UPDATE—Though Business student Roopam Plawn didn’t win the recent Miss India-Canada pageant earlier this month in Toronto, she returned better for the experience.
“I expected to have been sad or feel discouraged, however, this experience was the complete opposite for me,” said Plawn. “I became friends with 15 other beautiful, strong and independent women. We have our own Facebook group and continue to motivate one another and follow up with one another’s successes.”
She added: “Throughout this opportunity I learned so much about myself, and have come out very strong and confident. I also get to model for the boutique that sponsored my outfits and they will also be showcasing my pageant photos.”
See below for a piece written about Plawn prior to the pageant.
Thompson Rivers University student Roopam Plawn is days away from learning whether she will be crowned Miss India-Canada for 2014.
Roopy, as she goes by, is one of 16 finalists and the only B.C. contestant, she will find out on Aug. 16 in Toronto after she and the others participate in three points events: evening gown, talent showcase, and question and answer. She made the final 16 after passing an application process and phone interview.
Plawn is a first-generation Indian-Canadian born and raised in Kamloops and exemplifies what the judges will be looking for again this year—a strong role model for young Indian and Indian-Canadian women. In embracing the culture of her parents’ homeland and the general entrepreneurial spirit of the western world, her balance of the two was creating an on-campus Bollywood dance club.
“You should know where you come from. We live in a multicultural society so you should show off your culture and be proud of it,” said Plawn, who is going into her final year of Bachelor of Business Administration.
The club has performed on-and off-campus, with one of its campus performances during TRU’s International Days.
“I have taken the initiative at school by stepping out of my comfort zone and starting my own dance club, which reflects my passion, drive, leadership and ability to positively affect others,” said Plawn, who has also helped the fundraise and organize events for the on-campus UNICEF club. She has also gained practical work experience through TRU’s Co-op work program run through the Career Education department.
“I want to become an entrepreneur and give back to the community by building strong support systems with a focus in mental health,” said Plawn. “I am striving for success and believe I am moving in the right direction.”
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