenging. My parents always believed in my dreams and always supported me. Since childhood I always loved being on stage facing the camera and that love and belief has got me here today.

How are the preparations going on for the big event to take place in Bulgaria this year?
The preparations are going on in full swing. From regular work out sessions to stay in shape to working on my runway skills and communication skills, I am trying to improve myself in as much areas as I can.

Your biggest support..
My parents have been my biggest support and strength for everything in life without them it would have been very difficult to reach this far.

Your inspiration in life..
My mentor Mr.Abhyang Kuvalekar has been a source of inspiration to me. He is extremely talented, self-made and very positive person and he has always inspired me to be the same. From him I learnt the harder you work the better you become.

Any quote or saying that has profound impact on you.
“Follow your bliss and the universe will open the doors for you where there were only walls” -Joseph Campbell.

Any message for the readers…
Your mind will always believe everything you tell it. So feed it with faith, truth and love.

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