At our February issue cover shoot, the Miss Universe Malaysia 2019 talks to us about how having the right mindset can make you a winner.
To this 22-year-old beauty, joining Miss Universe Malaysia 2019 was like a calling – all her life, she knew that she was getting ready for it, but wasn’t sure when the time would come for her to join. “It was the team who reached out to me and I decided to give it a shot. I knew that I wasn’t physically in shape for the pageant but I wanted to go and get the ball rolling. To be honest, I couldn’t see myself being the winner. In my batch, every contestant was so good and unique in her own way.”
The power of positivity
“We were all pushed but I was like a silent killer. I just kept quiet and played my game. Sometimes, you just need to sit back and observe the noise. I went in with the mindset of winning the crown, not just going in to make friends. So I feel that the positivity that I kept feeding myself is what made me shine. I’m not saying that the other girls didn’t do their best, but I feel that being confident is my number one positive trait.”
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BootCamp has finally come to an end for the finalists of The Next @missuniversemalaysia 2020 ! Pageant week is around the corner and the Gala Night would be on March 5 2020 where a new Queen would be crowned ? I am all excited to welcome her to our sisterhood because this journey is definitely a once in a lifetime experience ??❤️? . . . Dress : @360plus5 Make up : @makeup_miracle Hair : @shawncutlergroup . . . Credits to the very beautiful @_naveee for this CRAZY SHOTS ? I can never do this all without you my Queen ?? See you soon again ? . . . #MissUniverse #MissUniverseMalaysia #MissUniverseMalaysia2019 #ShwetaSekhon #BeautyBeyondYou #YourBodyYourSay
On competing on the global stage
Shweta went on to participate in the Miss Universe 2019 finals in Atlanta, USA last December, joining 89 other beauties from around the globe, which is no small feat by any means. So how did she get through her time there? “What I did was keep telling myself that no one can be me. I am one of a kind. Everyone is beautiful, so why would I look at another person and be intimidated? We are all winners anyway because to be able to represent your country is a big thing. With that mindset, I managed to pull through. Admittedly, there are days where I was looking at another participant and thought to myself, “Oh no, her dress is better!” But I stopped as soon as I caught myself doing it. Because if you feel down, it’s going to show on your face,” she says.
On her personal style
If you take one look at Shweta’s Instagram profile, you’ll see her impeccably dressed in evening gowns and cocktail dresses as it comes with the job. However, she shares that she loves experimenting with fashion. “In terms of style, everything goes as long as I like it. And I like it a bit edgy and different. I don’t like to repeat outfits except for the ones that I really like and my stylist knows it too,” she says. As for how she maintains her flawless skin, this is her tip: “We Indians really believe in the healing power of turmeric. So every Sunday, I put on a turmeric honey mask that I make myself.”
Pick up a copy of our February issue to find out more about Shweta and what happened during the Miss Universe 2019 finals and that incident.
Coordination: Yang Mei Ling
Photography: Edmund Lee
Styling: Allien Gan
Assisted by: Andrea Lashini
Makeup: Geraldine Loy @GLOY Artists At Work
Hair: David Shaw/Hair Menu