‘I don’t see pageants as a gateway to Bollywood’: LIVA Miss Diva Runner-up Sonal Kukreja

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LIVA Miss Diva 2021 finalist Sonal Kukreja said she wanted to use the competition as a platform to enable financial independence for women across the country, not as a stepping stone to launch her career in Bollywood.

Kukreja, from Jaipur, was named the competition’s first finalist earlier this month.

The 23-year-old said she would try to take on the role of actor if the opportunity arose, but that it would not be her only priority at the moment.

“Competitions give you a platform, but I don’t necessarily see it as a gateway to Bollywood. Acting requires a completely different skill set than what you need in pageantry.

“I am someone who never wants to leave a stone unturned, so if an opportunity presents itself I would love to explore it while continuing to work on my mission to provide financial independence and empower women. ways to create the life of their dreams. Kukreja told PTI.

Kukreja was born in Delhi and moved to Jaipur when she was 10 years old. She then moved to the United States at the age of 17, where she obtained her BA in Marketing and Digital Media Trends and Analytics and worked in the field of Marketing Communications.

She is also the co-founder of a crypto financial institution and currently works as vice president of the marketing and partnerships division of the start-up.

To enter the competition, Kukreja said she needs to balance her work and immerse herself in multitasking.

She remembered finishing her emails and assigning tasks while getting her hair and makeup done early in the morning for the contest.

“As an entrepreneur in the FinTech industry, I never thought that pageantry was for me. When the Miss Diva team contacted me, I was surprised because, in my mind, I was not the perfect girl. I didn’t have any modeling experience either, and I didn’t want to be an actor either.
“I didn’t know that pageantry is not just about eye-catching beauty, but about empowering women to be the best version of themselves and to inspire. other women to embrace femininity, brotherhood and individuality. “

His lack of experience in modeling made it difficult for Kukreja, who constantly struggled with thoughts such as “I don’t know how to walk a ramp” or “Everyone has so much experience”.

“I was in a vulnerable state the entire trip. I was a model for the first time. It was hard for me to put all my inhibitions aside. It was halfway through the trip when I realized that it was never about someone else but about improving myself. All I had to learn was to make awkward situations my comfort zone, ”she added.

After being crowned the first finalist, Kukreja said she was delighted to have been able to re-enter the competition which, contrary to perceptions, does not reward “perfection”.

“I am delighted with all the happiness, love and support I have received from every person so far. Now I want to use this esteemed platform to amplify my mission to create a financially independent India.

“I also want to take this opportunity to demonstrate that you don’t have to be perfect to attend a contest, beauty is more than what catches the eye,” she added.

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