City girl Akshita bagged away the title of the first runner up Dellywood Miss Mr. and Mrs. India 2019- A week-long event held at Vivanta by Tai Dwarka, New Delhi.
Out of thousands of applicants from across the country. 33 applicants under Miss Category, 51 under Mr. Category and 9 under Mrs. Category were shortlisted to compete at the finale in New Delhi.
Akshita had appeared for an audition for the same on November 14, 2018 Radisson Blu, Nagpur. Mr. Babla Kathuria (Internationally renowned fashion choreographer) and Mr. Kunal Santwani (Dellywood Mr. India 2016 first runner up), were present to shortlist participants from Nagpur Akshita won direct ticket to finale.
The finale was around 8 months later, during which Akshita geared up and started preparing herself for the big event. Daily workout, a healthy diet and tonnes of practice was her life after March. Akshita appeared for her 12 boards CBSE (General science stream) and passed with flying colours. Akshita is currently pursuing a bachelor’s in Culinary Arts from Symbiosis, Pune.
Dellywood Miss. Mr. and Mrs. India 2019 was a week-long event where the shortlisted participants from all over India were mentored and groomed to compete at the finale. Everyday events included grooming and styling sessions, portfolio shoots, learning how to pose, etc- everything needed to get the participants ready for the runway.
All the participants were mentored by Mr. Kapil Gauhri (Indian Fashion show choreographer and director), Mrs. Neeleshwari Basak (Founder and director of International Institute of Grooming and Paegants), Mr. Vinod Ahlawat (Founder of Dellywood) and Mrs. Onam Ahlawat (Heart and Soul of Dellywood).
Professional models walked the runway every evening showcasing beautifully designed garments by top most Fashion designers. This was perfect to gain inspiration and perfect opportunity to observe and learn. Previous year’s winners of Dellywood Miss. Mr. And Mr. India were present to judge, support and guide the current participants – Miss. Ritu Santuka (Dellywood Miss. India 2018), Miss. Namrata Roseline (Dellywood Miss. India 2018, first runner up), Miss. Megha Prasad Dellywood Miss. India WB 2017), Miss. Pratyaksha Arora (Dellywood Miss. India 2017), Mr. Varun soni (Dellywood Mr. India 2018), Mr. Bharat Tirthani (Dellywood Mr. India 2018, first runner up) and Mr. Kunal Santwani. Mr. Babla Kathuria and Mrs. Sangeeta Bhaskar were also present Akshita was asked questions like-CI What would be the one and most important thing you do if you were God for a day? A- I would remove the feeling of hatred and terrorism from hearts and minds of every human being, so that we can have a world full of love and peace.
Akshita initially came in top 17. Further she got into top 6. She was further questioned Q. If you are on a date with a blind man, and you are wearing a beautiful pink gown, how would you express it to him A. I would love to sing a song -Gulabi Aankhein and she sang it beautifully, for which she was praised. Akshita not only performed wonderfully in the question answer rounds but also showed qualities of that of a professional model and confidently walked the runway. Mr Amar Singh (famous politician), Mr. Anirudh Dave (lead actor of Patiala babes) And couple of other celebrities from star plus and colours were there as judges for the grand finale.
Akshita says- ” My mother- Dr. Dipali Jaiswal has been my role model and my source of inspiration. She was twice Miss. Lux Nagpur -1989/90. She pursued her passion as well as profession. She is currently doing her PG at the age of 45, which is amazing.” Akshita gives special credit to her Masi Miss. Shireen Jaiswal. ” I share a very special bond with her. She was the one who took me for auditions and constantly motivated me throughout the journey. Her constant love and support along with the blessings of my family have made me Dellywood Miss. India 2019, first runner up. All this would not have been possible without her. ”
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