Posted on 17 October 2012.
The ravishing reigning diva has much to speak about Miss Kerala. Elizabeth Thadikaran, Miss Kerala 2011, speaks to Kochivibe about her experience being part of the big pageant.
You are the reigning queen of the most sought after beauty pageant in Kerala, how has it changed your life?
I can’t do without posing and being in front of a camera. I am much more confident that I can face anything in life.I wake up in the morning, and I know I am a different person today. I am enjoying every second of life right now…and this confidence has made me want to achieve big things in the next 5 years.
We haven’t seen you much in ads or movies. Where do your interests lie then?
I love modelling and the film industry fascinates me. Over the past year, I’ve been doing a few ads (Real estate-Prince Holdings, I am the brand ambassador for ‘Oxygen Laptops’) modeling at shows, inaugurations and appearing on magazines like Vanitha, Kanyaka, Family Facebook and The Femina next month. I’m so excited. Though I would love to act, doing films doesn’t seem likely with my Dentistry course going on. As of now, I have decided to go ahead and prioritize on my studies for another couple of years . However 2 years later, maybe if a good film comes my way I would love to try my hand in acting. After all, life’s so short and you got to explore all that it has to offer.
Do you think education plays a role in your confidence level, especially when you are into the glitz and glam industry?
Sound Education sets a person apart from the herd. It gives them the capability to think ahead and make logical decisions. For someone in this particular field education can make a difference in cementing the right attitude to carry forward with a successful career. Education makes you an all rounded person-working on your personality and character. It also gives off a certain aura that can only be felt and overall makes you a self-independent individual. I love modeling and would love to do films someday too. But at the same time I’m a strong believer that “looks fade, money runs dry and fame leaves” but “education is forever.”
Beauty or Brains. What would you say is more important to win a pageant ?
It is ones overall personality and how that is projected that to the judges. It is vital that we come out as a genuine and confident person, someone who knows what she speaks and believes in what she says, someone who is beautiful from inside and the outside… a combination of confidence,poise,elegance and femininity. So definitely a mix of both!!!
How has the grooming sessions from Miss Kerala helped you?
The grooming sessions helped me polish the way I dress, talk, carry myself and it also boosted my self-confidence. In short, it groomed me from the complete sportsperson tomboy that I was to a prim and proper lady. I speak not only for myself when I say, that We as individuals grew because of the exposure and training given to us by experts in the field.I am truly grateful today for those rigorous grooming sessions,because it explored the hidden beauty/qualities inside of me-it changed me-and definitely for the better!!
The competition is extremely high in beauty pageants. How do you see it?
Oh there is no doubt about that!! I was amongst so many talented and gorgeous girls who were, like me after the same goal-winning the prestigious title and crown to represent our wonderful state that is Kerala. But at the same time, I am very grateful that our competition was very healthy throughout and always in the spirit of the pageant.
What role does your family have in molding the beauty queen in you?
Without the help of my elder sisters Tanya and Sonya, I don’t think I would have even realized how much I could push myself. Both of them and my mother have constantly backed me in whatever it is that I wanted to do. And I got to give it to my father too!! Despite the conservative background he comes from, he has been by my side loyally and today, he is my biggest role model. You really can’t do much without family . Only they can help you overcome life’s many roadblocks. Their approval,criticism,praises,advice are absolutely critical and today that is what keeps me going irrespective be it in modeling, acting or my studies.
Message to aspiring Miss Kerala 2012 contestants?
I would tell them 3 things!!!
- Make your opportunities, don’t wait for them. If you are truly passionate about it and give it your 100%, the results will show.
- Two, Naturality and confidence go a long way. Believe in yourself and you will be amazed at what is within your reach.
- And thirdly, one should try to not worry too much about the crown. Have fun and Enjoy the entire experience of it all.. Things like this don’t happen too often in life…
- My best wishes to everyone!!Looking forward to crowning the next Miss Kerala on Saturday.