Name: Sangeeta Bahadur
College/University: Bachelor of Arts, Honours Degree from Brock University (Canada) in Business Communication Studies
Occupation: Marketing and Communications Coordinator
Ambition: My career ambition would be to become a Marketing Director. Otherwise, I hope to keep the traditional Indian Classical arts alive in Guyana through various workshop and to be a positive mentor to youth around the world.
Platform: Preserving traditional Indian Classical Arts while promoting positive youth development
Special Talent: Bharatanatyam Dance
Interesting facts: I’m a professional Bharatanatyam dancer with 2 decades of training, I’m a trained North Indian Classical Vocalist within the Patiala Gharana (Musical house); I am the recipient of the 2016 Forty Under 40 Business Achievement Award (Hamilton, Ontario, Canada Division); I have been volunteering towards various causes from a very young age, specifically I have been actively volunteering on the West Cost Demerara side of Guyana for the past 5 year with the Nirvana Humanitarian Foundation; I love to paint, draw, sculpt
1.Tell us something that most people don’t know much about you.
I’m a big kid at heart – I love to do impressions and impersonations with different accents. A bit of a comedian if you will. Not many people get to see that side of me however haha. Especially because I do have a shy side.
2. What is the biggest mistake you made in your life and what did you do to make it right?
The biggest mistake I made when I was younger was allowing my shyness to control the things I did and did not do in life. I realized that it’s necessary for us to take risks and chances. You’ll never know if you don’t try and it’s better to live knowing that you tried, whether you failed or succeeded rather than regretting that you never took the chance at all. Even if you fail, that still offers you valuable experience that allows you to grow and learn as well as to improve for the next time and it helps you to gain confidence. Once I started to accept this fact I started going after the things that I wanted to do regardless if I was successful at it or not but I’m happy knowing that I tried and gained valuable experiences that I used to improve myself with, ultimately allowing me to be successful when I tried again or in other areas of my life.
3.How would you describe your country to your fellow contestants?
Apart from the more generic description of Guyana, having been named after the Amerindian word meaning “The Land of Many Waters”, “The Land of Six People”, and it’s geographic location, Guyana is a country that you cannot help but fall in love with. There are so many aspects that you have to experience first-hand to be able to truly appreciate how gorgeous it is as well as rich with history and culture. Guyana is overflowing with natural beauty, from wildlife to tropical flowers to stunning natural wonders and not to mention it was called one of South America’s best kept secrets by National Geographic for having such pristine rain forests. Guyana is also home to the world’s largest single drop waterfall by the volume of water flowing over it as well as home to one of the tallest wooden churches in the world – St. George’s Cathedral. Specifically focusing on Guyana’s Indian roots, we have held on to the culture that our ancestors brought with them from India, such as the music, love of Bollywood, food and spices, clothing, religion and customs as well as have also appropriated that into a Caribbean culture that is so unique to Guyana.
4.What is your beauty secret?
I actually do not have any specific beauty secret however the one thing that I cannot live without is NIVEA moisturizing cream.
5. What is the most difficult thing you are doing to prepare for the Miss India Worldwide pageant?
One of the most difficult things that I’m doing to prepare for the Miss India Worldwide pageant would be training at the gym. Prior to winning the Miss India Guyana pageant, I had not trained at a gym or with a personal trainer before. I was fairly athletic during high school but stopped playing sports during university so having to get back into the routine of working out has been the most difficult part thus far along with juggling my work schedule and other commitments. Also considering the fact that I’m a total “foodie” and love dessert foods – since starting training I’ve had to commit to a strict diet which cuts out a lot of the foods I love to eat. I have to say that my personal trainer, Nathan Heimonen from 5 Star Fitness and Nutrition has definitely kept me motivated and pushed me to be as pageant ready (in terms of fitness) as possible in 4 short months – I couldn’t be more thankful to be working with him on this front. It’s a lot of hard work, a total diet change and many sore muscles haha.
6. Social media seem to play a major role in pageantry nowadays. Do you think this is advantageous to you? Why or why not?
I think social media is definitely something that is advantageous to me as it is a great way to keep supporters updated on the behind the scenes of pageant preparation leading up to the competition week, as well as during the pageant week itself. It’s a great way of being able to allow our Guyanese people the chance to be a part of the journey regardless of where they live in the world and allows me to maintain that connection as well while working full time in Canada.
7. Some people think that beauty pageants like Miss India Worldwide are degrading to women. Convince them that they are wrong.
I do not think that pageants are degrading to women especially taking into consideration how they have evolved and also how women have evolved. To me, women have great opportunities now more than ever to pursue any level of education they’d like to achieve, are free to voice their opinions and have become stronger individuals as well as leaders in many different industries. Pageants are a way for women to showcase all of these things and to be proud of their outstanding accomplishments because everything takes hard work and dedication, competing in a pageant is no different. You have to be mentally and physically prepared to compete and takes a lot of behind the scenes preparation. I definitely see it as a chance to grow personally as an independent, strong and intelligent woman and to show the world that yes, beauty and intelligence most definitely can work hand in hand. Specifically looking at the Miss India Worldwide pageant, I think this is a great pageant circuit to showcase our Indian culture and heritage.
8.Who is your all-time favorite beauty queens and why?
My all time favourite beauty queens are Shakira Bhaksh (this one being the obvious one) as she’s the most well known and successful Guyanese Queen in our country’s pageant history – this alone is something to look up to because she took a chance, entered the pageant and the rest is history. My second and third all time favourite queens are Sushmita Sen and Pia Wurtzbach, apart from both being Miss Universe titleholders, I absolutely love the way they present themselves on stage – it’s so genuine, classy, confident yet also they have a humble aura to them. I love watching them both during their respective competitions because they both look so effortless and are additionally both so well spoken and composed while answering their final questions.
9. What qualities do you feel you have that would make you the next Miss India Worldwide?
Being able to genuinely connect with people at every level something that I have always been able to do. I think this is a quality that is needed in an international title holder as this allows you to remain humble and down-to-earth. Considering that this pageant is focused on India culture, the fact that I have been immersed in aspects of both North Indian and South Indian culture through dance and music throughout my entire life, I feel this is a great advantage to have to become a Miss India Worldwide title holder. From learning these arts I have also gained a command on stage presence, discipline and confidence which are all needed when competing.
10. Lastly, a message for all your supporters at Missosology Guyana.
I would just like to extend a warm thank to each and everyone who has supported me in my journey thus far in being crowned Miss India Guyana 2017 and moving forward into the international leg of the competition. Your support and encouragement has been keeping me motivated and focused on bringing the international crown home to Guyana as well as to be a gracious ambassador of Guyana as a country at large on the international stage.