You will compete at the Miss California USA Contest. What inspired you to walk on the course of beauty pageants?
Beauty pageants are a celebration of a women's empowerment, beauty and strength. I love the opportunities pageants bring and the confidence they instill! Pageants have taught me to be resilient, determined, and confident. I absolutely love the feeling I get walking across the stage being able to show all my hard work and not to mention they are a great way for me to raise awareness for domestic violence and help remove the stigma on victims.
What would you advise any young girl out there who has a dream of being a queen one day?
We are all queens, you just have to believe in yourself. The best advice I can give to a young girl is to love yourself at every stage of your life. Change is inevitable and life is always moving forward. The most important aspect is to have a healthy loving relationship with yourself at all your different ages and to remain optimistic and persistent. Success will naturally follow! Being comfortable in your own skin is being confidently beautiful. Always keep your head up princess and your crown will never slip!
Did you face any moment of disappointment with yourself during the pageant journey, and how did you overcome it?
Naturally when you put in so much hard work for one event and it doesn't go the way you hoped you feel a little disappointment. This happened with me more so when I was younger, as I got older I realized you can never lose in pageants as you always walk away having learned something. I overcame my disappointment by always looking at the brighter side of things and never losing my resilience.
Many misses have said that their dream since a child was to participate in a pageant as prestigious as Miss World (or Miss Universe). It it your case ? And if so, why ?
Of course!!! I grew up watching Miss Universe! To just be on that stage is such an immense accomplishment as your standing next to some of the most beautiful, powerful, and intelligent women across the world. It's definitely my dream to one day represent my country at such a prestigious pageant as Miss World or Miss Universe.
We’ve all seen the stereotypical portrayals of pageant contestants, a la Miss Congeniality, spreading peace, love and beauty throughout the world. How do you think you'll make a difference ?
What people don't realize is yes beauty queens wish to spread love, peace and beauty but it is SO much more than that! A beauty queen is a symbol of unity and empowerment for women and pageants provide the platform for us to use our voice to help start the motion of change. One person can't change the world but one person CAN influence others and start a positive chain reaction.
Your favorite beauty queen ?
My favorite beauty queen would have to be Miss Universe, Sushmita Sen. Being the first Miss Greater Bay Area USA of Indian decent, I recognize the struggles she must have gone through and her immense power to overcome them and accomplish her dreams. She is a beautiful representation of a beauty queen and definitely one of my role models!
Thanks to the beautiful Ghazal for the interview. Pageants News wishes you all the very best for Miss California USA pageant.