Multi-Talented Aditi Govitrikar Talks About Her Mould-Breaking Life Choices

Jan 7, 2022, 17:53 IST

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I recently had the chance to speak to India’s first Mrs World, Aditi Govitrikar, who was a ball of sunshine and positivity for starters. The aforementioned (revolutionary) achievement isn’t the only feather in her cap. Today, she’s also a wellness expert, a counsellor and a psychologist. While I tuned into the interview, little did I know that I’d signed up for such an immensely insightful and inspiring conversation. The 45-year-old diva exudes a youthful look sans any fillers and a kind of energy (throughout the interview) that we millennials can seldom have. She’s truly one-of-a-kind not just because of her achievements but also because of her thoughts and opinions that reflect prodigious warmth, realism and meaning. “My journey has been really enriching,” said Govitrikar, as she walked me through the very many phases and choices of her life.

 

How would you like to describe your journey in a few words?

The journey has been really enriching with the different things I’ve done in life. So, I’ve to admit that I’ve enjoyed every bit of it. Yes, there have been pitfalls, obstacles, hardships and dark places that I’ve gone to but overall it’s been great and I just look forward because there’s so much more that I want to do in this life.

 

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You’ve been touted as ‘beauty with brains.’ What is your opinion on the fields of glamour and medicine respectively as professions?

Well, I accept the compliment graciously because it’s not a term that I take lightly. When it comes to beauty, I’m truly blessed; thanks to my parents and my genetic makeup that has made me who I am and the same goes for my brain and IQ. Plus, I do take a lot of care of my skin. I believe in the mantraUse it or lose it’, which is why I'm constantly using my brain too by learning something new. Well, I’m afraid of losing my brain so I take care. (She smiles) Speaking of external beauty, I keep a check on any signs of damage and consider beauty as an inside-out concept which is why I’m mindful about what I consume since that is what reflects on the outside eventually.

 

What does beauty mean to you?

Well, I think beauty has changed definitions from earlier in my eyes (at least). I’ve come to realise that a person might be stunning and beautiful on the outside but once you become cognizant of the person’s deeds and actions, the two might not always go hand-in-hand. And when this happens the previously perceived external beauty doesn’t appeal to me anymore, it disappears. These experiences made me realise that beauty isn’t a conclusion you can jump on without knowing a person (and his deeds) well enough. Personally, I try to find beauty in the small things around us, like I did today when I spotted a bloom of bougainvillaea.

 

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What does your skincare routine look like?

In my growing days, I didn’t pay adequate attention to my skin. I didn’t even know what a sunblock was. However, once I started modelling, I began looking after my skin, but still not as much as I should’ve due to work commitments and time restraints. I didn’t even get enough sleep. But since about a few years ago, I decided that I need to give myself (and my skin) the treatment it deserves and started caring for it inside-out. I keep my system hydrated and nourished through fruits and nuts (though misal, vada pav and samosas are my faves and I indulge in them occasionally), and do intermittent fasting about 3-5 times a week. I also use a water fast as a detox mechanism at times. I use a gentle face wash, toner, moisturiser and sunscreen. I treat myself with sheet masks too!

 

Share some tips for maturing skin?

Firstly, consistency is the key. Start taking care of your skin in your early 20s and it will definitely show up later on. As our skin ages, collagen starts breaking down and there’s a slowness in new production. You can always take collagen supplements, if you so wish. But, it’s important to be mindful about taking that extra care. You can’t get away with murder (meaning hampering your skin) later in life since there is wear and tear everyday and the body loses its capacity to regenerate. Limit your exposure to sunlight, as much as possible.

 

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What does your wellness routine look like?

One integral part of my wellness routine is vipassana. I give meditation a lot of importance simply because it helps me anchor myself because life throws lemons (and it can get stressful) but one needs to make lemonade out of it. Plus, it’s great for the skin’s glow. 7-8 hours of sleep is non-negotiable. Finding your flow, the purpose of your life also plays a big role in boosting my well-being. So, one must find and follow their passion, even if it changes over time.

 

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What are the exercises you indulge in? Why?

Looking after your physical body is important since it shelters your heart and soul. To keep it fit is key and my best fitness parameter is to fit into my 15-year-old pair of jeans. I alter my diet and fitness accordingly. I make sure to address three main pillars of my fitness – strength, stamina and flexibility. I mix up yoga, HIIT, weight training and a walk. 

 

How does a strong wellness and health game help with good skin at all times?

If you think of it, skin is our largest organ, a barrier that protects us. Any stress that you go through, shows on your face. (I mean, you’d have had that experience where someone checks up on you just by looking at you when you’ve had a fight) Stress affects your skin since the sympathetic nervous system acts upon your body. When you're in a flight or fight mode, blood circulation is hampered. So try solving your chronic stress to keep away from stress-eating and lack of sleep that together let the skin heal and repair.

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You won Mrs World at a time when it was an alien concept in India. What is the one thing you want women to know even after they get married?

Though Mrs India had been taking place since 1984, no one really knew about it. When Maureen Wadia (the organiser of the pageant) contacted me, I wasn’t too sure but then I thought to myself, “why can’t a married woman have a place on the ramp or in the glamour world?” plus I was hesitant to leave my year-old daughter. But, knowing me, I gave my best and it was a fantastic experience. I’m glad I participated because after that things changed for Indian women. So much so, that many mother-in-laws came to me and said they wanted their daughter-in-law to take part too. It changed the topography of married women in that sense.

 

Do you enjoy your glamour life more or medical life more? Why?

I enjoy both equally. Luckily, both the fields don’t demand my 9-5 time which is why I get the liberty to do both. I love being in front of the camera and on the ramp as much as I love motivational speaking and counselling.

 


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What does your nighttime skincare routine look like?

Same as the morning skincare routine with an added step of applying an eye cream.

 

Share one age old ayurvedic beauty and wellness tip you want every millennial to know?

The basis of Ayurveda is excellent. Though I’m associated with allopathy, I’m keen on a science that combines both, since both have their respective uses and benefits. Ayurveda is a way of living so identify your body type which will enhance your relationship with it.

 

Since you took a deep dive into gynaecology, what is the one health tip you’d give to every woman across age groups?

Pay attention to your body. Don’t go paranoid but address the signals given by your bodies. One thing which every woman must know is the importance of regular comprehensive full-body checkups. Every woman must also learn to examine their breasts at home, to avoid future mishaps.

 

What are your favourite beauty products?

I love the M.A.C lipsticks, Tom Ford’s illuminator, Lakme’s eyeconic kajal and Makeup Forever’s base products. For my skin, I love La Prarie’s creams and Sulwahsoo’s eye cream.

 

5 foods that you’re always munching on?

I love the packaged diet bhel, nuts and chana.

 

What’s the one thing your hair care routine can’t skip?

A conditioner. It’s a must. And, hair oiling – once a month at least.

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You’re pursuing your second masters in psychology. What is the most interesting thing you’ve learnt about the human mind to date?

I’ve realised everyone perceives the world differently. We expect others to see the world from our lenses but that’s not possible. The same event can evoke varied emotions in different people.

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You were one of the first persons to be associated with PETA India. Why do you think kindness towards animals is important?

As a promoter of vegetarianism, I think it’s important to realise that we don’t own this planet, we’re co-existing with animals and so we need to have compassion for every co-member of the planet. We should be kind to plants as well.

 

What is the one tip you want to tell every girl who has big dreams?

I think everyone should have big dreams, it shouldn’t be gender-specific. One must make full use of their finite time which includes enjoying life as well as dreaming big. But, if you have small dreams too, own it. Be comfortable in your skin, thoughts and with yourself. Long story short, live a regret-free life.

 

We’re excited to see you in Mismatched 2. How was the experience?

The experience was amazing. The entire crew was lovely and the shoot was filled with joy.

 

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