Miss Universe 2006 – India Neha Kapur
What are your interests and what do you enjoy doing the most?
I am a keen painter and my special interest lies in painting subjects to do with women and Hindu mythology. I also enjoy traveling to new places because it gives me the opportunity to meet new people and understand new and diverse cultures.
Name one person other than your parents who has had the most influence on your life. Why?
No one is really my idol in the sense that no one has influenced my life to such an extent that I ape them. People leave behind examples and that’s what we usually end up following. That’s what I believe in, rather than having one individualistic personality influence my life.
What is your career ambition and what are you doing or plan to do to accomplish that goal?
My career ambition has always been to make sure that whatever I do in life is true to myself and the people I love. My goal will be that in whatever I do I will give 100%. At the end of the day, I will have nothing to prove to anyone else except myself.
Describe where you were raised and what your childhood was like.
I was born and brought up in New Delhi. I am one of three children and have two older brothers who both dote on me and have pampered me since I was little. My parents have always been very encouraging in all my personal and professional decisions. I had a secure, comfortable and happy childhood, and the values taught to me continue to stay with me till date.
What makes you unique and different from the other contestants?
In my opinion, each contestant is different and unique in her own way because each one of us comes from a very different upbringing and environment. Apart from taking pride in being a modern Indian woman with intrinsic traditional Indian values, my strength lies in being able to understand and accept people from diverse backgrounds and cultures. I am a very honest person; what you see is what you get.