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Miss Diva Universe 2022 Divita Rai: Despite PCOS, I did not stop dreaming

Miss Diva Universe 2022 Divita Rai: Despite PCOS, I did not stop dreaming
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Miss Diva Universe 2022 Divita Rai: Despite PCOS, I did not stop dreaming

When she was three years old, Divita Rai’s mother and grandmother made her the ‘Little Miss India 2001’ dress. She flaunted a DIY crown made of golden colored paper and a sash. The dream she dreamed of in her childhood finally came true, when 24-year-old Divita Rai was crowned Miss Diva Universe 2022 in a glittering ceremony. She is an architect by profession and says that I believe in fulfilling my dreams with my courage.

In this exclusive interview with Health Shots, let’s know about Divita Rai’s journey so far. She was born in Mangalore and grew up in Mumbai. How did she reach this crown despite health challenges like Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS), let’s know in detail.

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Despite PCOS, I didn’t stop dreaming Divita Rai. picture shutterstock

Excerpts from an interview with Miss Diva Universe 2022 Divita Rai

1. How does it feel to win the crown?

Divita Rai: I am very grateful because not many girls get a chance to represent their country on the global stage. To be crowned at the end is a different feeling. This has been my childhood dream and I have been working on it for a long time.

2. What was the starting point of your desire to participate in a beauty pageant?

Divita Rai: I will actually give it all to my grandmother and mother, who showed me this dream. I was three years old when we had to go for a fancy dress competition. She made me the Little Miss India of 2001 with a DIY crown and a sash. That was the beginning of my dream. As I grew up, I saw how beautifully women represent our country. That’s where my desire got stronger.

3. The concept of beauty has changed a lot over the years.

Divita Rai: At the Miss Universe pageant, we always push the boundaries of what it means to be a woman in the 21st century. Many of us have this notion that women should have long hair, they should have a certain type of look and body. But with each winner, I think we’re trying to do away with or break those stereotypes.

I think one just needs to have a good heart, good intentions and a goal-oriented mindset. If you can do that and believe in yourself, then you can represent yourself and your country beautifully. This is a topic we need to talk about more – that beauty is not limited to just a certain number of people. It matters what you feel inside, what you say and what effect it has.

4. You also participated in Miss Diva 2021 contest, where Harnaaz Sandhu won the crown, and you came second. Why did you give the second shot this year?

Divita Rai: For me, it was easy. We only have one life and that is what makes our dreams so precious. What’s the point of life if we don’t give them our all? This year was not really my second attempt. I’ve been trying for many years. It’s just that last year I was the second runner-up.

I feel that despite the rejection and disappointment, I still followed my dream. I woke up with the same every day, wanting to improve myself and give my dream another shot. Because I don’t want to live with regrets. Later in life, I don’t want to look back and say, ‘I could have been. I should have been. Or it was the right time, but I didn’t try. I think everyone should get a second chance. That’s why I tried again.

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5. How do you deal with the pressures of competition?

Divita Rai: I believe pressure is good because it means people have expectations. It makes me very excited to see how I will fare under pressure, as it helps you grow as a person. I think this is the real and true goal of life- how much you can grow, how much you can give and how much value can you create in your life.

6. Despite your dream of becoming a beauty pageant winner, you studied architecture. Was it for Plan B in life?

Divita Rai: Since childhood, my parents have emphasized on education. My father grew up in difficult circumstances, but because of education, he was able to lift himself out of poverty and make us dream big. They always say, ‘Your only limit is the size of your dreams and the scope of your imagination’. So, I really believe that education is the key to give you confidence and gain life skills and not just from an academic point of view.

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Miss Diva Universe 2022 Divita Rai. picture shutterstock

7. As women we face many biases and battles in our daily life also. Have an experience you would like to share?

Divita Rai: As young adults and teenagers, I think we all go through phases in our lives where we try to come into our own. I am a person who suffers from PCOS, and it is a very common thing. One in 5 women face this condition. It has certainly been a challenge to navigate. I have to exercise and have a healthy diet to stop my PCOS from progressing.

This is a challenge for every woman – her body type is different and her needs are different at every stage of life. So, we have to respect ourselves first and believe that it is okay to go through these things.

8. Would you like to share your ‘Health Shot’ with us?

Divita Rai: It may sound normal, but it’s important to enjoy your life. I know many people say so, but how many people really try to be present in every moment and enjoy whatever comes our way? Your mindset is reflected in your body. It all starts with your mind. Just start every morning with a healthy and positive thought!

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