While, we discuss about the environment and the contribution of the beauty pageants in the development of the environment, there is much of a debate which people fall into with the misconceptions of “Beauties don’t have brains.” Though not even 10% true, there are exemplar examples to break this myth. For now, the best example which we were able to break this myth is SHAAN.

Shaan is one amongst the top finalists running for the crown of Miss Earth India 2016. Here are the excerpts from our interview which we had with this environment enthusiast…

Shaan109Shaan calls herself a dreamer who believes in thinking big and outdoing herself as a creative person with varied interests. She finds herself as someone who truly believes in the power of consistent efforts, doing good and being grateful“.

Shaan was born to a forest officer and a teacher in Dehradun. She was brought up in Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh where she did 12 years of her schooling at Carmel Convent. During our conversation Shaan told us about how everyone supported her to reach her goals My parents and teachers were highly encouraging in helping me go beyond academics, take the stage and participate in all possible extracurricular activities. As far as I can recall I was a part of everything I could be – from dancing to debating to  the National Cadet Corps“.

During her yesterdays of graduation at Symbiosis University Pune, where she completed her graduation in Media and Communications Shaan while learning about different aspects of Media and Film-making she said , “It has been a culmination of my experiences and education that has made me be deeply interested in the arts and working for social causes, which is what I am passionate about.

We asked her whether she understands the difference between passion and hobbies? If yes, then what drives her passion out, to this she clearly defined that “Yes, I do believe I am passionate. Passion is what keeps you up at night and is your reason to wake up excited the next morning and give your best. It is what drives you and keeps you motivated even in the face of adversities. Whereas to me, hobbies are a set of things one enjoys doing, or is interested to give time to learning“.

0A7A8731 copyDuring our long-run conversation Shaan discussed about her affection towards her family, her reminiscing sentences like “I love my family. My mom, dad and my sister are my backbone and my extended family too has been a great source of encouragement for me.  All three of them have been great examples of discipline, focus, grit and perseverance to me and I’ve learnt a lot from just observing who they are over the years
This just shows us from where does she draw her strength from.

13310632_905326852926144_227790200931320468_nA sober girl, an active commerce student, a media graduate, a social and environment enthusiast – Shaan is something more than an air-bender! Since her modeling days to her Teach For India fellowship, she managed to give a thought about the pageants and thus, was a start. Shaan did her grooming and got trained by Ms. Ritika Ramtri who is a famous pageant trainer.

With girl students from my class at Teach For India
Shaan with the girl students from Teach For India

Her modesty made us curious about one thing the most .i.e. Why Miss Earth?  What’s her vision behind it?
According to her, “Miss Earth India has provided me a platform to work for two things I care for – Education and the Environment – by supporting the causes – Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao and a Green Waste free India.”  She further says, “Internationally too, if I get a chance to represent the country, it will give me an opportunity to scale my reach to continue to work for causes pertaining to the Environment. To be a part of such holistic growth excites me immensely.”

With the simple heart and a habit of counting her blessings, here’s Shaan, changing the face of the modern day woman! We wish her good luck for her competition and hope she comes out with flying colours.




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