Think about Indian Institute of Management (IIM) and the first image or impression that comes to your mind is that of typical B-school students dressed in formals and studying or giving PPTs in classrooms. Well, it may be the general perception but it seems that the reality is quite different.
Breaking the stereotypes, Akanksha Choudhary, a student of IIM Ahmedabad, not just studies but is also a model and winner of Miss India Elite 2016. Now, that is one thing we don’t really get to read or hear daily – a national level model making it to the India’s most premier B-school while competing against the brainiest MBA aspirants of the country.
According to a report in The Indian Express, Choudhary participated in extra curricular activities and yet manage to hold the fifth rank among students of the batch at SRCC. While her focus is a degree in MBA, she has become a model by fluke.
After auditioning at a management institute, she was selected to contest in Miss India Elite, which she won last year. “I took part in the event just out of interest. I did not expect to win, let alone work as a model after that. Being a model has groomed me to maintain a fit and healthy lifestyle and understand that the beauty lies in the values we inculcate in our lives. The rigorous routine of maintaining a healthy body and taking part in modelling events has even pushed me to manage my time wisely,” said Akanksha Choudhary, according to the IE report.
She has participated in many events like India Showcase Week and Blenders Pride which involved a lot of travelling and working with celebrities including Salman Khan and Malaika Arora. To maintain a balance between her college and professional life, she minimised her sleep and studied while on the move.
With a prestigious college name like SRCC in her kitty, Choudhary didn’t turn complacent. She, in fact, worked hard to crack CAT 2016. “I aimed to study at IIM-A since I was in school. I joined coaching classes in my second year so that I could have a firm grasp of the basic concepts,” she said.
In September, Chaudhary will represent India in Miss Face of Beauty International beauty pageant to be held in Delhi. She still prefers a management career over modelling.
“I will never quit modelling because it keeps me fit but I also want to complete my educational goals. My dream is to become a niche consultant,” she said.