We live in a world of similarities. That’s not something you haven't heard of many times before, right? It's almost a cliche. Why do we try to be the exact copy of those who have already climbed up to the top of the peak? Isn't it true that if we all became the same, we wouldn't exist as a thinking society with all the varieties and creativity we used to celebrate?
Luckily, there are individuals that stand out from the default. They do things in their own way, without any doubts whether they look strange or different to others, whether they are childish or playful. We are proud to present one such person. And much more than that. We have with us Ayushi Kumari.
TM: Hello Ayushi. Can you please tell us how you would describe yourself in light of the facts we presented? Who is Ayushi Kumari in today's world? You are living in Sydney, but you were born in Ranchi, India, right?
AK: Hello TM Team. I see myself as a creative, passionate and a hard working girl. I am a common girl with uncommon dreams. However, my passion and urge to achieve sets me apart from the crowd. As someone who is focused on creativity, I won many national level painting competitions and perhaps that’s the reason I want to peruse my creative instincts by being a Digital creator.
Yes, I was born in Ranchi, India but after marriage moved to Sydney. It’s been 2.5 years approx in Australia now.
TM: Correct me if I'm wrong, you have a Diploma in Painting and you run your own painting organization “aRt mAnIa”. What does your organization do, are you solo in that project or you have a group of painters?
AK: As I said before, I am a very creative person. I am an engineer working at an MNC. But because of my creative instinct, I established “aRt mAnIa” while I was in India where I used to teach all kinds of painting to kids and adults on weekends. Unfortunately, I had to shut it down after moving to Australia.
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TM: You also tested yourself out in several beauty pageants and miss contests both in India and Australia. What kind of experience do you take away from these events? How did they change you and have they? It could be very demanding in both a mental and physical way. People often ignore that.
AK: I completely agree with you. Being a part of beauty reagent isn’t easy. It sucks you mentally and physically. You must prepare and groom yourself well.
To answer your question, I take away mixed experience from beauty pageants. I would suggest the aspiring participants to talk to the last year participants to understand their journey and experiences before going for auditions for that pageant.
Yes, It has changed me physically, haha. I lost around 5-6 kgs to fit into the vital stat requirement for the Beauty Pageant. It has made me more confident and I guess better groomed.
TM: I saw you love Zumba dance. What does dance mean to you? And what kind of music fills your favorite playlist?
AK: I have a left leg in dancing. But Zumba is fun. I do not necessarily see Zumba as a part of losing weight because, for me, it never helped to lose my weight. But it’s a good type of mental exercise to uplift your emotions and feel happy about yourself.
My playlist depends on my mood. I have a very hectic life trying to manage between my full time IT job and blogging. Hence, my mornings are filled with pump-up playlists to boost me at the gym. My evenings are always some light music- especially some meditation tunes on the background. Weekends are fun and I love playing Ed Sheeran, Bruno Mars, Anne Marie to name a few.
TM: Recently you got featured in Vogue Australia and proclaimed as an influencer. How does that make you feel?
AK: On top of the world however the checklist is half ticked.
My face was kind of cut and my attire was shown, I aim to have a complete image of myself next time (hopefully).
TM: You also participated in a few marathon runs but for a noble cause. Tell us something about that. What was the cause?
AK: I love running as a part of my exercise. I have participated in various 5K and 10K runs both in India and Australia. These marathons help to raise funds that support underprivileged children, homeless etc.
TM: How does it feel to live in a different county, in a cultural sense? Can you use those experiences from living abroad to grow even more?
AK: It feels great to know a different culture and adjust to it. Initially, it was tough but then you get used to it. My husband supported me a lot to get acquainted with the Aussie culture as he has been living here for long.
I believe more than living abroad, traveling helps you grow, you make new contacts, attend different events and learn so much about people, places and culture. I travel a lot and this has definitely helped me grow.
TM: Thank you, Ayushi Kumari for this inspiring interview. We wish you nothing but the best in your future paths.
AK: Thank you so much. I wish I can keep inspiring people with my styling, lifestyle and beauty posts. I am also extending my niche to travel and let's see how that goes. Your readers are welcome to follow me on my Instagram profile.
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