‘I Always Wanted To Be A Queen With Purpose’ - Miss Madhya Pradesh’19 Komal Pandey 

21-year-old Komal Pandey won the title of Miss Madhya Pradesh Glam in 2019. Her journey started from being a dancer but took a different path after winning the state pageant. Confident and full of life-Komal is creating a bright future for herself by constant learning and dreaming big.

Here is an exclusive interview with Komal Pandey about winning Miss Madhya Pradesh Glam in 2019, her city Bhopal and the future ahead:

Tell us about yourself?

My name is Komal Pandey, I am 21-year-old. I am born and brought up in Bhopal. Last year I complete my BA in fashion designing. Presently I am working in the fashion industry as a grooming expert and personality development teacher. I also take up projects as a stylist.

A lot of social work activities are going on. I have been teaching dance to slum kids, but it is on hold due to the COVID situation.

How did your life change after winning the Miss Madhya Pradesh pageant?

Life took a different turn altogether. I started as a dancer and that’s where I wanted to make a career. I had never thought of the modeling field. But I received opportunities that shaped my path. I got amazing treatment from my family, but eventually like every other family, it became normal.

However, I received tremendous love from the outer world. I was invited to a lot of events as a beauty queen with purpose. I have attended a lot of events as a judge, or chief guest. So, after winning this crown, life has changed a lot and I learned a lot about this industry.

How does it feel to represent Madhya Pradesh nationally?

Madhya Pradesh is known as the heart of India. So it’s a big deal to wear the crown of India’s heart. Madhya Pradesh is known for its natural beauty and heritage. To be able to promote the heritage of this state nationally makes me feel very good.

You are from Bhopal, how does it make you different from others?

Bhopal is the city of lakes. The water of lakes has taught me to keep flowing despite having several obstructions. The people of Bhopal are extremely kind. It makes me stand apart from others.

What is your favourite thing about this city? What is your favourite hangout spot? 

There is nothing that I don’t love about this city. It’s a peaceful and beautiful place with equally beautiful people. So you can say that I love this city out and out. There are numerous peaceful spots by the lakes here in Bhopal. My favourite hangout places are anything by the lakeside.

There is a place called Mayur Park in Bhopal. A lot of my childhood memories are associated with that place. That is one place where I and my family love to go.

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Did you always want to be a beauty queen? If not, what would you be?

I always wanted to be a queen with purpose. I want to make this world a better place where people have peace. I want a space where we share with those who are less blessed than us.

If not a beauty queen, I would have loved to be a teacher. I have always loved children. 

What is the next big thing for you?

I don’t want big things in life. I find happiness in small things. As for big things, I am looking forward to Bollywood. Music videos are lined up. The COVID situation has affected the career plans for all of us. However, I would love to join Bollywood or the TV industry.

Do you aspire to be an actor like many other beauty queens?

I want to become an actress. I have been planning to join the theatre.

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Any message for aspiring girls from small towns who dream of becoming beauty queens?

Not just girls from small towns, but for all the artists, I would love to say that, if you are good at something, just don’t do it for free. If we do not monetize our talent, then how would we make money? If you do not value your world then no one will. Pour your heart in whatever you do. 

Be kind, stay happy, stay peaceful. Keep spreading sunshine.

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