City’s Shilpa Agrawal is ‘Mrs Universe Lovely 2017’

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 04 Sep 2017 10:05:49


Staff Reporter,

Well-known industrialist of region Shilpa Agrawal has won the very prestigious ‘Mrs Universe Lovely 2017’ title at Durban, South Africa. ‘Mrs Universe’ is the most prestigious beauty pageant for married women. This year’s theme was “Empowering Women. Creating Change.” Shilpa created history by becoming first women from Central India to win this coveted title at ‘Mrs Universe 2017’. The grand finale of the prestigious event was held at beautiful coastal city of Durban, South Africa, on September 2.


‘Mrs Universe Durban 2017’ was the 40th Annual Mrs Universe pageant which was organised in African continent for the first time. ‘Mrs Universe 2017’ featured 184 married women from all over the world between the age of 21 and 45 years who are already doing phenomenal work to uplift and enhance their local communities through charity work, business development and global trade opportunities. Unlike any pageant, ‘Mrs Universe’ is purpose-driven, highlighting real concerns and areas for positive change. Many of the participants were renowned fashion models, movie and TV stars, social workers, entrepreneurs, professionals in there respected countries.


Interestingly, many of the participants had earlier participated in prestigious beauty pageants like Miss Universe, Miss United Continents, Miss World, Miss Asia Pacific, Miss Earth, Miss Asia, Miss Africa, Miss Europe and others.


Shilpa has given entire credit of her success to her husband and noted industrialist Akash Agrawal who always supported her and stood with her like a rock in her all her ups and down in life.

Shilpa’s lavani performance widely appreciated
‘Mrs Universe’ started with a bang for Shilpa Agrawal-spending the day at uShaka Marine World and enjoyed all the experiences this marine world has to offer. She also participated in Women and Children’s rights special social upliftment programme for ‘Mrs Universe 2017’. This theme was set to inspire contestants to create positive change in their respective countries, with a specific focus on Domestic Violence.


Shilpa got unique opportunity of presenting her life story and how she overcame so many odds to be successful today and how she is motivating others to excel in life without being bogged down by difficulties.


Next day, Shilpa got an opportunity to savour the taste and feel the rhythm of Africa when she along with other participants visited the Phezulu Safari Park. Later, to celebrate the culture of different countries participating in the ‘Mrs Universe 2017’, a talent show was organised. Shilpa Agrawal enthralled everybody by presenting a beautiful dance on famous Marathi lavani ‘Mala jau dya na ghari ata wajle kee bara’ to showcase culture of India and Maharashtra, wearing a very beautiful lavani dress.


Shilpa also joined the ‘Mrs Universe 2017’ social upliftment visit to renowned and respected LIV village where she along with others had house mothers’ afternoon off and cooked and prepared a meal for the village. Shilpa prepared a Maharashtrian meal of ‘Masala Bhaat’ for all villagers which was enjoyed by all.


Ladies Evening was presented in partnership with The Ladies Club Durban where fashion show was organised showcasing local fashion designers talent. Shilpa wore a beautiful beige-colour evening gown designed by local designer.

Award winning attire was made in Nagpur


The ‘Mrs Universe 2017’ final took place on September 2 at a very grand International Convention Centre Durban. Every contestant showcased her own National Costume and Shilpa’s attire-Lehenga Choli Dupatta and Saffa- was applauded by all. The fabrics used in making this outfit was made on Nagpur Handlooms using silk threads produced locally in the Nagpur region by the Ministry of Textiles. These looms and the style of weaving used here are almost on the verge of extinction. The purpose of wearing this unique dress which was designed by Nidhi Gandhi and material was provided by Maharashtra Government’s enterprise ‘Indrayani’ was to revive this wonderful dying art and to give it new lease of life by giving it international marketing exposure.

Amazing journey, from a shy girl to a leading industrialist

Shilpa was crowned with most coveted lovely Mrs Universe 2017, not only her glamour and beauty but also for her inspirational journey from a very young married uneducated girl who tried to commit suicide to a leading industrialist of region who is also doing great women upliftment work in Central India.


Shilpa Agrawal at present is Managing director and CEO of Akash furniture group, one of the largest manufacturer, wholesaler and retailer or all kinds of furniture in Central India. Shilpa is in this business since the year 2000 and is one of the very few lady industrialists in entire Central India. She has also won Best Lady Industrialist of Region at the hands of then Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan.
Shilpa has earlier won first runners up in Mrs India Globe 2015 and also Mrs Inspiration at Mrs India Worldwide at Yangon, Burma and Thailand.

‘More women from smaller cities should participate’

After winning the prestigious Mrs Universe Lovely 2017, a visibly elated Shilpa Agrawal hoped that more and more women from Tier-II and Tier-III cities like Nagpur should participate in this type of pageants and show they have it in them. when asked about why she participate