Creating awareness about living a “Greener” lifestyle is what 19 Year Old Aishwarya Bedessy lives for. Recently she was KZN’s Regional Finalist For Miss Earth SA and this pageant gave her the ultimatum of not only living a greener and more sustainable lifestyle but to also share this special kind of love to the people around her! I managed to sit down and draw a great amount of inspiration from her, take a look.
Wow, I was probably the most confused child! It started off with me becoming a ballerina, veterinarian, a presenter, an actress, a doctor,a spy, a police woman, a model ,a scientist ( I got that one right ) and a few other occupations that aren’t really worth mentioning!
I always loved animals . Since childhood. And always preferred being outdoors rather than watching the telly. I enjoyed the outdoors because, to me there was always an adventure that had to be done. I was and still am fortunate enough to have grown up with a big backyard and there was always a furry friend (my dog) that was right beside me. I climbed trees , ran barefoot and fell ( I have the scars to prove it!). But, all of this was part of my amazing childhood . I spent so much of time outdoors that it just felt right being there.
A Bachelor of Science in Environmental Management specializing in the Chemistry stream.
Well, it wasn’t so much a beauty pageant as it was an empowerment programme. Yes, there was the tiara and sash at the end of it but it had a deeper meaning and a deeper message to share. The idea was to empower the finalists so that we could go out and empower others, schools, communities etc . And make a true tangible difference.
Wow, so many. As a family we’ve always had some charity drive up our sleeve so, I’ve grown up amongst that. I recognised the same message with miss earth. It wasn’t just about helping our environment and tackling every environmental issue we are faced with but also helping our fellow beings. I was 18 when I began that specific journey and I’ve grown so much in a space of a few months. The are so many things that are bigger than you and you need help to turn these problems around. I learnt that you should aim to make a difference no matter how big or small, irrespective of your age and influence others to do the same. Stop worrying about the small stuff. We have this beautiful Earth and we are blessed with the most beautiful , precious animals..do all that you can to protect our planet and it’s inhabitants.
It is currently still in the pipelines but yeah!. An organisation called Seeds for Life. The main purpose will be to target homes, schools and communities that are in need of food. So what this organisation does is sponsor vegetable gardens which will be a form of sustenance to these people. I hope to decrease to rate of food insecurity through this. There are schools who give learners a meal a day and this is sometimes the only meal these kids receive. The veges from these gardens can also be sold off and money gained will go to these communities. Hopefully, this will take off completely by the end of 2014.
With Signature Cosmetics,the main purpose was to find a face for the brand itself. This brand is amazing and does wonders. It is affordable and looks great on any skin! I would love to see Signature get into more CSI initiatives and that is something I will try to encourage.
I think it’s just the way I am. I am so afraid of mediocrity and that is something I would never want. I have so many goals and dreams and I know in order for them to become a reality I need to work extra hard at it. You need to be an all rounder and have a bit of fun as well. But the biggest thing and probably most important is to leave a legacy . You asked me what drives me. The strongest driving force is that majority of our country lives in poverty. But here I am. A person who has grown up with a silver spoon in her mouth. Only because I was fortunate enough for this to happen to me. How can I sit back in “luxury” when my own people suffer. That is my driving force. People who deserve the best, kids who should have grown up the way I did but were neglected or abandoned. Do it for them. Do it for your people and do it selflessly.
I am going to tackle Miss Mamelodi Sundowns. I am so excited about this. It combines my love for Soccer and helping others ( their CSI Initiatives are amazing!). To be a part of that family really will be a dream come true.
As cliché as this sounds. .. plant a tree!A single tree absorbs a ton of CO2 in its lifetime. Encourage car pooling. Try and practice Reducing, Re using and Re cycling I find that this is extremely effective. Replace your light bulbs at home with Compact Fluorescent bulbs. They are more environmentally friendly…
Nothing comes to you just by hoping. You have to work extremely hard. Your education is the only thing that cannot be taken away from you . I cannot stress on this more. Get your degree first and then pursue other things or continue with your education during your pursuits.Beauty fades with age and at the end of the day people will remember you for the good you do and not for how you look. There are thousands of people that want the same thing as you. What makes you different is the amount of work you out into your “wants”.In order to work hard you need to have a passion for the things you want to achieve because that will be your main driving force.
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