Bengaluru’s Beauty Queens with a Purpose: Amrit Kaler

The turning point: I decided to enter the Glam world as it was my childhood dream to participate in Miss India but the medical studies kept me from pursuing my passion. I started working on my dream after my finishing my family responsibilities and was working as Assistant Professor of Pathology. I won Mrs India Beauty Queen 2015, and from there I got a wonderful opportunity to represent my country in United Nation International Pageant and I was fortunate to become the first Indian to win an International Title as Mrs. UN International 2016 among 31 contestants from all over the world. With my continuous efforts on Community work, I was also honoured with World Ambassador United Nation 2017. I did my undergraduate training in Government Medical College, Amritsar with post graduate training in DR BR Ambedkar Medical College, Bengaluru. I have been practicing since 10 years and currently working in a Medical College and Hospital in Bengaluru. My dedication towards my patients kept me motivated to make a difference in society, so I continued to work in spite of my hectic schedule of classes and hospital.

The challenges: Being a doctor, with a family and no experience of the fashion world, I had to go overboard with my coaching classes in the late evenings. But determination, consistency and passion helped me pave my way through it.

The journey: I had two important moments which are very close to my heart; the one when I made my country proud by winning an International title of Mrs. United Nation International 2016. And the second one, when I received Times Rising star In Times health care Achievers Award in January 2019 for all my contributions on community work especially on Thalassemia, Cornea transplantation and Cervical Cancer. The International title came as a total surprise but I focused on my interview and my Indian attire which are very unique to our culture. I also received the congeniality title for the hospitality shown in the pageant.

How has life changed after winning the crown: Life has never been the same. I look at life positively; I feel I have attained a bigger platform to influence societal issues at a larger scale especially on women empowerment by focusing on women’s screening programmes against cancer.

Future plans: My future plans are to continue striving for excellence in medicine and to pursue my passion on throwing light on different issues in society to enable growth of women which is a key component for any country’s future. I also look towards working with collaboration with various NGOs to create a meaningful forum for better health care. I would also love to have a pageant of my own where I can give wings to the dreams of Indian girls who want to showcase their talent internationally.