A homemaker, a businesswoman and a philanthropist, Devayani Hajare was crowned “Mrs Maharashtra –Empress of Maharashtra 2019” at the glittering DIVA Pageants ceremony held at the HYATT Pune on 8th Dec 2019. Devayani won the title in the Gold Category, amongst 50 beautiful and talented finalists. She also bagged the title of ‘Mrs Maharashtra Beauty with a Purpose’.
Hailing from Khamgaon, Devayani dedicated herself to her husband and two sons, since her marriage in 2005. And in the last 5 years turned into an astute businesswoman managing her three companies. “I always was attracted towards the glamour and fashion industry. But I really got inspired when I saw Manushi Chillar bag the Miss World crown. I would say my journey to walk the ramp began from then”, smiles Devayani. She discussed her dream of participating in a pageant with her husband, Shriram, who wholeheartedly encouraged her to follow her passion.
“I stared grooming myself at home, and also joined specialized courses where I acquired knowledge and updated my skills. I watched videos, spoke with experts, read books, interviews and thus began the voyage towards my personality development. Strict schedules, a balanced diet, regular exercise and dieting, etc. I succeeded in reducing my weight from 75kgs to 55kgs in just seven months, with determination and a commitment towards my goals”, she beams.
And then she enrolled for the DIVA Pageants, the brainchild of Karl and Anjana Mascarenhas, Directors, and the rest is history. “I cannot thank them enough – they have beautifully transformed us contestants into dazzling divas!”, she raves.
Famous stars and personalities comprised the elite Jury : Varsha Usgaonkar (Actress), Zoya Afroz (Actress), Dr Viral Desai (Hair Transplant maestro), Dr Suhani Mendonsa (Director, Yellow Spider events), Rachna Gupta (International DIVA Queen), Kamal Sharma (DOSM, Hyatt Pune) and Karl Mascarenhas (Director, DIVA). Gulshan Grover, the internationally acclaimed Star added his unique aura to the Show!
Her future plans include participating at an international pageant and also bagging some modeling and film assignments.
That’s not all – the lady with a golden heart never misses to spread cheer to the needy by contributing books and food at various donation camps, besides supporting Chetan Savankur Sanstha for the blind. This is her way of giving back to society.