Aishwarya Sheoran, who chose to serve the nation over the glamorous fashion & movie industry is the role model that our society needs.
No one would deny that we live in a society that makes women feel insecure about their bodies and looks at every step of their lives. In a beauty-obsessed society, we need real heroes like Aishwarya, who are redefining Beauty with their Courage.
After being a Miss India finalist, when this strong woman chose to clear IAS exam to serve the nation rather than joining the film industry, we just couldn’t stop ourselves from applauding her. Her inspiring story will definitely make you relook at how you define Beauty!
After securing All-India-Rank 93 in the civil services exam, Aishwarya recently spoke to TOI about her inspiring journey from the glamorous modeling world to the nation serving civil services.
While answering how she made a move, she mentioned:
“For me, it was a huge transition. I was participating in Delhi Times Fresh Face and other beauty pageants, and I was also modelling for designers and magazines. I have walked in the Bombay Times Fashion Week, Lakme Fashion Week, Amazon Fashion Week, and for designers like Manish Malhotra. Then I thought that since I had always been good at academics, I should maybe take a break for a year or two and give civil services a try because it had always been my dream.”
Aishwarya, whose mother named her Aishwarya Rai because she wanted her to become Miss India, was chosen in the top 21 finalists of Miss India. After participating in Miss India, she was flooded with multiple opportunities in the modeling industry. But, she chose to take up a different path – the road less traveled.
While sharing how she gravitated towards IAS exam and studies, she shared:
“It’s not that I suddenly generated an interest in studies. I was always very studious. I was the head girl in my school. I was a science student and then I went to SRCC (Sri Ram College of Commerce), so my background was such. And ultimately I gravitated back to my studies,”
Being the Daughter of Colonel Ajay Kumar, the Commanding Officer of NCC Telangana Battalion, Aishwarya shares how the thought of joining the Indian Army has crossed her mind several times. But she wanted to create her own path where she finds endless opportunities to serve the country.
“I thought I should try for civil services for diversity in the family and the ultimate idea is to serve the nation. In the army, there are opportunities for women to grow, but it is still very limited. In civil services, there is no limit to what a woman can achieve,” she says.