Nagpur industrialist Shilpa Agrawal has made the city proud by winning the Mrs Universe Lovely 2017 title at the Mrs Universe 2017 pageant grand finale held at Durban, South Africa on September 2, 2017. The Mrs Universe 2017 title was won by Vietnam’s Tam Hoang Luu.
Mrs Universe 2017 was the 40th annual Mrs Universe pageant which was organised in the African continent for the first time with the theme – Empowering Women. Creating Change. Mrs Universe 2017 featured 84 married women from all over the world between the age of 21 to 45, who are already doing phenomenal work to uplift and enhance their local communities through charity work, business development and global trade opportunities.
By winning the Mrs Universe Lovely 2017 title, Shilpa has become the first married woman from Central India to win such a major title. During her journey at the Mrs Universe 2017, Shilpa performed ‘Lavani’ on the song ‘Mala Jau dya na Ghari’ in the talent round and prepared the Maharashtrian meal ‘Masala Bhaat’ for the villagers to showcase the culture of Maharashtra. At the grand finale, she showcased the national costume by walking in the competition in lehenga, choli, dupatta and safaa. The fabrics used for making this outfit were made in Nagpur.
Shilpa, who is the managing director and CEO of Akash Furniture Group in Nagpur, has previously participated in other pageants as well and made the city proud. In 2015, she was adjudged as the first runner-up in Mrs India globe held in Yangon Burma and won the Mrs Inspiration title at Mrs India Worldwide held in Thailand. She has also won accolades from time to time for her work as an industrialist. Shilpa gives the credit of her success to her husband Akash Agrawal, whom she says has always stood by her.