Last year (2019), Inessa Nazarova from Kazakhstan created history by winning the inaugural edition of international beauty pageant – Mrs. Supermodel Worldwide. She was crowned Mrs. Supermodel Worldwide 2019 at the world finale of the pageant concluded on September 29, 2019 in Jaipur, Rajasthan, India. Hailing from the Karaganda City, Inessa is a model and stands 5 ft. and 11 inches tall. She holds a degree in law from the University of Karaganda. In this exclusive interview, she talks about her experiences and her journey to the crown of Mrs. Supermodel Worldwide.
Q. Miss Supermodel Worldwide 2019 – Let us begin from the very beginning. Tell us about the moment when you were announced as the winner of Mrs. Supermodel Worldwide 2019.
Inessa: I remember every bit of that moment. It was one of the most beautiful moments in my life. When the final announcement was made, I became blank for a moment and then the next moment, I was so happy. I was happy because was able to make my supporters proud. I still remember the delegates from Belgium and Estonia cheering for me. All the delegates were so supportive and everyone was smiling and happy. That was the moment that made me feel that I have accomplished something.
Q. You are the very first winner of Mrs. Supermodel Worldwide beauty pageant. How do you feel about it?
Inessa: It is indeed a matter of huge pride and honor for me to be the first winner of the pageant. However, I am very well aware of the fact that being the first winner also comes with a great responsibility as you have to leave a legacy behind which will get carried forward by the new winners in following years. I promise, I will try my best to live upto to th expectations that have been set and would fulfil my responsibilities that have come with this beautiful crown. I would also like to thank all the judges and people involved in the selection committee for seeing the potential in me and considering me worthy enough for this prestigious title.
Q. What qualities do you believe helps a candidate at a beauty pageant – be it regional, national or international beauty?
Inessa: Most people think appearance is the most important quality that helps a candidate move ahead in any pageant. However, that is not true. Beauty pageants these days have evolved and have become much more competitive. Good-looks might help you get attention however, it is a great personality that helps you holding the presence, it helps you stand out in the crowd and gives you the opportunity to show others what you really are. Holding the presence and showing your true self to others is much more important than getting attention. Getting attention is just momentarily thing however when you make your presence felt and influence others with your qualities, that is the point when you feel like you are moving in the right direction.
Q. How is being a pageant winner / delegate different from being a model?
Inessa: Both the roles – a beauty pageant candidate and a model – have their own key responsibilities and they function differently. For a model, appearance counts more than anything as its your expressions and how you present yourself helps you move ahead. However, in pageants, along with your appearance, it is your personality that plays a great role. They are different sectors of the industry however they are strongly related to each other. Some models enter pageants to gain experience and their modelling experience helps them moving ahead in the pageant industry and some individuals enter the modelling industry after winning or participating in any pageant. Both the sectors also have few common requirements like discipline, dedication and patience.
Q. Do you think it is difficult to be a national representative to an international beauty pageant? What are the hurdles that you faced in pageants?
Inessa: Difficult is the word, I shall not use as it appears very discouraging, I would rather say, it is a very responsible role that a national delegate has to be play when he / she goes for an international pageant. You have to be ready for everything and you have to follow the instructions given by the management. One moment you are rehearsing and the next moment you have to visit somewhere as part of the pageant. It is like a rollercoaster ride, one thing after the other. It is instantaneous and it is fun. It is a learning experience. The most important part is you become the face of the nation you are representing. That is by far the most significant part of being a national representative. It is a lot of hardwork to do proper justice to the title that you carry. I have felt that and I am saying it from my personal experience.
Q. Describe yourself in three words.
Inessa: Dreamer, believer and compassionate.
Q. In your opinion, what is the best way to deal with criticism?
Inessa: Never run away from it. Confront it with a positive and dignified approach. There is no harm in accepting your flaws. No one is perfect in this world, some people are just good at hiding their weaknesses. Take criticism as a book, with every page you might learn a new thing.
Q. Lastly, any message for the readers and your well-wishers.
Inessa: Thank you so much for all your support. It is the time that we support each other in such difficult times. Please take care of yourself so that you can take care of your near and dear ones. Stay strong and do not lose hope.