Meet VLCC Femina Miss India Jammu & Kashmir - Ms Ritika Raina

Meet VLCC Femina Miss India Jammu & Kashmir - Ms Ritika Raina

“................I think struggle and humbleness go hand in hand.” says Ms Ritika Raina during a conversation with FashionVeda. Ms Ritika Raina hails from the paradise on Earth, Jammu & Kashmir. Winning the title of VLCC Femina Miss India Jammu & Kashmir makes her a little close to her dream of becoming MISS INDIA. Read and know more about this absolutely charming personality from this quick interview.

FashionVeda: Hey! Hope all is good at your end? Tell our readers about you and your background.

Hi FashionVeda, I am doing very well. Thank you for asking. I hope you're doing good too. I am VLCC Femina Miss India Jammu and Kashmir 2020, and for a living, I work as an Investment Banker with a US-based bank.

FashionVeda: How do you feel about receiving such an award? How long had you been preparing for the same?

Winning the title of Femina Miss India has always been my dream, and I came a little closer to living the dream by winning the title of VLCC Femina Miss India Jammu and Kashmir. It is such a prestigious platform that I sometimes pinch myself that I have won this title, and the feeling is so surreal that I can't express it in words. And when it comes to preparation, I did nothing special. Throughout the pageant journey, I was just myself. For me, I believe that experience was my teacher. It taught me real-life lessons, and when you speak, it reflects in your words.

FashionVeda: We wish you more success. So, Ritika, you look so polished and elegant, please share your secret behind it with our readers?

Thank you for your good wishes. There is no secret behind it. I think I have faced many difficulties at a very young age; I've seen my parents going through a difficult phase in life, and that somewhere ignited the fire inside me that I have to do something for them. So with that self-belief, I used to watch people and try learning from my observation. I learnt a lot of things from my parents, teachers, and co-workers. I didn't take any pageant training, they make you better, but sometimes we forget that the best is still inside us, and if we can bring that out on our own, we don't need any training. Just be a good listener and listen to people and their stories; you will learn many things.

FashionVeda: Talking about your lifestyle, as a child you have seen a lot, still you choose to be so humble. Tell our readers what makes you so humble and down to earth?

When you've experienced a lot, then only you can be humble. I think struggle and humbleness go hand in hand. The more you struggle, the more it will make you empathic towards others. You will always be able to relate to them and their misery. I have always made myself available to the people who need me, and I always try to seek blessings from others. I believe that works wonders for me.

FashionVeda: Ritika, list three qualities that you think each individual should possess to live a peaceful life?

Three qualities that everyone should possess is patience, empathy and integrity. These three qualities are the pillars of my life.

FashionVeda: How do you manage your work-life and personal life? State some tips for our readers to have a balanced lifestyle.

I work as an Investment Banker, and that's a very hectic job. And simultaneously, I follow my dreams of being a model because that's what I love the most. I work my 9-5 job on weekdays and take up the modeling projects on weekends. And I always make sure that I'm not stressing myself out with a lot of work. If I'm exhausted, I take my time off work and do some yoga or watch movies with my family. I always keep myself hydrated, and I mostly eat healthy, haha.

FashionVeda: What is fashion to you? List three fashion icons you get inspiration from?

Fashion to me is being comfortable in my own skin. I wear whatever I want, and I'm lucky that my family supports me. There are many conservative people in my city, I'll try my best to change their minds. I don't follow anyone in particular for fashion. I mostly wear my mom's or grandmother's clothes. Fashion is primarily dependent on your personality; everything will look great if you can carry it well.

FashionVeda: What is your take on sustainable fashion? Do you personally promote it?

I think sustainability is what we need the most right now. I have up-cycled all of my clothes. There was a time when my family didn't have money to spend a lot on clothes, so we used to buy clothes which we can use differently on different occasions and now I think that has become a habit. It would be best if you put a lot of thought before buying it, but then it's all worth it. And we all know the cycle an outfit goes through in a middle-class family. Haha. I seriously don't appreciate people who don't repeat clothes and don't think that's very cool to do, and the Indians do mock people who repeat clothes. And it's high time we normalize repeating and reusing clothes.

FashionVeda: If given a choice between the most influential person in the world and the richest person in the world, what will you select? Why?

Let's consider two Indians in this scenario; if given a choice to choose between Mukesh Ambani(richest man) and Ratan Tata (influential man), I would select Tata Ratan Sir without any second thought. I don't want to meet the richest man, but I want to meet a man who is respected by the world. So I would like to learn many things from him to influence people positively and make this country a better place to live.

FashionVeda: Well on parting notes, I would like you to share one phrase or line you wish people should associate with your name?

I would want people to remember me as "A Dreamer and a Doer"

Thank you so much Ms Ritika Raina for your valuable time. We know how hectic your schedule is currently. We at FashionVeda wish you more success and luck. We wish to see you making a difference in people’s lives.

- By Videsha 



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