Alumni connect: Winning never on my mind, it is always, being the best me, says Jasmine Jadhav

As an alumnus of the city’s educational best institutes, Jadhav’s view, as a realistic feminist , is all about truly having it all

pune Updated: Aug 24, 2018 16:59 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Pune
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Jasmine Jadhav, interior designer, entrepreneur, winner of the Mrs Queen of the World International 2018 (HT PHOTO)

Pune-based 31-year-old Jasmine Jadhav is many things - interior designer, entrepreneur, winner of the Mrs Queen of the World International 2018 and then, most importantly, mother of twins. As an alumnus of the city’s educational best institutes, Jadhav’s view, as a realistic feminist , is all about truly having it all.

And you studied from...

I graduated with a diploma degree in interior designing from Jagannath Rathi vocational guidance and training institute, run on the Fergusson College campus in 2008. As a student, I believe I was above average and always motivated. That’s because I pursued my passion as my profession.

And after graduation?

After graduation I had to work under a few architects for some years to gather the experience. I always knew that I wanted to be my own boss and those formative years of my career helped me carve my niche. Later, with all the resources, in 2014, I was able to start my own company, along with a partner. This was after a one year gap from my job, as I had my beautiful twins in 2012. My kids and my company, both were the two most important achievements in life.

Tell us about your journey from an interior designer to the pageant?

I had a very difficult pregnancy, due to which my body and confidence both were on the downside. I was over 100 kilogrammes in weight after pregnancy and was not allowed to exercise for six months due to complications. So, I waited and then worked two long years to shed all that weight and be the best version of the physical me. I believe this was more about the psychological strength to regain my fitness than just physical allure. I come from a strict orthodox Maratha family which never allowed modelling as a career option, so before marriage it was never a chance for me; although I did harbour that little dream deep inside. After my children, I somehow felt more psychologically and physically strong and so, competed and finished runner-up at theMrs Maharashtra pageant held in Pune. Then, in June, I competed at theMrs Queen of the World International 2018 and won it. It just happened so fast that I barely had time to breathe.Winning was never on my mind, it was to be the best me.

What future plans now?

In this field of interior designing, while we make the designs, it is the execution that makes it all real. However, despite skill, the industry does not acknowledge the hard-work of the production crews and I want to change that through the company. Our work model is such that our skilled artistes get their due recognition and the money. At the end of the day, your profession should not be just about uplifting your self, but must also make a lasting contribution to society.

Your message to youth?

Hard work and perseverance always beats talent and the young generation today should not forget that. So, if someone truly has the potential to dream big, s/he should also have the courage to see it through till the end.

First Published: Aug 24, 2018 16:57 IST