Our Founder- Shelly Maheshwari Gupta Featured in International World Class Beauty Queen Magazine
Here are some glimpse of Her Interview:
Full name: Shelly Maheshwari Gupta
Title/Year: Mrs Asia Pacific-Universal Elegance 2017-18
Mrs Universal Elegance 2017-18
Platform: Empress Universe international beauty pageant which is associated with empowering womanhood in all walk of life & building inner beauty & confidence
Zodiac sign: Capricorn
Hobbies: Vocal classical & semi classical music, dancing, golfing painting, cooking, interior decoration, reading, working out.
Years competed: 1
Countries visited: USA, UK, Europe, Malaysia, Greece, Mauritius, Australia, Dubai, Mexico, Turkey, Egypt, China, Hong Kong, and Caribbean Islands
Likes: creativity, anything that instills positivity, love, and happiness , enhancement of my spiritual consciousness through yoga and meditation. I also love long nature walks to be connected with Mother Nature.
Dislikes: negativity and negative people, Prejudices and stereotypical thinking
Marital Status: Happily married queen
World Class Beauty Queens: Please tell us about yourself.
I was born in Kanpur and raised in Lucknow to a family of entrepreneurs. Ever since I came to realize who I was, I worked hard to get to where I am. I didn’t have it all figured out from the very beginning. All I knew was to be positive, compassionate, and forward thinking. Over the years, I have sculpted my thoughts to have an indomitable drive and a single-minded commitment to my beliefs. This mindset had allowed me to do well in every field I chose. For me, the way to success lied in keeping one’s heart free of negativity and mind fixed on positive outcomes. This allows opportunities, connections and information to pour into our lives, leading us to happiness. Over the years, I have been working to defend the planet from environmental degradation and the grim side effects of human ignorance. My sole desire to is to connect with and illuminate the people. I believe that that the cause for all violence and disruption in the world lies in the widespread lack of spiritual awareness and inability to identify with nature. I am a firm advocate of social justice and human rights activist, campaigns that seek to empower disadvantaged women and children through education and rehabilitation have been central to my mission. The human psyche has always been a source of intrigue for me, thus the Masters in Psychology. My research in this field eventually led me to explore the occult sciences to gain a more in-depth understanding of consciousness and the spiritual realm. I began to exercise my innate psychic faculties by becoming proficient in tarot, astrology, numerology, feng shui & Vaastu. With positive blessings, I have been able to help a number of people with different backgrounds, including celebrities and others.
World Class Beauty Queens: What inspired you to do your first pageant?
My inspiration came from the journey of my life. Over the years, I have strived to constantly push myself and explore my full potential. Not just for my own sake, I wanted to show the world that there are endless possibilities to do, be, or have something and for that to happen you must start believing in yourself. My first pageant came as a gateway to begin that journey. I wanted to do something that I have never done before. Only then did I realize that there is so much more you can gain and offer whilst on a pageant journey.
World Class Beauty Queens: Tell us about your pageant history.
Starting pageants at a slightly later stage of my life, I knew that I have to work hard, both for myself and the people that I am going to be the example for. I had to push out of my comfort zone. With god’s grace and my family’s incredible support, my initial experience was amazing. In my first year of competition, I won my first national title – Mrs. India North 2017 and after that have been lucky enough to earn the International titles of. Mrs.Asia Pacific -universal elegance and Mrs. Universal elegance 3rd princess 2017-18. I strongly believe that like all the great fields, pageantry is about growing and transforming yourself into something better constantly. No matter what your age is, you never stop learning.
World Class Beauty Queens: Why did you choose to compete for your current title?
I was blessed to be crowned as Asia Pacific -Universal 2017 and Mrs. Universal elegance 3rd Princess. It was only after competing that I experienced that the system was fair and transparent. This encouraged me to go further and I could not wait to be a part of it again. Since the first time I stepped onto an international stage, I felt a sense of more confidence and empowerment. As a married woman and an celebrity Astro numerologist, I see people questioning me “why would you want to participate in beauty pageants?” The answer couldn’t be simpler. I do it not only for myself, but also for all the married women from around the world who need an inspiration to push beyond their mental blocks. I want to show those amazing mothers and wives that anything is possible if they put their mind to it. You can be a devoted wife, a loving mother, a giving woman in the community, a fierce career woman and at the same time a beautiful, glamorous, and empowered queen on stage.
World Class Beauty Queens: To those unfamiliar with your pageant system please tell us what is it about?
The universal system, in simple words, is all about being your own kind of beautiful. Dare, dream, and believe. It aims to help woman grow within themselves and to be the best possible version of themselves.
World Class Beauty Queens: What Were you being judged on during the competition?
We were judged across various parameters, such as talent, fitness, punctuality, team work, overall appearance, stage presence, speech delivery, our overall through process, efforts put in. And the most important of them all was the overall attitude, charisma, and confidence.
World Class Beauty Queens: How was your experience during the competition?
It was an experience which was out of this world, hard to describe in words. The intense yet fun filled grooming sessions boosted our confidence, made us push our limits, helped us find the unfounded in us and unleash the leashed. It was a wonderful experience to get to closely know various woman from around the world and hear their inspiring stories, which in turn inspired me.
World Class Beauty Queens: Tell us about your platform or what cause do you volunteer for?
As the winner of these competitions I was able to participate in multiple charity events. I really want to bring the change to the world. I aim to convey this most important message to everyone that it is of unequivocal necessity to stop the arms race, the wars, and the horrifying outcomes they impose on us. We need to bring more environmental awareness. The message of ” go green” need to be conveyed to every soul around the world. To be more connected to our higher spiritual self, improving gender equality, empowering the unempowered so that they can face challenges of life with skill, confidence & grace. I volunteer for several organizations that focus on all of these things and overall well being of mankind.
World Class Beauty Queens: What appearances have you done with your title?
Ever since being crowned, I have been interviewed by multiple media sources and aim to help -empower woman& girl child within India. Oh goodness, I’ve been so blessed with the number of appearances I’ve done! Since being crowned at the beginning of September…. I believe I’m at about 70 appearances. From parades to fashion shows to seminars to speaking engagements on multiple social issues. I believe it is important for young woman to have an honest system to help build themselves up and boost their platforms. I have participated in charity events, socially significant events dedicated to problems of people in need.
World Class Beauty Queens: What are some of you achievements?
I am a celebrity Astro-numerologist, vastu fengshui expert, tarot card reader & master of various holistic& spiritual sciences. I have worked with almost all the national news channels of India & written articles in eminent newspapers & magazines& published books on Vaastu, fengshui, astrology etc….
In 2017, I was also awarded as Iconic woman of the year by world economic forum and have won Mrs. India north, Mrs. Asia Pacific, and Mrs. Universal elegance-3rd runner up 2017-2018…. I have also been awarded as Mrs. India Influential and Mrs. India popular queen 2017. Besides these, I have also been awarded with the Achievers award 2017 by Loreto convent world.
World Class Beauty Queens: What is your onstage strategy to win the judges over?
I personally believe that when you are on stage you should be yourself, try to express who you are with what you wear, what you answer and how you smile. just be yourself! Make the most of your preparation beforehand so you can soak in and truly enjoy every moment on the stage. Your confidence will be as bright as the smile on your face.
World Class Beauty Queens: What makes you stand out from all those other beautiful girls?
Every woman will bring something different to the table , everyone has qualities that make them beautiful and outer beauty is subjective…we are all unique in our own way. For me my deep spiritual upbringing-background and dedication is what makes me shine, I am not afraid to be myself and will always work hard because i know no matter how old you get you can always learn and grow as an individual.
World Class Beauty Queens: How did it feel to hear your name as the winner?
Like a dream come true! I really strived to achieve my goal of being Mrs universal elegance representing Asia Pacific and when my name was called as 3rd princess, I knew my hard work had paid off. It really does show you can achieve anything if you are willing to work for it. It was really an amazing feeling making my country & continent proud.
World Class Beauty Queens: What does it mean to you to be a Beauty Queen?
Being a beauty queen is more than being a pretty face with a shiny crown, being a beauty queen means you are hardworking, community driven, and have a passion to make a difference. To be a queen means to be a leader, a motivator, an inspiration, a person who never gives up, and most of all, an example for all women, worldwide, that we can be anything we want if we put in the work and the time. When it is our time, God will put us exactly where we belong. My job is to be a positive influence and role model to not only married women, but also women of all ages and walks of life. Being a working titleholder is also something that’s important to me—lead by example.
World Class Beauty Queens: How did competing in pageants help your life?
Pageants help to build your character and confidence. Competing in pageants helped me to gain confidence and experience things I may have otherwise never lived through. It has provided me with the opportunity to travel around the world.
World Class Beauty Queens: You are an inspiration to all the girls out there. How does it feel?
I am grateful that I have the opportunity to be in a position where I can impact others in the most positive& inspirational way… for their better .It is a responsibility—but a fun one! Let’s support each other as we succeed and grow!
World Class Beauty Queens: What have you learned from practicing your walk.
My walk is my signature and it is how I leave my mark where ever I go.But really– have fun and be confident– and posture is important. In the world of pageantry you must own the stage when walking out for the first time and with a smile. You should look like already a winner.
World Class Beauty Queens: What designer did you choose and what have you learned from choosing the dress for the competition?
I have chosen for my national & international pageant Lustre fashions by Poonam & Meenu … famous designers of north India where I belong . There national costume& gown made me look very elegant & beautiful especially the choice of colour & cuts chosen by them according to my shape & colour complexion was excellent. All of the girls should choose from one designer . This what i have learned is that no matter of the dress you choose if you do not make it alive if you do not wear it with dignity and smile it just remains a dress. not the dress makes the woman beautiful but the way the woman wears it gives the shine and charm to the dress.
World Class Beauty Queens: What have you learned from the interview portion of the competition?
I’ve learned it’s important to be calm, confident, to be authentically you, and most importantly to not be so hard on yourself! When I interview I always remind myself to be cool & calm …that I am just having a casual conversation about the things I am passionate about and that there is not need to feel overwhelmed or nervous about my outcome. That has been the best advice I’ve given myself as I won my last 3 titles (national & international)
World Class Beauty Queens: Any modeling or acting experience?
I have done various model shoots & fashion shoots for brands…and acting is in my blood since childhood…. & after becoming queen I am getting offers from fashion industry which definitely I am open to … stage is my passion and I feel on the stage as at home, relaxed and happy.
World Class Beauty Queens: What are your plans for 2018 as a Queen?
To continue working towards making this wonderful platform stronger and more purposeful. My plans had started prior to becoming a queen. Becoming a queen kicked it into high gear. My plans are to continue with the mentoring program and continuing to empower women all around. My personal plans are to continue branding myself and my company and to continue hosting, organizing events. And manage talent. This is just the beginning. There are no limits….. work towards creating the next big mega event in welcoming our 2018 queens who will redefine beauty yet again and bring about change into this world.
World Class Beauty Queens: What kind of legacy do you want to leave behind?
I wish to leave a legacy which inspires our kids, younger generation and women around the world of having followed our heart desires and have contributed towards bringing in positive change. That how YOU will be remembered. Always remain true to who you are and never be afraid to speak out on your real passion and be different. Just be yourself. Treat others as you want them to treat you. I want to be remembered as a good person and my family and kids to be proud of me.I always try to teach them to respect the others but to do this what they feel from heart should do.I will be happy if I can help even one person to change his/her life.