Today we are catching up with Radhika Chandhok, one of the 7 talented and inspiring women from all walks of life who are hoping to be crowned Miss Universe Singapore 2023 at the iconic Amber Lounge during the Singapore Grand Prix Weekend on 16 Sept with special guest Lil John.
So, Radhika why don’t you tell us a little about yourself?
I graduated last year from the Singapore Management University with a double degree in psychology and marketing. I am currently a Public Relations Executive, juggling a modelling career on the side.
We all have motivations, mine usually around good coffee, but what was your key motivation for entering Miss Universe Singapore?
I had never seen myself as a pageant girl, my entire knowledge formed solely by the film Miss Congeniality. When I was asked to join, the same impostor syndrome Sandra Bullock felt had set in, but I am a person who never says no to any opportunity, so here I am. Now I have many different motivations pushing me towards the crown, a chance to represent my country, share my advocacy to end the stigma against mental health and gain a large enough platform where I can truly make a difference. I am so glad I took the leap of faith.
As part of the program, you recently went on the National Finalist Trip to Vietnam at Furama Resort Denang, with the Australian contestants. What was the experience like?
The trip was truly unforgettable. I learnt so much and made so many new friends. You truly gain so much perspective on people from different walks of life. It was so admirable to see the work ethic and dedication the Australian contestants exhibited. I hope to bring some of that in my preparations for Miss Universe Singapore.
What would you say was the highlight of your trip?
The highlight of my trip was getting to unwind at the end of each day with my fellow contestants and just relax. I love meaningful conversations and hearty laughs.
With everyone bringing their own unique and individual flair to the program, what is something that sets you apart from the other finalists?
I don’t take myself too seriously and I am always the first person to lighten the mood. This title is extremely meaningful to a lot of people, I make sure I always keep myself positive and the others around me laughing. It is extremely important in life to be able to laugh at yourself and not let any failure keep you down.
Singapore is a multicultural society with people from many different backgrounds and walks of life. As Miss Universe Singapore, how would you use your platform to bring people together?
Singapore is made up of a few ethnicities, the most prominent being Chinese, Malay and Indian. I am of Indian descent, as one of the minorities in Singapore, I would like to better bridge the divide between cultures. To help people gain more perspective on the importance of each unique heritage in Singapore and to see in the long run that we are not so different after all. I hope to place more emphasis on educating the youth on appreciating different cultures and celebrating them.
Tell us something you’re passionate about and why?
I am a very strong advocate for ending the stigma against mental health in Singapore. Having volunteered in organisations like Bishan Home for many years, I have a strong understanding of just how much prejudice these beautiful souls face in the world.
To finish up the interview we have a few quick questions
If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be?
I would live in Singapore. I love the high-paced life, it’s the only one I’ve ever known and I wouldn’t trade it for the world. Home is where the heart is.
What would your perfect weekend look like?
My perfect weekend would be spent with my friends and family. No matter what we’re doing, I know I will be having a great time
What makes you laugh out loud?
I laugh at anything and everything. This sometimes gets me in trouble, but for the most part I’m just enjoying myself.