Posted on 30 September 2011.
“I dream with eyes open because I believe that those dreams come true,” says Parvathy Omanakuttan. This stunning and smart Kerala’s own elegance has proved that sky is not her limit. Dreaming high and working hard towards those dreams have made her stay ahead a winner.
Bringing the Miss India 2008 and Miss World 2008– First Runner – up crown, home she has made us proud. This beauty queen has other honored beauty pageant winning tales too to her credit.
- Miss Navy Queen, Cochin – 2006
- Miss SVKM (Sarva Vidyalaya Kelvani Mandal, Mumbai) – 2006
- Miss Navy Queen, Vizag – 2007
- Lions Club Dreamgirl 2007
- First Ever Pantaloons Femina Miss India South – 2008
How did Miss India and Miss World happen to you?
It was my most treasured dream ever. I wanted to pursue it, initially my dad was hesitant, he told that I have to complete graduation then only I can take part in these beauty pageants. I was crowned Pantaloons Femina Miss India South in 2008, then I happened to see Miss India application, I applied and got through, once I won the crown, I could represent India in Miss World 2008.
How have beauty pageants helped you?
I have participated in various pageants in and around Mumbai and Kerala. I have never taken any grooming or personality development classes before participating in any of the pageants. It has helped me polish the way I dress, talk, carry myself etc. In short it has groomed me from a tomboy to a prim and proper lady.
Could you please elaborate how the line of experts you had after the winning of Miss India World helped you?
I was fortunate to get groomed by the line of experts after I won Miss India World. Hemant Trivedi; the famous groomer, Sabira Merchant; the diction expert, Deanne Pandey; the fitness expert, Dr.Apoorva and Sonal Shah; the hair care experts and Dr. Purnima Mahtre ; the skin expert are the people whom I want to thank dearly for the person I am now.
Would you give any tips to the Miss Kerala 2011 aspirants, to prepare for the Q&A round?
I would tell them not to mug up any answers or even go through previous pageant questions and answers. Stay away from mugging up or doing any prior rehearsals for Q & A round because if you forget even a word in it, you won’t be able to answer, thus you would miserably end – up making a fool out of yourself. Be bold to speak your heart out. Be yourself; throw your thoughts as answers.
Do you think that answering in the language; English only will get you the crown?
I think it is a myth. At the end what matters is how confident and strong you are in your views or thoughts. Be it Malayalam, Maratti, Tamil or any other local language; don’t hesitate because language is not at all a barrier to win the tiara. In international pageants the contestants answer in their mother tongue or any other language they are comfortable in. Hence put your thought across clear and loud in which ever language you are proficient.
How did the Miss India and Miss World glory help you?
It has helped me to a very large extent. I still enjoy its recognition and fame. People recognize me, most of the time when I travel people come up to me and talk. Some tell that I am their role model and they really look upto me. Such words are really overwhelming to hear.
If you judge Miss Kerala 2011, what would you look for in a contestant?
I would look for; how original is she in the way she talks, carries herself, thinks and presents. In short someone who is proud of being who she is.
What is your message to Miss Kerala 2011 aspirants?
Enjoy every moment of the pageant, make good friends, be yourself. Lots of girls craving to be in the limelight try to fake their self. Like; they wear something they aren’t comfortable in, they imitate someone else’s persona or style, they try to put fake accent or diction etc. In my case I never went out my way to prove myself. Therefore where ever it is; you have to be who you are. Not just in a pageant, in your personal as well as professional life too.
How important is a healthy yet competitive relationship among the contestants?
According to me it is very important. The fun time you share with your fellow contestants can really help you evade all those negative vibes and fill yourself with positive vibes. In my case, during the pageant days we used to laugh so much that ours jaws and stomach would start aching. These good times shared with the contestants can free you from tensions. Also you should never be with the mentality, “why should I help her?” Be helpful to others, it will increase your good will. After all we are human beings so be kind.
Could you please share an unforgettable fun moment in your pageant days?
Once we were in South Africa for the Miss World contest. I still remember my first meeting in the bus with Miss England, Laura Coleman. As we were travelling she started singing the Hindi film song, “chori chori hum gori se pyaar karega,” to my surprise she knew a whole stanza of the song. When I heard her singing I stood up on the bus and started laughing my gut out. Even now, we laugh when we talk about this incident. I feel that Britishers are born with amazing comic sense.
What are your future projects?
I have a few in the pipeline. Currently I am shooting for Billa – 2 opposite Ajith Kumar.
What is your message to our readers?
I want to wish them all the very best. Dream with eyes open!