Get out of your comfort zone

by alumna Kaverrna Nair
Bachelor of Business and Commerce (Class of 2019)

1. How did you prepare yourself to join this pageant?

To be honest, it was a spur of the moment kind of thing. I have always wanted to join the pageant but never had the guts. But when I saw the announcement on the Miss Universe Malaysia page, I contemplated whether I should walk into the audition and give it a shot. And on the last day, almost the last hour, I decided to take a leap of faith and see how it would go. And here I am today, a Miss Universe Malaysia finalist! My journey began with lots of time management because I had to juggle between work and pageantry — consistent fitness training, catwalk training and other pageant commitments.

2. Why did you decide to compete in Miss Universe Malaysia?

I wanted to get out of my comfort zone and try something new. I felt like I had lost control of my life when the pandemic began. I realised then that instead of focusing on the things I couldn’t control, I could focus on the things I could: my actions. Hence, I took a leap of faith and joined the pageant. Secondly, I have a very girl-next-door personality and have always wondered if I had what it takes to be the next Miss Universe Malaysia. I hope young girls out there will be able to resonate with me, the challenges I faced and the insecurities I overcame.

3. Share your experience being one of the finalists.

To be honest, I have been experiencing a myriad of emotions. I am mostly excited because I am in a new territory (which gives me butterflies) and constantly learning new things. I enjoy meeting new people and have made many new connections, especially during my boot camp. My mind has also expanded to new horizons and new perspectives. Although juggling work and pageantry has been a challenge, I am getting better at managing my time and resources.

4. Was there someone you consulted throughout the journey? Mentors or such?

Yes, I have a mentor who guides me on the do's and don'ts of pageantry and catwalk training.

5. What makes you different from the other girls competing today?

I would say it's my ability to empathise with people's feelings and actions. I always try to understand people's feelings and perspectives and use that understanding to guide my actions. Because I am highly empathetic, I have an insatiable curiosity to get to know and understand people outside my social circle, giving me a broader perspective of life. Furthermore, I appreciate people's individuality, opening up my mind beyond a person's existing preconceptions and prejudices.

My advice: “Get out of your comfort zone, that's where the magic happens!”