I Create Experiences That Transcend Into Beautiful Memories – Shelly Maheshwari Gupta, Mrs Asia Pacific, 2017
Multi-tasking is not a skill for every one; and there is no harm in that. Although most women do excel at this skill! That said, I am humbled to bring to light the story of Shelly Maheshwari Gupta, Mrs Asia Pacific, 2017, who has flown above all taboos that restrict one to live after marriage. Here’s a candid interview with her. Might I add, her smile and eyes work like charm!
You are a known face and are followed by lakhs of people online. What type of a person are you personally?
I am a very positive person. Over the years, I have strived to constantly push myself and explore my full potential. Not just for my own sake, I wanted to show the world that there are endless possibilities to do, be, or have something and for that to happen you must start believing in yourself.
I believe in myself and the positive energies of the universe. If I were to describe how I am personally in three words, they would be: positive, confident, and persistent.
Your profile is attention grabbing. You have won awards like Mrs. Asia Pacific, Mrs. Universal Elegance and Mrs. India North. I am sure these were all wow moments for you. Tell us about this experience.
They were all special in their own ways. Collectively, it was an experience which was out of this world. It is hard for me to describe in words. From those intense yet fun filled grooming sessions to the days of final competition, everything truly boosted my confidence, made me push my limits, helped me find the unfounded in me and unleash the leashed. It was a wonderful experience to get to closely know various women from around the world and hear their inspiring stories, which in turn inspired me.
Was modelling always on your mind or did this just happen to you?
One of the most amazing things that I love about my life is that I never make plans to be at a certain place. If something catches my interest, I push my energy towards it and let the universe decide where the journey takes me. Everything else falls in just the right places, I suppose.
The field of fashion and modelling is seen as a glamorous one. That said, you have won all your titles after marriage. That surely means that you have had great support from your husband. Tell us about winning such awards after marriage and is it any different from the ‘Ms’ titles?
It’s true that the field of fashion and modelling is seen as a glamorous one. It is, in fact, the field of glamour. But, that has never put any hindrances in my life after marriage. My husband is my mentor, my friend, and the most supportive person on earth. I couldn’t have asked for a better life partner. Most of my achievements, winning the title of Mrs. Asia Pacific for example, came after marriage. In more ways than one, I can say that marriage has helped me grow as an individual, as a leader, as a woman who can proudly say that she has added value to her life.
You are the Chairperson at Empress Universe. What role do the brand and you play in this industry?
Empress Universe is my dream project. I have conceived it with a vision to create an international platform which empowers and inspires women from all around the world. Just like the circle of life, I would like to create a circle of positive success. Empress Universe brings beautiful, strong spirited women from around the world at one place, where the world is looking at them. This means that they are also being seen by the women who dream of becoming like those amazing women on stage. Not only are we empowering the accomplished, but we are also inspiring the aspirational.
As a founder and chairperson, this is what I do. I create experiences that transcend into beautiful memories.
Something worthy of my attention is that you are also a celebrity numerologist. This is completely different from the above mentioned work profiles. You are also the chairperson at Mystique & Occult Sciences (India) Ltd. Tell us about this journey. Was this actually your long term plan?
It all started with my sole desire to connect with and illuminate the people around me. I believe that the cause for all violence and disruption in the world lies in the widespread lack of spiritual awareness and inability to identify with nature. I am a firm advocate of social justice and human rights activist, campaigns that seek to empower disadvantaged women and children through education and rehabilitation have been central to my mission. The human psyche has always been a source of intrigue for me, thus the Masters in Psychology. My research in this field eventually led me to explore the occult sciences to gain a more in-depth understanding of consciousness and the spiritual realm. I began to exercise my innate psychic faculties by becoming proficient in tarot, astrology, numerology, fengshui & Vaastu. With positive blessings, I have been able to help a number of people with different backgrounds, including celebrities and others.
Life is full of good and bad moments. Tell us your most memorable moment and also the moment that has been the hardest you have had to face.
I have been extremely fortunate to mostly have good moment in my life. And most of the moments that I can define as ‘bad’ or hardest came out as most beautiful memories eventually.
One such moment was when I met with an accident.
I was at my house and the ceiling collapsed. It was horrifying. One of the blades of the fan travelled in the air and slashed through my cheek. It was extremely painful. But that was not the hardest part. I was immediately rushed to the medical attention, where the doctors were wonderful.
The hardest part was once I came home. I had to face people who had seen me beautiful and composed all my life. Yes, I was young. And this thought had tormented my mind. I tried to avoid the people, started being alone. The stitches, the pain, the constant rain of negative thoughts – it was hard to take in inside my then young mind. I stopped going to the social gatherings, parties, or any place where I could see familiar faces. The scar on the cheek had sucked all the confidence out of me. I completely stopped being my true self. That is when I saw the true power of family. Not for a single moment has anyone in my family ever let me feel that there is something wrong with me. Everyone, especially my husband, was so incredibly supportive. I can’t thank my husband enough. ‘You are always beautiful to me, Shelly’, he would say. He encouraged me to not remain inside my shell of negativity and to go out, have fun, be positive. My mother-in-law(one of the most amazing women I have ever seen) was always there for me. She would come to me and say that,‘the scar can never take away the true beauty out of her Shelly.’
It was those moments that I realized that family is everything. And that beauty is unconditional. This realization steered me into the path of spirituality. I can say that this incident, no matter how hard, changed my life in a positive way.
The most memorable moment I ever had was undoubtedly holding my son for the first time. It’s an indescribable feeling, holding your baby for the first time, seeing something so small yet so incredible. I think just remembering this moment makes my current moment amazing.
You, your work and your professional-family balance is sure to inspire our readers. What message would you like to give to them this woman’s day?
My message to women is simple. The distance between dream and success is great. Not many vehicles can take you that far. The only thing that is going to take you to the height where your dreams meet reality is unconditional positivity. Plain as it may sound, hope and persistence are two of the most powerful things in the world. Make sure you have them both. Happy women’s day!
Going back to Shelly Maheshwari Gupta’s interview leaves me mesmerised in her thoughts, in the work she does and in the beauty she has kept intact! She is undoubtedlyan inspiration; she is a terrific blend of her profession, a dutiful citizen, a supportive wife, an uplifting woman and a doting mother! A very Happy Woman’s Day to you!