In an exclusive interview, Nishtha Dudeja takes us through her journey of becoming the first Indian to win Miss Deaf Asia – 2018
By: Bhavya Gaind
What inspired you to step into the glamour industry? Why didn’t you pursue your education in the same?
It was a self-motivation to dream of becoming Miss Deaf World. I was quite happy playing professional tennis for 10 years and my dream was to continue with my passion for this game. However, in June 2016, I had jaw pain which got worse by August. The doctor advised me not to play tennis since it involves intensive training. At first, it was heart-wrenching. Tennis was my life and my whole schedule depended on tennis. It took quite some time for me to come to terms with this. I was shocked and decided in December 2016 to quit tennis, after playing in Deaflympics-2017.
Since the tennis career was over for me at that time, I had nothing to lose. Suddenly I felt it’s time to start something new and trust the magic of a new beginning. It was then that I found through internet that there is a Miss Deaf India Pageant. I told my dad that I would participate in Miss Deaf India Pageant 2018 with full preparation. In February 2017, this Beauty Pageant was held in Indore and we went to watch the event. I started preparing in August 2017 after returning from Deaflympics and the rest is history.
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