“I am a Marketing Consultant and I absolutely love it…I love drawing and that really translates into my work as a designer. I love focusing on user-experience and creating visually compelling graphics, whether it be Web Design or Branding”
“Being a beauty queen comes with great power, and with that power, I would hope any queen will use it to be a better role model and promote positive change among important causes in today’s society.”
“It’s not important for me to be an idol so to speak, but to be a role model. I am confident that I am a worthy role model because the experiences I went through provided me with the strength to persevere through any challenges…”
“I would say don’t let today’s actions be tomorrows regrets. If we have a talent and we want to share it, there’s no shame in showcasing what you’re truly passionate about. In fact, it takes courage and bravery to put yourself out there and share your talent with the world…”
“Take your negative experiences, and wear them as a badge of honour and inspire other young girls and women that they too, can overcome their struggles and be the best version of themselves they can be…”
“I believe my purpose in life is to make the world a better place than I found it.”
She is caring, sensitive, creative, artist. Her love for her neighbor and passion for leaving a legacy to have a better world make our guest a wonderful representative of women in the world.
She advises brands and companies, and impresses with her professionalism, smile and beauty.
It is an honor to present from Edmonton – Alberta, Canada Meera Patel, Miss Universe Canada 2020 Finalist, Marketing Consultant – CEO of Queen Kong Clothing.
Meera wants to be a model for her actions and this is her first beauty pageant.
Meera gives me an exclusive interview and we are going to meet who can very soon carry the flag of Canadian women, of women in the world.
Welcome Meera Patel !!!
1.- Meera, you were born in Canada, What do you like about your hometown? What are your hobbies? What makes you laugh a lot or does it give you a lot of joy?
My favorite aspect of my hometown, Edmonton, is the multiculturalism. You can’t travel anywhere without seeing a wide array of different cultures and I find it so endearing because I know many immigrants leave their motherland and sometimes search for community here. I’m glad there’s that commonality between the cultures, no matter the race or religion, where we can see one another and resonate with our challenges and appreciation for bettering the lives of ourselves and our loved ones.
My hobbies! Well, I love drawing – whether it be on my iPad or in my sketchbook, it really provides me with a creative outlet that makes me reflect on how I want to convey my emotions visually. I also LOVE reading and watching movies. I find each of these are a form of time-traveling because I instantly fall into a different time and place while doing either or.
What really sparks joy in me is any physical activity with the people I love! It really energizes me and I find it a great bonding experience with both family and friends.
2.- Are you Marketing Consultant? Why did you decide to embrace this profession? What do you like most about Marketing?
Yes I am a Marketing Consultant and I absolutely love it. As I mentioned, I love drawing and that really translates into my work as a designer. I love focusing on user-experience and creating visually compelling graphics, whether it be Web Design or Branding. I think it’s really important to be in a profession/field that you love yet challenges you, and I am so grateful to have found that with Marketing.
What I like the most about Marketing is how powerful messaging can be and how it can strongly influence the buyers decision making cycle. Whether we realize it or not, everyone is influenced by marketing in some way or another and I love being an expert in a field that can influence perception and engagement.
3.- Miss Universe Canada 2020 National Finalist, When do you decide to take your first steps as a model and beauty pageants? What feeling do you have achieving your dreams, your passions and being a recognized woman today?
Funny enough, I don’t consider myself a model! I’ve had a few modelling gigs in the past, but I never wanted to be just a pretty face or body. I decided to compete in this year’s Miss Universe Canada because it’s a chance to bring something new to the table. I’m not your typical beauty pageant contestant with the model height or experience. But what I do have is the passion and determination to be a better role model for young girls today and to bring representation to the national stage. I feel empowered and compelled to be a role model for young girls and women because the statistics show that today’s youth are experiencing depression and anxiety as they compare themselves to women in media who have unrealistic ideals of beauty. I want to empower girls all over the world that they too, can overcome their insecurities and fears and strive for their dreams. This really isn’t about me. It’s about them.
4.- What do you think is the distinctive, unique stamp of Meera in each activity carried out as a person?
Compassion! I consider myself an empath as I’m hypersensitive to people’s struggles and emotions around me and I try to alleviate any of it that I can. My friends notably recognize that any time I have left over food from a dinner, I’ll always hand it to a homeless person when I see one. I always tell the waiter for a to-go box or bag because I want to reduce food waste and food insecurity with those in poverty. Some of my friends took on the habit and I’m happy to see that stamp of Meera in their routine!
5.- Whats is the main virtue that any woman must have to be an beauty queen?
I believe altruism would be the most important virtue any person, let alone beauty queen should have. It’s perfectly okay for beauty queens to use their title to pursue modelling, but the ones that truly stand out to me are the ones that use their platform for the greater good – whether it be body confidence or race representation. Being a beauty queen comes with great power, and with that power, I would hope any queen will use it to be a better role model and promote positive change among important causes in today’s society.
6.- Are you aware of being an influential woman for many girls who want to be beauty queen? How important is it to you to be an idol for many girls and teenagers?
It’s not important for me to be an idol so to speak, but to be a role model. I am confident that I am a worthy role model because the experiences I went through provided me with the strength to persevere through any challenges, but also with the empathy and understanding that resonate with young girls today. I know when I was younger, I wished to have a public figure female role model that looked like me and had a similar reality to mine, but I didn’t really see one that fit my narrative. It would’ve helped me a lot as a child, but as an adult, I want to be that for young girls and women today and guide them to a better future.
7.- What was your feeling the first time you modeled in front of a video camera? What did you feel the first time at a beauty pageant?
It was funny! I constantly laugh at myself during photoshoots because I can’t take myself seriously as a model! I’m such a quirky person so taking on the persona of a “model” with the sexy and serious poses sometimes catches me off guard!
This is actually my first beauty pageant! My sister has been a pageant girl so I’ve seen the journey before but being that this is my first time experiencing it, it’s been exciting, exhilarating and a journey of self-discovery. I absolutely love it.
8.- What do you think about the power of social networks today?
I believe social networks have so much power – the power to connect, inform and influence. It’s very important that we use social networks delicately and selectively, to ensure not only our own well-being but others as well.
9.- Whats your favorite social network?
Instagram! I love it’s ease of use and it’s reach! I’m a very visual person, so seeing photos, whether it be of loved ones, art, or quotes, are always far more appealing to me than written posts.
10.- What would you advise young people who have talent but do not dare to take the next step? What would you advise parents who do not support their children’s talents?
I would say don’t let today’s actions be tomorrows regrets. If we have a talent and we want to share it, there’s no shame in showcasing what you’re truly passionate about. In fact, it takes courage and bravery to put yourself out there and share your talent with the world. Life is so short, and we never know what’s going to happen, so don’t put yourself in the position to reflect on your life and regret not doing more of what you love. You never know – you may inspire someone to do the same.
I would advise those parents to remember the common goal: to empower our children to be happy. For as long as their happiness does not come at the cost of another person’s well-being, we should always be supportive of what makes our children happy. When children find something they’re super passionate about, they will be successful no matter what because that’s what success is – being happy with ourselves.
11.- Have you thought about being an actress? Do you like the entertainment industry?
I’ve thought about it, yes! One of my dreams is to be on a show with Mindy Kaling haha! I love the entertainment industry. It’s such a powerful medium to convey multi-dimensional characters in both relatable and unimaginable circumstances in an art form that brings joy, laughter and tears to audiences. I can imagine it is a fun yet challenging profession!
12.- Worldwide, women have acquired a greater role even though there are societies where they are still abused. What is your opinion of the role of women in the future in these societies?
It is so disappointing and frustrating that in some places in the world, women are undervalued for their worth. I’m very proud for how far we’ve come with women’s role in society today, but I still demand more for my sisters worldwide. I have faith in myself and in my sisters worldwide that we will succeed in achieving gender equality as we continue to challenge the status quo, call for change and showcase our strength to change the world for the better.
13.- Meera, what is your motivation and what do you feel grateful for every day?
My motivation every day is reminding myself of my dharma. Dharma is the sanskrit word for purpose in life, and I believe my purpose in life is to make the world a better place than I found it. It is to spread awareness and activism surrounding causes that are important to me, such as sexual assault, domestic violence, racism, acid attacks and gender discrimination. This is where I find true fulfillment because I know if I leave the world tomorrow, I would be leaving an imprint of my compassion and love behind.
Everyday I am grateful for the life I live now. I’ve suffered emotionally, financially and physically in the past and I am forever grateful to be in a place where I can use my current quality of life to serve the greater good – to enrich the lives of others and promote positive change.
14.- Meera Do you like to travel? What countries do you know? What other countries would you like to know and which places do you recommend to visit from Canada?
I LOVE LOVE LOVE travelling! I have been fortunate enough to travel to several countries including Thailand, Indonesia, India, France, United Kingdom, Mexico, Australia, Vietnam and the United States of America. My favorite part about travelling is meeting people around the world and learning about their experiences while enjoying the variety of natural beauty all over the world. It is truly remarkable to see how different parts of the world are and what they offer to travel bugs like myself.
I would love to travel to Japan and Greece sometime in the near future. I was a huge gamer growing up so I’d love to see that gaming come to life in Tokyo. As a visual, Greece has a mesmerizing colour palette and scenery I would love to explore. I’m also a huge Greek Mythology fan and have studied Classics in my academia, so being able to see the legends before my eyes would have me jumping for joy!
For anyone who would like to travel to Canada, I would highly recommend Banff and Lake Louise. The mountains are truly magnificent and will make you realize just how small we are in the world we live in. There’s something really humbling about that. I’d also recommend Vancouver for any foodies out there, particularly sushi! What’s great about Vancouver is you’re right by the mountains and the ocean, so you get the best of both worlds!
15.- You and me (Jaime William) are going to play ping pong, I will tell you one word and you will answer with another word that comes to your mind.
– Marriage – Love
– Childrens – Laughter
– Love – Giving
– Canada – Multiculturalism
– Travel – Landscapes
– Abortion – Emotional
– Dance – Music
– Sing – Talent
– Europe – Architecture
– America – Patriotism
– Sport – Competition
– Money – Security
– Parents – Smiling
– Dreams – Travelling
– Passion – Ambition
– Madness Percentage – Disappointing Statistics
– Character – Bradley Jackson from The Morning Show
16.- Meera, these final lines are your
I would like to thank Jaime William for reaching out and to learn more about me. I hope any young girl reading this will have comfort in knowing that we all share similarities in a sense. We share the struggles of growing up as a female and the challenges that come with it, whether it be gender discrimination in the household, at school or at the workplace – we’ve all been there. Take your negative experiences, and wear them as a badge of honour and inspire other young girls and women that they too, can overcome their struggles and be the best version of themselves they can be. We can all be inspirational in our own right, and leave a legacy of compassion, ambition and resiliency. Thank you.
Interview conducted by Jaime William Mostacero Baca with Meera Patel – Canada
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