Well known industrialist from Nagpur Shilpa Agrawal has been selected for the most prestigious beauty pageant ‘Mrs Universe 2017’ contest, which would be held in Durban, South Africa. The beauty pageant would be held from August 25 to September 3.
Shilpa, who’s the first women from central India to get selected, is going to compete with 175 contestants across the globe. Shilpa was crowned Mrs Nagpur in 2004 and had bagged Mr and Mrs Nagpur title along with her husband Akash in 2005. Shilpa had also participated in Gladrags Mrs India and Mrs India world contest.
In September 2015, she had participated in Mrs India Worldwide and, in the same year, she participated in Mrs India globe, where she bagged the first runner-up title.
When asked about the reason behind participating in such beauty pageants, Shilpa said, “It’s much more than just winning the title or earning a name or getting fame. It’s about befriending talented and interesting people and learning from them. It’s about grooming, exposure and the confidence one develops.”
Former Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan had awarded ‘Best woman industrialist of the region’ to Shilpa in 2013. She was also awarded ‘Women achievers award’ in the field of industry and entrepreneurship by The Times of India and Maharashtra Times by cabinet minister of Maharashtra Chandrashekhar Bawankule in April 2016.
Besides this, Shilpa was also awarded ‘Indira Gandhi Priyadarshini award’ by Congress in November 2016. Shilpa at present is the Managing Director and CEO of Akash Furniture Group.