Established in 2017, Mrs India UK is one of the pioneer pageants in the United Kingdom for British Indian and Asian married women residing in United Kingdom. Mrs India UK has successfully embarked on a new journey since 2017 and completed 4 seasons declaring its National and International winners and looking forward to building this vision further in the coming years.
Mrs India UK aims to encourage empowered women to be spokespeople and provides multi-dimensional opportunities to married women in various fields. It ensures learning, development, building confidence and strengthening the bond between diversified cultures of Indians abroad.
Mrs India UK offers extensive training and development to represent British Indians/Asians nationally and internationally in top beauty pageants Mrs Universe, Mrs Earth, Mrs International & Mrs UK World. Emphasising to redefine the myth of beauty by recognising beauty along with talent, knowledge and skills of these multi-talented women, Mrs India UK continues to do so to benefit today’s women. The organisation has strived hard to break down the barriers normally associated with entering conventional beauty contests. The competition is open to all women aged from 21 to 50 and this marks an important and refreshing step forward in the beauty pageant industry and emphasises the contest’s key purpose of celebrating the spirit of beauty in all women.
Mrs India UK 2020 Finals took place in London following strict government covid guidelines.
Kanchan Jawale winner of Mrs India UK universe 2021 went onto represent the UK as Mrs India UK Universe 2021 in Seoul, South Korea which took place in 2022.
Radhika Murthy, Mrs United Kingdom international 2021 went on to represent United Kingdom as Mrs United Kingdom international in Kingsport Tennessee USA, which again took place in 2022.
Kanchan and Radhika took time out from their busy schedule to talk to our journalists. (pls see attached press questions)
Both winners went on to comment ‘That representing the UK titles abroad proved to be a very positive experience, which has opened major doors for them’.
Director of Mrs India UK 2020, Rose Marok 2019 crown holder of Mrs India UK classic from the West Midlands went on to represent the United Kingdom as Mrs United Kingdom International 2019 in West Virginia USA. Rose also holds the directorship (licence) for various international pageants. She went on to comment ‘The entire journey of Mrs India UK has been an exceptional journey for me both as a winner and a director my journey has been so positive and opened so many doors, I would like to encourage other women out there. Women empowerment comes to my mind and more and more women should support each other. I am hoping this will be a platform to encourage this’. Taking Mrs India as a brand to the next level has been an exciting journey for me and my team an congratulate both Kanchan and Radhika for representing the UK.
• Please describe yourself as a person
I am Kanchan Jawale, MRs India UK 2020, 2 RUP.
Winner of Gold Title – Best National Costume, Silver Title – Style Icon
A Dreamer, Explorer, Fashionista, Avid Fitness Enthusiast, and a corporate professional, living in London for the past 10 years.
I am a multifaceted individual who is constantly evolving and believes in having a good work life balance.
Working in three financial hubs of the world NY, London and Mumbai has enhanced my knowledge, thought process, and has changed my perspective of looking at life.
In 2019, I was honoured to be invited by Her Majesty to attend the Royal Tea Party in the Buckingham palace based on my hard work and performance.
• What was your education?
I have done my Bachelor of Engineering from Mumbai, India
I am certified Business Intelligence professional.
I have done my ILM Level 5 – Leadership and Management program in London, UK.
• Where did you study?
I studied in Mumbai, India.
I did my ILM Level 5 in Leadership and Management program in London, UK.
• Your career path, why did you go into this career path.
I had the drive and passion for Business Intelligence and a natural inclination towards Finance/insurance markets. Due to my perseverance and hard work, I was fortunate to get opportunities which blended my Business intelligence skills in the Finance and insurance domain.
I am a corporate professional working for one of the most prestigious firms in London, UK. I am ambitious, planned and a result orientated professional. Through continued hard work, passion, advocacy, and strong leadership skills, I have built a successful career in the Finance industry.
• Please give you full name and age
Kanchan Jawale, Age: 40 years
1)Why did you join this pageant?
There comes a time in your life when you want to go and follow your dreams. I felt I was lost somewhere, busy with my career, job and family responsibilities. Also, I always like to challenge myself to do something different as it helps you to learn so much about yourself.
Luckily, I came across Mrs India UK pageant. I thought, what better than participating in the Mrs India UK Pageant! In this era of women empowerment, I thought I was ready to take that bold step, put my right foot and embrace my dreams.
It reminds me of what Paulo Coelho wrote in the book “The Alchemist”, “When you want something, the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it”.
2)What was the feeling when you won the Mrs India UK crown?
After winning the Mrs India Crown I was excited and was looking forwarded for doing some interesting work.
3) Family support is especially important, how, and what kind of support have you received from your family?
I have an excellent support from my husband and daughter in everything I do. I think it is because we realise “Having it all” means “Sharing it all”. We like to schedule our priorities instead of prioritising our schedules and working as a team investing in spending quality time together.
4) Working full time, what was the reaction of your work colleagues when you won the UK title
My work colleagues were excited and proud about my achievement. I think they always knew I had the aspiration, the drive, and the will to achieve something like this.
2)How do you see yourself fifteen years from now?
15)And finally where and how are you going to use and take this experience moving forward?
Life is but a play of chance in the game of choice.
I think I will always work towards upping my game in empowering women. I never think of life in a set frame. I will continue to raise my voice to make the position of women better in this world. Help them in finding their right place, dignity, and identify their values.
I would like to create a social impact and motivate women suffering from Post-Partum Depression, raise awareness for women’s menstrual hygiene and continue educating young girls, provide career guidance and help them identify their talent so that they can take right decision in moulding their career.
3)Who is the most influential person in your life?
One man’s mission to improve to women’s lives.
My most influential person in life is Arunachalam Muruganantham, inventor of a low-cost sanitary pad-making machine. He is credited for innovating grassroots mechanisms for generating awareness about traditional unhygienic practices around menstruation in rural India. He identified the biological condition encountered by women acted on it. He also created means to earn livelihood for poor women via his machinery which was simple to operate.
4) Let’s assume you won 1 million Jackpot, what would you do with it?
I don’t believe in free money. Though hypothetically if I won 1 million pounds, I’d try to make some positive impact in the world. I see a meaningful purpose in my life. I want to use my public speaking skills to create a social impact. I would like to get connected with the right people, perhaps I might invest time in an interesting project, NGO, something that would have a big impact in our country, or at least in the city.
5)If you had to live your life all over again, what part of your life would you change?
6)If you were given the chance to live again, what would it be?
7)If you were given the chance to change something from the past, what would it be?
It is difficult to befriend your present If you are still quarrelling with your past.
I don’t think I would want to change anything from my past. I think I had great learnings and beautiful experiences throughout my life. Every opportunity be it small or big has made be a better person and has made me stronger than before.
8)If God should grant you one wish, what would it be?
I think if God grants me one wish, I will want to create a rule in the country that would give power to the young girls and women who suffer from physical abuse. I will want to pass a law and order that will give enough power to these young girls and women to fight against these evil people.
9) What can be your greatest contribution to the community?
My greatest contribution to the community will be to use my public speaking skills to create a social impact by positive communication.
I would like to motivate women suffering from Post-Partum Depression, physical abuse, raise awareness for women’s menstrual hygiene and continue educating young girls, provide career guidance and help them identify their talent so that they can take right decision in moulding their career.
10)What will be your contribution to mitigating global warming?
I think, I believe that the contribution starts in our day to day activity. I feel if each one of us do few positive changes daily we can easily save our planet and reduce the carbon footprint. To mitigate the global warming, I would raise awareness to help tackle the climate change, reduce carbon footprints and emphasis on planting more trees.
11)How would you describe your own personality?
I am ambitious, hardworking and result orientated professional with strong leadership skills.
Optimism is my steady source of motivation that drives me to do my best. I am constantly evolving and like to regularly set goals and challenge myself to succeed.
I am known for my glamorous, flamboyant & bold dressing.
12)What is your philosophy or value that you hold dearest in life?
I feel Authenticity, Hard work, Optimism and Discipline leads you to your destination.
13)If you will be winning the international crown, what will be the very first thing you will do?
“Happiness cannot be travelled to owned, earned, worn or consumed. Happiness is the spiritual experience of living every minute with love, grace, and gratitude.”
When my dream becomes a reality holding the beautiful crown, first thing I will Thank God for the honour and thank everyone who supported me, who believed in me and helped me throughout my journey.
14)What would be your advice for anyone who would like to enter Mrs India UK?
I would say, if you feel you are lost somewhere and need to find the identity of your own, boost your confidence and If you have a vision to bring change and help people around you this is the right platform for you to enter.
Radhika Murthy Jakkula
1)Why did you join this pageant?
I want to join this pageant to learn important life skills which will boost my self-confidence. I want to discover the new ME by pushing myself out of my comfort zone. Also, the memories I make, the people I meet and the experiences I get throughout this journey are something which are priceless and I will cherish for rest of my life. Most importantly, it is a great platform to be a voice to educate and influence people.
2)What was the feeling when you found out that you will be representing United Kingdom at internationals.
I was overwhelmed. I felt it was a privilege to participate in such a biggest and oldest Pageant competing with women from various regions. It is indeed a proud moment to be a face of my nation.
3) Family support is especially important, how and what kind of support have you received from your family
My family were overwhelmed. Coming from a very conservative family from India, I wasn’t sure initially if everyone would support me but I was excited to see how everyone passed their wishes and encouraged me to participate in this Pageant.
4) working full time, what was the reaction of your work colleagues when you won the UK title
My colleagues and friends were very surprised initially. They were indeed proud and excited about it. They have supported me in all ways and are inspired with my achievement and are wishing for my success in the journey ahead.
5)How do you see yourself fifteen years from now?
My vision is to spend more time for the society. I have learned how to take new responsibilities as a wife and mother and I am now ready to take up new responsibilities to serve the society. I want to be a successful mental counsellor and at the same time live a happy married life.
6)Who is the most influential person in your life?
My mother is the most influential, motivational and creative person in my life. I always try to be like my mother. The patience, kindness, nurturing, forgiving nature are something which I always want to learn from her. The advices which she gave me and the life lessons she taught me, made me into a person who I am now.
7) Let’s assume you won 1 million Jackpot, what would you do with it?
I would be overwhelmed! I would definitely not quit my job and I will continue doing what I am doing. However, I will firstly use some of the money on a World Tour, which always has been my dream. Eventually I will use the rest of the money to make a difference in the society in whatever way possible. I would reach out to the charities which I am working with and use it for a good cause.
8)If you had to live your life all over again, what part of your life would you change?
Life is all about learning from mistakes and make sure you don’t repeat them. So if there is a chance to live life all over again, I will do Masters which I couldn’t. Although it didn’t impact me where I am today, I might experience and learn more things which would benefit me more today.
9)If you were given the chance to live again, what would it be?
I would still be ME as a woman. I enjoy being a woman, fulfilling my dreams, nurturing my family and doing things which I want to. I take pride in whatever I do and whatever I am.
10)If you were given the chance to change something from the past, what would it be?
If I were given a chance and had an opportunity to change something, that would be stopping Kargil war. This happened in 1999 whilst I was in India and was the most scariest thing I have even experienced. It was heart-breaking to see many soldiers loosing lives and common people dying of threat and hunger. This shook the whole nation. No one wants this to happen ever again.
11)If God should grant you one wish, what would it be?
I would ask him to completely eradicate this pandemic and also any other future pandemics. Many people have died, have died in worse conditions which is heart-breaking and no one deserves this.
12) What can be your greatest contribution to the community?
I want to stand by people who need another person to talk to. I want to help those who are facing depression and mental health issues. This is very common from a poor to rich, healthiest to sick, most successful to least successful person. Many people around us are victims of depression and want to help those in need.
13)What will be your contribution to mitigating global warming?
Most important is educate people about green revolution. I would use Social Media and seminars to voice this out. According to me, most important one is to eradicate de-forestation which is contributing majorly to global warming and promote planting trees as much as possible. I will also promote using electric vehicles, travelling in public transport, stop using plastics, develop eco-friendly habits and the list is endless.
14)How would you describe your own personality?
I am fun and easy-going person. I am an extrovert and very optimistic person who believe in positivity. I am adventurous and I enjoy taking up new challenges and doing something differently. I believe in myself and I take every failure as a learning step
15)What is your philosophy or value that you hold dearest in life?
Be Positive in everything you do.
There could be many hurdles and blockers coming in the way way. The more we believe in ourselves, the more successful we will be. Positivity and self-confidence are key for success.
16)If you will be winning the international crown, what will be the very first thing you will do?
If I win the crown, I would firstly thank my family who have encouraged me to participate in this and my team who has given me this opportunity.
17)What would be your advice for anyone who would like to enter pageants?
Just be Yourself. Believe in yourself and you can make it.
18)And finally where and how are you going to use and take this experience moving forward?
The experience I get in this journey will definitely change the way I see myself going forward. I will take the learnings to my friends and family around myself and educate them.