Shelly Maheshwari Gupta believes that positive thinking and will power alone can manifest miracles in your life.
The founder of the Empress Universe, Shelly Maheshwari Gupta, is a role model for our generation. Born in Kanpur to a family of entrepreneurs, she worked hard from humble beginnings to get to where she is today. It is her drive and single-minded commitment to her beliefs that allowed her to excel in every field she chose. For Shelly, the way to success lies in keeping one’s heart free of negativity and mind fixed on positive outcomes. This allows opportunities, connections and information to pour into our lives, leading us to happiness. By sheer will power, dreams and undying passion- Shelly built herself an empire that she now wishes to share with the world.
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What has been your biggest challenge in achieving your success?
My biggest challenge has been keeping a persistent approach in doing what I have been doing. It is easy to start something. It is easy to do something for one day or two. However, it takes persistence and determination to keep doing it until we succeed. My biggest challenge was training my mind to follow my goals.
How is Empress Universe different from other beauty pageant and how would you groom the contestants?
When a great idea comes into existence, it may not seem so different from the existing ones at first glance. However, when we delve deeper into the concept, we find the finer nuances, the threads with which the philosophy and vision are weaved around.
Sure, Empress Universe is a beauty pageant with the message of empowerment. But, it is not just a beauty pageant with a message of empowerment. It’s a and idea conceived with a seed that aims to grow beyond being just another platform that ‘talks’ about empowerment and organizes half baked activities with no long-term impact. Empress Universe is a vision to create a circle which starts from empowerment that knows no boundaries of caste, creed, race, or culture. Empowerment that considers humanity as a whole [community] and respect – for each other – as a collective faith. Empress Universe is created to bring active changes to the society by taking small steps in the beginning which lead to long term positive accomplishments.
At Empress Universe, we strive for our contestants to be well rounded and excel in one field. The grooming is strategized on the same philosophy. Through our international counsellors, beauticians, etiquette experts, and other experienced mentors, we offer our contestants the opportunity to be truly world class. There are four levels to the contest – City, State, Country, and finally the Grand Finale. Till the country level, the trainings are web-based keeping all women in mind. Any woman with basic internet access can be groomed from anywhere around the world. As the levels go up, the training gets more personalized and the sessions become exclusive.
What has been your greatest achievement personally?
If I were to name one thing as my greatest achievement which has brought me immense joy and happiness, it would be giving birth to my son. It was an indescribable feeling. Being a mother, I believe this to be my biggest achievement.
If you weren’t doing what you do now, what would you be doing?
If I weren’t doing what I am doing now, I would have been doing what would lead me to what I am doing now.
Who has been your biggest inspiration?
My inspiration comes from the universe itself. The way it responds to positivity and other emotions. The way it is unbiased towards all things, no matter how miniscule or gigantic they are.
What does the future hold for you?
I hope it is positivity and joy. I hope it holds more strength to embark on bigger visions. I don’t know what the future holds for me, but, I most certainly know what I hold for the future.
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