She’s Miss India USA-Seattle-Renton and now sets sights on the next big crown. Young, vivacious go-getter, Mumbai-girl Astika Gupta is gunning for the Miss India USA title in February at Ravishing Women Festival.
Astika is an ex-student of Gokuldham High School, Goregaon east.
There’s going to be a grand event in New York, which will see Astika as a strong contender for the title, after she won at Miss India Washington, USA pageant in Ravishing Women Festival 2018.
Who is Astika Gupta?
Astika Gupta, young and charming software professional, works at Microsoft USA in Washington. At the Ravishing Women pageant held in November 2018, she won a very coveted crown – Miss India USA-Seattle-Renton. “It was a casual decision when I decided to enter the pageant,” Astika tells us. Visiting a regular dance class after work hours, she chanced upon an AD for the Ravishing Women pageant. Astika took the challenge and before she knew it, was at the helm of preparing herself for the various aspects of a beauty contest.
Astika completed Bachelors in Electronics and Telecommunication Engineering from University of Mumbai. She is a masters graduate from USA’s top university, UC Berkeley and now a Program Manager at Microsoft.
Apart from being a corporate woman, she maintains a life full of dancing, acting, modelling and is currently preparing to become a private pilot.
After clinching the Miss India USA-Seattle Renton title, Astika has been a #UNICEFUNITE member and chief mentor at Ravishing Youth Board , supporting the fight to end human trafficking.
How Astika won Miss India USA-Seattle-Renton
After weeks of hard work, it all came down to a simple question that made Astika a victor. Should swimsuit rounds be omitted from beauty pageants?, she was asked. Many would have taken a safe route and answered in the affirmative but Astika remained wise and frank.
She advocated the much-debated swimsuit rounds. “With this inclusion, one can promote good health, healthy eating habits and a fitter lifestyle in young women”, Astika maintains. We are honestly rather impressed with this view. While one only sees beauty pageants as promoting skin-deep glamour and gloss, Astika gave the world a more balanced viewpoint. The one that is needed to keep the scales at par between ideologies of past and future.
With that response, the rest was history. Ravishing Women shone with the sparkle of the Mumbai-girl, Astika Gupta’s smile. And with that of her encouraging mother, Sangeet Gupta. The Guptas live in Kandivali east and the neighbourhood is ready to welcome it’s favourite beauty queen with another title. “She is now preparing to represent the state of Washington at Miss India USA in New York in February 2019”, says a proud mum.
What is Ravishing Women Festival?
Ravishing Women was founded by Menka Soni in 2013 and it has become a well-known platform in Seattle. It is always providing opportunities and encouragement to women and girls to grow both personally as well as professionally. Ravishing Women is a nonprofit -organisation with a mission to Inspire, Motivate, Appreciate & Empower Woman.
Ravishing Women started with revolution to use pageant as a platform to let women have status neutral designation and be identified with their own talent, intellect, beauty and accomplishments.
GHP Mumbai can’t wait to hear the big news, which we’re so confident Astika, the Gupta family and all of Mumbai will rejoice over very soon!