MY TOP 5 CONFIDENCE SECRETS
KANISHTHA DHANKAR is proving she’s more than just another pageant winner with her fiery personality and racing career. By Meher Bajwa; Photographs by Tarun Vishwa
The 23-year-old with a firecracker personality won’t let you believe she’s that young—exhibiting the wisdom of an old soul and the confidence of an industry veteran. 2011’s Miss India, Kanishtha, won the title of ‘Beauty With A Purpose’ at the Miss World competition and we can totally see why. The one thing she’s learned in the last two years? “Confidence! It’s really a reflection of your personality. It’s about being happy from within, and content with who you are and what you have in your life.” And she’s letting Cosmo in on the secrets to this enviable self-assuredness.
ON BODY IMAGE
“Like every other woman out there, I’ve tried skipping meals when I was younger and done silly stuff like that, but I’ve never had weight issues. I’ve been a skinny girl, ever since I can remember. In fact, I’d have liked to put on more weight. It’s only recently that I realised being attractive or sexy isn’t just about having ample cleavage or a perfect posterior, it’s about accepting your body for what it is, imperfections and all, and loving it nevertheless. Confidence is sexiest.
My top tip? Never compare yourself to anyone else. You’re unique. It shouldn’t matter what the world thinks of your size; in fact, I don’t even know what the ‘perfect’ dress size should be! Talking from an insider’s perspective, don’t get fooled by everything you see on TV or in magazines. Keep it real. There’s a lot of Photoshop-ing happening that makes everyone appear more glamorous. It can do horrible things to your selfesteem. Do a little research and you’ll find that nobody’s perfect. Know it and own it.”
ON STAGE FRIGHT
“I remember my first ever fashion show. I was so nervous that my body was trembling! I dreaded going on stage. When you’re opening a show or wearing an important outfit, you know there’s a lot riding on your performance and you can feel your heart thumping in your ears.
At times like these I like to give myself a little pep talk