Sushmita Sen is my in­spi­ra­tion: Sr­ishti

Noida girl Sr­ishti Kaur, who just won an in­ter­na­tional beauty pageant, talks about her love for fash­ion, and Bol­ly­wood dreams

Hindustan Times (Patna) - Live - - Lifestyle - Nikita Sax­ena nikita.sax­ena@hin­dus­tan­times.com

Although Sr­ishti Kaur al­ways had a keen in­ter­est in fash­ion, she hadn’t imag­ined in her wildest dreams that she would win an in­ter­na­tional beauty pageant. The 19-year-old Noida girl has been crowned Miss Teen Uni­verse 2017. Ask her how she’s feel­ing, and she says: “Out of the world.”

Sr­ishti, who won the pageant on Tues­day in Nicaragua in Cen­tral Amer­ica, says, “Ev­ery time there was a beauty con­test, I wanted an In­dian to win. So I’m very happy to have won such a pres­ti­gious ti­tle and for mak­ing my coun­try proud.” She was com­pet­ing with con­tes­tants from 25 coun­tries. She’s also the first In­dian to have made it to the fi­nals of the six-year-old pageant. Her na­tional cos­tume, which in­cluded el­e­ments of the pea­cock and In­dian astrol­ogy, and was in­spired by In­di­ans who contributed to space re­search, won her an award. “The theme was Romance of India and sristhi (the uni­verse). The aim was to sa­lute the achieve­ments of India,” she says.

Sr­ishti stud­ied in a Noida school and is now pur­su­ing fash­ion in Lon­don. Ask of her in­spi­ra­tion, and ac­tor Sushmita Sen is the an­swer. “She (Sushmita) made the coun­try proud by win­ning the Miss Uni­verse ti­tle. From the way she car­ried her­self, to her poise, and her an­swers to the ques­tions [at the pageant], I love ev­ery­thing about her,” says Sr­ishti, adding “Even though Bol­ly­wood wasn’t a part of my plan, I’d love to work in the in­dus­try!”

Away from home, the teen misses her fam­ily, dog and ghar ka khaana. Look­ing back at the ex­pe­ri­ence, she says it made her stronger. “The pres­sures, sched­ules made for learn­ings. I also made friends from dif­fer­ent cul­tures, and taught them Bol­ly­wood dance moves.”

PHOTO: INTI OCON/ AFP

(Clock­wise) Sr­ishti Kaur with Nieve­les Gon­za­lez, Miss Teen Uni­verse 2016; Sr­ishti and her mother Jas­meet Kaur; Sr­ishti be­fore leav­ing for the fi­nale, and, dur­ing the na­tional cos­tume round at the pageant, just be­fore win­ning an award for the same.

PHOTO: INTI OCON/ AFP

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