Hong Kong is lit by an Indian talent
Proud Indian and Mother, model and flight attendant, Mukta Chopra has already won a regional Mrs Asia title and hopes this week’s pageant for married women will bring more exposure in her home city. Hong Kong-based beauty queen Mukta Chopra has been brand ambassador of brand India for long now. Her personality and style has attracted plenty of attention. If she notices the appreciative glances, it doesn’t show. Besides, the pageant winner gets all the satisfaction she needs from her career, husband and two children.
The flight attendant and model, an Indian national who has lived in Hong Kong for 20 years, was earlier this summer crowned Mrs South Central Asia. In Guangzhou, she competed for the title of Mrs Universe – the married woman’s equivalent of Miss Universe. In fact, she has dominated the Far-east region in modeling and fashion for over two decades.
For all her confident air, Chopra hesitates when asked her age, laughing and stroking her hair before revealing that she’s 43. Still, she says, she is proud to be taking part in a tournament that promotes strong, mature women.
“In the past, there were no contests for married women. They devoted most of their time to taking care of their children and their husbands,” she says. “But married women nowadays have careers and are health-conscious. They are doing really well and taking care of themselves.”
Chopra took part against 19 other women in the Mrs South Central Asia contest, held in India, after qualifying by fielding questions about her education, goals and how she could contribute to society. There was another criterion: “All of the contestants had to have won some kind of contest before,” says Chopra, who was named Mrs Beautiful eyes in the 2014 Mrs India pageant.
Since earning that title, she has been hired for many fashion shoots and catwalk shows, including last year’s Fashion Week Dubai. She has donated the money earned from her fashion work to charities in India helping orphans and cancer survivors. Although she has had no modeling job offers in Hong Kong – “It’s difficult to get exposure in Hong Kong,” she says – Chopra hopes her Mrs South Central Asia title – and maybe a Mrs Universe crown – could change that. Despite her modeling work, a 20 year career as a flight attendant, and children aged seven and 11 to care for, Chopra says she still finds time to look after herself.
“I love yoga and I work out a lot,” she says. “I always begin my day with honeyed lemon water. I am a woman, and women are inherently blessed with the natural ability to multi-task. I’m fascinated by my overlapping roles as a mother, career woman, and now a beauty pageant winner. They all come naturally to me.”
Chopra says she probably spends more time with her children than women with a standard nine-to-five job. “I have the option to do short flights, so I choose that. It gives me enough time to be with my family.”
Her daughter constantly encourages her to follow her dreams, she says, and her husband is equally supportive, reminding her: “you’ll regret if you don’t pursue your passions.”
Made to top 5 in Mrs India 2014
Won the title of Mrs Beautiful eyes in Mrs India 2014.
Winner of Mrs Universe South Central Asia’ in June 2016.
Won the title of ‘ Mrs Universe Devoted’ in 2016 in Guangzhou, China
Walked the ramp to support organizations helping cancer patients and children affected by Thalassemia.
Brand Ambassador for brand ‘elysian Desire – Indian Global Diva’.
Brand Ambassador for ‘ Curves Alive’.
Appointed as a face of franchise ‘Hunghomjdjaguars’ cricket team in Hongkong.
Director Hong Kong for’ Mrs India Universe’
Have done a Media advertisment for a company in Hkg
Won the best International model award fm IIFT in March 2015.
Walked as showstopper at Lucknow fashion fest in April 2015.
Walked as a showstopper for designer Aditi Goyal in Delhi in April 2015.
Walked the ramp as a show stopper for the Bridal Raga themed fashion show at ‘Lucknow Fashion Fest’.
Was showstopper for Designer Mohd Javed for his Bridal Collection.
walked at the’ Hyderabad Haute couture week’s a showstopper in Aug 2015.
Walked the ramp in Delhi for ‘ Festival of hope’ in Meera Mujaffar Ali’s designer outfits.
Walked for International Designer Ms Mona Almansuri from UAe at ‘International Fashion Week Dubai’ in Dubai.
Walked for red carpet celebrity designer ‘ John Riff’ at the ‘International Fashion Week Dubai’ in Dubai.
Walked for Pakistani Designer Shahwan Sethi at the ‘ International Fashion
Walked for ‘Le Salon Del Amode’ (Designer bags fm Italy) at the ‘ International Fashion Week DubaI’ in Dubai.
Walked for Italian designer academy ‘ accademiacrlaziono’ at the ‘ International Fashion Week Dubai’.
Have walked the red carpet at the 10th Asian Film Festival in Macau.
Done shoots for Branded clothing companies and make up academy.
Walked for ‘Anju Modi’ in her Bajirao Mastani collection in Delhi in Oct 2016.
Walked for International Designer Amilani from Srilanka, as her showstopper at ‘ Asian Designer Week ‘ in Delhi in Nov 2016.
Was invited to judge ‘Milestone Mrs India International ‘ in Pattaya, Thailand.
Done shoots for Italian sun glass brand ‘Maesta’, jewellery brand ‘Shivam Gold & Diamonds’ , Vinati Jewellers, Pooja sarees, Swaroop jewellers, Mona shroff jewellery , Hong Kong, Sky 726 restaurant Hong Kong, Samudra collections Dubai, The kaftan company Hyderabad and many designers too.
Walked as a showstopper for Singaporean designer at Asian Designer week in May 2017.
Have done shoot in Paris and London for prestigious designer labels.
Appeared on cover pages of some prestigious magazines.
(NITHYA RAMESH: Bureau Chief – Fashion & Entertainment Desk)