Gayatri Bharadwaj was crowned as the winner of 7th edition of The Tiara Queen by TGPC for November 2017 batch. She got groomed under India’s No.1 Pageant mentor Ritika Ramtri last month for a 15 day course and battled out 11 other girls in the finale to claim the title of The Tiara Queen. TGPC got little candid with Gayatri to understand her in depth as a person by the medium of this interview. Lets have a look at it.
TGPC: Hi Gayatri, please tell us something about yourself
Gayatri: I’m Gayatri, a 22 year old dental student from Pune. Growing up, I’ve always been an all rounder and have wanted to accomplish multiple things in life. I’m a classical singer, Bharatnatyam dancer and a national level football player. I’m very passionate about my work, dentistry. I want to raise awareness about tobacco consumption in India and oral cancer and organise camps in rural areas for free dental checkups.
TGPC: How does it feel winning the title of ‘The Tiara Queen’ by TGPC in your very first attempt?
Gayatri: I’ve always been optimistic about whatever I aim to achieve. I have a winners’ attitude in all spheres of life. Becoming tiara queen gave me an insight into what it feels like to be a pageant queen. It has given me a sense of pride about myself and the confidence to conquer the world.
TGPC: You are a dentist by profession. We have had a dentist Miss Universe in 2016 and doctors Miss World in 2014 and 2017. Do you think you’ll continue this trend at an international arena soon?
Gayatri: I believe that a person’s profession speaks volumes about them and their values. The medical/ dental field is a noble one. It involves selflessness and eagerness to serve the masses. At an international pageant, I want to present myself as a girl who’s compassionate, wise, noble and a conquerer. I want to be the girl that did it all. Surely, then I’ll be able to continue this trend at an international arena.
TGPC: What is one thing you learnt at The Tiara that you’ll never forget in life?
Gayatri: The Tiara has taught me various things that I won’t ever forget in life. But the one particular thing that really resonated with me is the very philosophy of positivity that is taught there. I believe that a person is instantly more likeable and beautiful if they have a positive attitude. A smile on your face can do wonders!
TGPC: What do you have to say about your mentor Ritika Ramtri, who has often been slated as India’s No.1 Pageant Trainer?
Gayatri: I was starstruck the first day I’d met Ritika ma’am. She has an aura of confidence, radiance and queen like superiority which comes naturally if you’re the No.1 pageant trainer in India and have trained so many beauty queens in the past. She’s a woman of substance and grace who trains each and every one of her students with diligence and equality. She’s the one person I think of when I want to share my success or happiness, like I would with my mother.
TGPC: You won two most important subtitles, Best in Evening Gown and Best in Cocktail wear along with the main title, which is very rare. Did you expect that?
Gayatri: when my name was announced consecutively for the two subtitles my first reaction was that of disbelief, but it later settled in and I honestly couldn’t have asked for anything more. I was ecstatic and happier than ever in that moment. I do believe that hard work pays off and nothing is impossible if you believe in yourself and your dreams.
TGPC: Is Gayatri a giver or taker?
Gayatri: I’m a giver. I’m focused on helping those in need without expecting much in return. I believe in giving credits to others and actively sharing my time, knowledge, ideas and connections with those around me. I like being ‘liked’ by the people around me and that makes me a good leader.
TGPC: How different is Gayatri in general life compared to her pageant life?
Gayatri: Well, I’m quite a tomboy in my day-to-day life. I love nature walks in forests and adventure sports like river rafting and mountain biking. I play street football to keep myself fit and keep the monotony of going to the gym at bay.
TGPC: How was the experience of going LIVE on TGPC FB page?
Gayatri: I had never gone live solo on a such a big public platform before, so it was quite a surreal experience and I loved every bit of it. It gave me the opportunity to connect with a larger audience that TGPC has. I’m extremely grateful for this and glad that people got to know the real me.
TGPC: Who was your best mate during your ‘The Tiara’ training?
Gayatri: All the girls in my batch were soft spoken and kind. Not once did I have a moment in class where I felt that something was wrong. I’m so glad to have had such a peaceful training with such positive souls around me. So I’m lucky to say, that all of the 12 girls are equally dear to me!
TGPC: Any message for the readers of TGPC?
Gayatri: I would like to share with you all a quote I live by and remind myself of multiples times a day- “Crowns are not made of rhinestones. They’re made of discipline, determination, consistency and a rare trait called courage.” One should believe in the power of their dreams. They do come true!
Picture Credits: Anshul Sarin Photography