Akanksha means aspirations and the city-based girl has taken the stride to fulfil one of her desires. She has emerged as an inspiration to emulate for every girl, who wants to achieve their dreams in life, but have inhibitions. The City Stuff recently caught up with Akanksha Gupta, who was adjudged 1st runner-up in the prestigious Miss India Curvy-2020. Excerpts:
Tell us something about yourself?
Hi, I am Akanksha, born and raised in Jaipur. I’m currently working with Mast Global for Victoria’s Secret, Bangalore. I am a computer science engineer by education and a micro fashion and a lifestyle influencer by passion. I make fun fashion videos on body positivity and empower people to love themselves regardless of their shape or size. I believe beauty comes in all shapes and sizes.
And yes, now I am – Ms India Curvy 2020’s 1st Runner up, looking for more opportunities in the field.
Who inspired you to join the prestigious contest?
I believe self-motivation drives me to achieve things in my day-to-day life. But achieving these successes, small or big, would not be possible without the support of my parents, especially my mother. She has been the backbone of my strength, heart in my passion and brain in following my dreams.
How has your life changed after being amongst the winners?
I really enjoyed the paparazzi attention while being crowned as the 1st Runner Up at Ms India Curvy. That feeling was magical. I felt like my dream has come true.
In my heart, I celebrated that moment the most.
With this achievement, I am now being recognized a lot more, and I can network with a wider audience than before. I can present myself better in front of a large audience. However, my personal life hasn’t changed much. My family and friends are proud of me. I see the pride in my parents’ eyes, which is very satisfying.
What was your daily routine?
Every day waking up at 6:30 is a struggle for me, as I am not at all a morning person. I wake up this early because my office starts at 7:30 AM
So, I am always in a hurry to catch my cab. On the way, I read a bit of news and around 8:30 AM I have my breakfast. My office closes at 4:30 PM.
In the evening, I go dancing or swimming, as these are my hobbies and gives me peace and reduce my stress.
On weekends, I generally spend shooting for brands or end up attending events. Also, I manage time to chill and party with my friends too.
The fashion industry requires you to look prim and proper, for which I follow a strict skincare regime and drink 4-5 litres of water every day. Eating healthy is also essential.
What’s your advice to girls who want to make a career in modelling?
Believe in yourself and be ready to face hardships in achieving the goal. Based on my experience, if you dream to be successful in this industry, choose the right set of mentors in the industry.
Work towards your goals every day, it may start small, but you have to be consistent. A lot of people think it’s effortless and jump into it and quit when they don’t see immediate results. The trick is to be consistent, even if it means taking small steps. Gradually you meet more people and find opportunities that accelerate your growth.
What are your future plans?
I was looking for a platform through which I could influence people to love themselves regardless of their sizes and shapes. It has a stronger impact on a wider audience.
I not only wanted a platform like Ms India Curvy to get fame or paparazzi for myself but also wanted to represent and empower women of my size and shape, who have often pushed aside because of their appearance. It causes demotivation and confidence issues.
I want to walk the ramp for talented and amazing designers and brands. I want to work with brands as their model.
I will continue to influence people and create fun content by collaborating with brands.
One myth that people blindly believe in the fashion and lifestyle industry is that it is ruled by size zero figures. I want to debunk this stereotypical mindset and want to show my community a realistic view of people. I want people to be more inclusive of all shapes and sizes.
The City Stuff extends wishes to Akanksha for all her future endeavours.