Archana Ravi was already a veteran of four beauty pageants when she registered for the Miss Millennial 2017 in Kochi. The wannabe actor from Kottayam,who was crowned the first runner-up, says the pageant organized by Manorama Online and Joy Alukkas with the support of Federal Bank was different from her previous experiences.
Archana says she was not the least disappointed in being relegated to the second position. She is actually elated to see her friend Maria Francis crowned the Miss Millennial. Archana in conversation with Onmanorama.
You have been crowned the first runner-up. Are you disappointed?
Certainly not. I am so happy to be the first runner-up. All the winners in the pageant deserved what they received. I had a hunch that I would finish second as soon as I was selected into the final three. Many relatives and friends called up to congratulate me.
You said you were happy for Maria. Why?
Maria was the best person to represent the tag line, “Face of Change”. The result was nothing like we had ever seen. Maria earned the crown with her confidence and positive energy, not her color or the so-called beauty concepts. Her replies surprised us as much as the judges. I was wondering why I could not think like that. Maria was inspiring. Her success is a confidence booster for many people.
You have participated in four pageants. What makes Miss Millennial different?
The way the winner was selected. Earlier beauty contests focused on physical attributes like complexion, figure and height. Miss Millennial was different. This platform proved that beauty was in confidence, courage and positive energy.
You were crowned Miss Glowing Skin. What is your beauty secret?
If am beautiful, the credit goes to my mother. I never used to care for my skin. My mother encouraged me to drink carrot and beetroot juice everyday. I could feel the change within a month. I never stopped after that. I also eat dry fruits. I feel that creams and other products cannot help you beyond a point. I never liked to put on makeup. I care for only lipstick and kajal.
Your experience with Miss Millennial?
I can talk non-stop about the platform provided by Miss Millennial. Most of the contestants were freshers but they were beaming with confidence. We all bonded from the first day itself. All of us were talented, leading to a healthy competition. Choreographer Jude and others supported us a lot. They patiently explained everything to us. I can do a ramp walk or talk about any topic with ease now. That was the level of confidence provided by the groomers.
You are active in compering as well.
To be honest, I had no idea about compering initially. I was turned back from a reality show when I was in eighth standard. I was mocked for not performing well. I came back to the stage with a vengeance. Now I am doing corporate shows and television programs.
Do you have ambitions in acting?
My greatest ambition is to be an actor. My mother’s family is artistically inclined. I was drawn to acting from my childhood. I had worked on a Tamil movie named ‘Attu’ which was noticed. I am waiting for a good role.
What about studies?
I did my BA in English literature at the Bharat Mata College. The teachers there supported me a lot. Now I want to focus on my career.
About your family?
My father R Raveendran is an aeronautical engineer. Mother Asha is a grooming lecturer in the Aviation Academy. My brother Atul is a civil engineer.