Miss India Earth 2012, Prachi Mishra, says that she has achieved what she desired. "Leaving a corporate job and trying my luck in the glamour world was a well thought over decision because I was confident that I would reach among the top contestants," says this software engineer - now crowned beauty - in Chandigarh on Monday.
While the 24-year-old says that winning the pageant is definitely a bonus, she's also aware that uneasy lies that head that wears a crown.
"Being Miss India Earth, I have to set an example before others. Soon after winning the crown, I have been engaging myself with a number of NGOs and charitable organisations," says this Allahabad-born vivacious girl who certainly has a tough task ahead.
She will represent India at Miss Earth International pageant that will take place in October this year in Vietnam.
Since Indian beauties have failed to leave a mark at international pageants for over a decade now, we wonder what she has to say about the 'beauty jinx'.
She says, "I am not nervous about the past track record. I can't give a definite answer as to why Indian beauties have not won any international crown for a long time now, but I feel that we have to work hard and prepare far better for international pageants since competition is stiff and standards are very high," says Prachi whose training for Miss Earth International will start in the next two to three months.
"I am sure we will perform well at the international level. While Vanya Mishra [Miss India World] is already undergoing her training, mine will start in July or August," informs Prachi for whom beauty is not skin deep or limited to a sculpted body.
She says, "A person has to be beautiful from inside. Beauty should be a balance between the internal and the external."
Replying to a query about her diet, after she launched celebrated dietician Namita Jain's Diet Mantra clinic in Sector 9, Chandigarh, on Monday, she says, "I do not follow a strict diet or exercise schedule; I eat a balanced diet."
"But I have been born with a sweet tooth," smiles the beauty queen, who, not surprisingly, nods in affirmative when asked if Bollywood was on her mind. "Hindi film industry is a big platform and since it connects one with masses there is no harm in trying one's luck in movies," she signs off.