Be­ing A Woman


ARTIST, PHI­LAN­THROPIST and busi­ness­woman Michelle Poon­awalla dons many hats and she does it with much panache. The glam­ourous mother of two and wife of bil­lion­aire in­dus­tri­al­ist Yo­han Poon­awalla was felicitated with the ‘I am Woman’ award for her con­tri­bu­tion to the world of art, phi­lan­thropy and busi­ness at an award cer­e­mony or­gan­ised by the Karan Gupta Ed­u­ca­tion Foun­da­tion. Speak­ing at a panel dis­cus­sion, Michelle show­ered words of ad­vice to young women and girls. “I al­ways tell my chil­dren, ‘If You Be­lieve It, Then You Can Do It’. There is noth­ing too dif­fi­cult in life. If you be­lieve in some­thing, work on it and make it hap­pen. All one needs is that be­lief, hard work and hon­esty. If you set your heart to a goal, any­thing is pos­si­ble,” she said. On her in­spi­ra­tion, she said she con­stantly gets in­spired from her ev­ery­day life. “I look for pos­i­tiv­ity and I chan­nel that same vibe through my art. The mes­sage I put out there is to be a pos­i­tive per­son and my art is just that. Once some­one com­mented that my art is too beau­ti­ful, but I feel that in to­day’s world, you need pos­i­tiv­ity, you need things that make you smile, you do not want to have mo­rose paint­ings in your house.” Dressed in a self-por­trait black dress, with Chris­tian Louboutin heels and a match­ing Bot­tega clutch bag, Michelle beamed at the event held at Mum­bai’s Taj Lands End. The aim of the awards cer­e­mony was to cel­e­brate and recognise the in­spi­ra­tion of women. The other awardees were Sub­ha­lak­shmi Khan, Leah Tata, Sush­mita Sen, Farah Khan Ali, Fal­guni Pea­cock, Shauna Chauhan, Preethi Srini­vasan (Quadriplegic who runs her NGO) and Jyoti Surve (HIV ac­tivist) among oth­ers.

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