When Chandigarh girl, Femina Miss India 2012 Vanya Mishra is in a mood to talk, she comes across as someone with the enthusiasm of a schoolgirl excited about her first crush. Excerpts from a conversation with Vanya, during her visit to Cleopatra Spa at Sector 8, Chandigarh on Wednesday, where she was present for their ‘Get Green and Glam’ organic beauty event.
What’s keeping her busy
“Since I have to juggle between studies and work, I keep travelling to Chandigarh, Mumbai and other parts of India. My work involves shoots at various locations, leaving me with not a single free day. A film may happen soon, but I can’t reveal many details about it. I’m also the brand endorser of Monte Carlo and Chandrika facewash. For a shoot for Monte Carlo, I would be going to Malaysia soon.”
Life at college
“Teachers are welcoming and everyone is friendly when I attend classes [at PEC University of Technology, Sector 12, Chandigarh, where she is a student of BTech in electrical engineering]. Some days ago, I was having lunch with friends when a girl came up to me, completely surprised at seeing me on campus. She was very excited and wanted to know more about modelling and how she can take it forward.”
“I have always been interested in Bollywood. Until now, my commitments in the capacity of Femina Miss India 2012 were keeping me busy. You have a lot of commitments as a beauty pageant winner followed by personal commitments. But, I will take up a project and you will hopefully see me on the screen soon.”
The price that a Miss India has to pay...
“Is the task of maintaining herself. When I go back to college these days, I see my friends eating all kinds of food in the canteen and that is something I can’t do since I have to follow my fitness regime. Then, I have to devote time to my shoots. Whenever I step out, I have to be particular about the way I look. You can’t just wake up and go.”
“It’s very important to follow a diet. Exercise is also important, but for someone like me who doesn’t get much time to exercise, I make sure that I cut down on junk food. Having fruits and vegetables helps too.”
The other side of Vanya
“For a lot of people, I come across as someone who doesn’t talk easily since I take time to open up. But, if you meet me for, say the fifth time, I will open up. If I’m friends with someone, I won’t stop talking but if we are strangers, I’ll be very formal. I’m still like a kid at heart, and even my contestants at the beauty pageant would call me a baby.”
Love for pink
“I love pink, it’s my favourite colour. From my iPhone to shoes, I love to have pink on me. However, I’m not very girly when it comes to wearing jewellary and accessories, instead preferring to keep it simple. A dress and a watch are ideal for me. I don’t try too many things on myself. In fact, I won’t even put make-up if I don’t need it. I can be quite boyish at times, as I have a lot of friends who are boys and who treat me like one of them. I’m a strong girl and handle myself well in tough situations.”
“My first crush was when I was in Class six. It was a guy in my class who was shorter than me but was really cute. He also had a crush on me, but I never dated him. We were together till high school. But then, crushes keep on changing. I used to always hang around with my girl friends.”
Five people who inspire her
“Recently, after reading Yuvraj Singh’s autobiography, I could easily relate with him as we are from the same city and the way he fought cancer is inspirational. Shah Rukh Khan, who comes from a modest background, is very humble and thankful to people around him. I have only read Chetan Bhagat’s books and he’s someone who followed his passion, which is great. Indra Nooyi, CEO of PepsiCo, has reached a high level in the corporate world, which is a challenging job. Lastly, my mother inspires me, who is the reason behind winning my victory at the Miss India contest.”