Congratulations MRS. SHIPRA SHARMA from United Kingdom for being the Finalist of Mrs India International Queen 2021! Let’s know more about her! We interviewed Mrs. Shipra and here are her amazing answers:
Name: Shipra Sharma
Profession: IT Project Manager
Location: Northampton, United Kingdom
Strength: Perseverance and Empathy
Weakness: Overthinking and being Over-emotional sometimes
Likes: Travelling, adventure sports, binge watching my favourite movies, fitness freak (bootcamps etc) and writing (poems & short stories)
Dislikes: Manipulation and dishonesty
Tell us about your family: I’m married to a wonderful man for 11 years now and we have a lovely 2-year-old son.
Quotes that describe you/ keep you going, motivates you.
“The biggest adventure you can take is to live the life of your dreams.” (Oprah Winfrey)
“Turn your wounds into wisdom.” (Oprah Winfrey)
“Go the extra mile, it’s never crowded.” (Jay Shetty)
Achievements/ Anything you are proud of yourself.
I’ve always considered my life as work in progress. Having said that I always wanted to do my master’s in business and build my career where I could utilize my personal and professional credentials. I’ve worked hard for that and by god’s grace I’m doing what I always wanted to in my professional sphere.
Personally, I’m proud of the fact that I’ve been able to return to my fitness the way I was before my son was born. It was a long road of keeping my diet in control and working harder in the boot camp sessions. And I’ve become a much more patient and calmer person ever since my son was born as well. I feel more grounded and present in the moment. This has helped me deal with my weakness of overthinking to some extent as my hands are full around my son and we both together enjoy and make the most of the present.
What is Women Empowerment according to you?
To believe in myself is the first step towards empowering my abilities, bringing my dreams to life, and giving my 100 percent towards achieving it.
In general, women need to start believing in themselves to an extent they are ready to break the glass ceiling of whatever they have heard, seen, or experienced in their lives.
Empowerment might mean different to each one of us. The power to make that choice and take responsibility for it no matter what comes your way is being empowered in my opinion.
Not to forget, being a woman and supporting women is equally important be it in your family household, workplace, friends or anywhere for empowerment to shine in its true sense.
Message for the society:
This pandemic has brought into light the importance of mental wellbeing. There are scores of people who have suffered in silence be it loneliness or depression. There has always been a taboo about speaking up when it comes to mental health. When there is a physical ailment, we go to a doctor but when it comes to mental health, we are hesitant and pretend everything is fine or it will go away on its own.
My message to the society is its ok not to be ok. There is no shame in seeking help when we need it the most be it from friends, family, or mental health professionals.
This world will be a much better place if we stop judging people and try putting ourselves in their shoes and be empathetic not sympathetic towards them.
How will you give back to society after becoming a Queen?
I consider myself blessed with the best in life but at the same time not everyone has that privilege and there is always a lot to do to make this world a better place to live in. I’ve always believed in giving back to the society and currently I actively contribute towards WWF (World Wildlife Fund) and guide dogs association. Fitness being my passion, I’ve participated in charity runs raising funds for breast cancer and hospice.
After becoming a Queen, I would like to be an ambassador in supporting social causes such as raising awareness and importance of girl education as I feel educating every girl means raising future independent and empowered women.
Also, I’ve always felt strongly against the social evil of female infanticide and my plan is to utilize this platform to explore and support organisations helping to prevent this.
Why have you participated in Mrs India International Queen?
I’ve always dreamt to be on such a platform which I believe will help me immensely in my overall development be it personality, confidence, communication and many more.
Being a part of this pageant will give me an opportunity to promote the Indian culture I’ve grown up with and which I’m very proud of. It will also give me a platform to give back to the society.
This pageant will also be a step outside my comfort zone and trying something completely new will give me a chance to learn a lot about myself and about things I had never known, be it ramp walking on the stage, presenting myself in front of a large audience or showcasing my talent in the best possible way.