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

Cosmopolitan (India) - - COSMO INTERVIEW -

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.


“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.”


“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

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