Ques. Who will you be getting training from, for the Pageants?
Ans. Meenakshi Mathur has been in the fashion industry for last 24 years. After her stint at Femina Miss India in 1997, Ford Supermodel in 2000, she went on to do TV Commercials, Print ads as well as Ramp shows. This exposed her to vast experience in all the arenas of modelling. As a Master of Ceremony she hosted over 500 events and went on to win the Best Anchor of India award in 2012. She is now mentoring pageant aspirants at her own academy after winning Mrs India and subsequently Mrs Universe Famous in 2016. Rohit Sharma, who is a Certified Image Consultant from USA, would also be imparting training along with her. He will be chiefly taking care of the Pageant Wardrobe & all your accessories.
Ques. What does the Pageant training comprise of? How do the organizations approach you for training the contestants?
Ans. Star Steps India is dedicated to serve in the field of personality development, image consultancy, pageant and model training. For the pageant we cover all the requirements like, posture training, right eye contact, perfect gait and ramp walk, introduction, question and answer, personal interview, make up, posing for the camera, selection of wardrobe according to skin and body type, hair and eye brow styling, fitness and diet consultation.
Ques. Who have been great achievers from Star Steps India , giving us the glimpse of trained candidates.
Ans. Sharad kelkar won the title of Mr. Photogenic and is a well known TV/Movie actor & voice over artist too. Kajal jain won Miss beautiful hair at Femina Miss India, she is also a TV/Movie actor. Meetender Meeth Singh won RuBaru Mr. India and represented India at Mr United Continents 2017 at Phillipines. He secured the First Runners Up title and also a sub title of Mr. Photogenic. Tanya Mittal represented India at Miss Tourism Universe 2018, at Lebanon and won Miss Asia Title. Evneet Kaur Juneja participated in Rubaru Miss India Elite & won the title of Miss India Globe. She went on to represent India for Miss Globe 2019 at Albania, Europe. She finished among the top finalists and was ranked among the best 5 girls who brought laurels to the country. 12 children of different age group who took our training swept away all the major titles at Junior Mr. and Miss India 2017 in August month itself, with Priya agarwal, Pranav Sethi and Siddhi Suri making a hat trick by clinching the Top titles in their respective age category. Sakshi Bhaudoria was one of the finalists at Miss Teen India in 2019. Kids made a hat trick at RuBaru Junior Miss and Mr India 2019 as Miss Priya Tiwari won the pageant, followed by Kavish Saluja, Annanya Singh and Aditi Mane sweeping away the glory. Besides those trained at academy, there are several others who are trained at various pageants, who become winners and later go on to become actors & models. Devraj Shinde a budding anchor is talk of the town & is hosting almost every other event taking place in the city. He took the course on Master of Ceremony/Anchor from Star Steps. There are many other candidates who have taken various courses on Personality Development, Body Language, Posture Training, Win Over Shyness, How to crack an Interview, Image Makeover, Fine Dining,…..et cetera & have achieved success in their respective fields. Refer Testimonials for more.
Ques. What does typical pageant training involve?
Ans. Training for an international pageant requires developing a psychology of “I love it, I want it and it is possible. I believe I have what it takes and I can”. It is most difficult to help them make that psychological shift. Meditation and self affirmation techniques are also helpful. Next, the way a contestant speaks plays a big role in winning a pageant. At academy they are trained to control their pace and pitch, correct diction and voice modulation makes a huge difference. Also, they learn to make the camera their best friend, do photo shoot practice in different moods like elegant, playful, smiling and shots like headshot, mid shot, full length and profile. They are made to practice over 5000 pageant questions and ensure the trainees are fluent and confident while facing question and answer round. The introduction is also prepared individually which highlights the best traits of the contestant. Fitness and diet is monitored on weekly basis. Fine dining etiquettes are a part of training. At pageants girls must look their best at all times, they are taught the complete make up as per the international standards. It takes a little while to learn the correct ramp walk with perfect turns in high heels. Once a student is ready for a pageant, they are assisted with purchasing wardrobe according to their skin tone, body type, Face type etc. colours, cuts, design, et cetera vary from person to person . They are also guided as to how one should enhance their looks with appropriate hair style.
Ques. What is the most common goal of the candidates when they come for the pageant training?
Ans. Surprisingly, most of the aspirants have smaller goals like participating in local pageant. They lack self belief and think it is not possible to make big. So it becomes a big task to mould them for a bigger goal. It is like initiating with motivational sessions & on how you can think & achieve big in life. These young talents are motivated and moulded to give wings to their dream. Once they develop belief in their own potential, the sky is the limit
Ques. What training principles are followed?
Ans. The principle that “Risk and give everything you have, to get what you desire” is followed. It’s important to surrender yourself to your goal. Sincere practice with dedication, patience and faith can never fail.
Ques. What are the main rules when it comes to pageant training regime?
Ans. It takes aproxx. 2 months to 6 months for total transformation. The Thumb rule is “Practice for Perfection”. There is no short cut to success. A typical day involves workout, meditation, healthy diet, lots of water, make up practice, walk, posing, and question and answer practice. Lot of book reading and keeping abreast with current topics and off course the beauty sleep are also essential.
Ques. What qualities are necessary to represent India for a Pageant?
Ans. The candidate who can represent the culture of India Internationally is preferred. Someone with remarkable communication skills, confidence, looks and the perfect attitude which is a must have for a winner. While few qualities are in born others need to be acquired. At Star Steps, the focus is on grooming all the finalists to perfection, weather it is ramp walk training, posing practice sessions, introduction or question and answer, the contestants must look like stars shining on the ramp. Our students are the expression of the institutes outclass training and creativity.
Ques. Who are the Mentors at Star Steps India?
Ans. The Chief Pageant Trainer is Mrs Universe Famous Meenakshi Mathur. She has vast experience in the field of pageantry for more than 24yrs. Rohit Sharma, a certified image consultant does all the dresses including daily wear & finale wear. Social graces to be followed are also taught by him. Hairstyle, Looks, Foot wears, Accessories, et cetera are personally recommended by him to each and every contestant, which certainly help them stand out and win. Another expert on board is Dr. Sanjay Sharma as a specialist educator, who holds many foreign degrees. He is an expert speaker & presenter.
Ques. I am getting married in few months, how will I benefit by joining Star Steps?
Ans. Wedding is the biggest celebration for the entire family and especially for the brides since they look forward to look good, poised and graceful. Conflict management and communication skills are essential in beginning a family, we also incorporate stress management, positive thinking besides teaching make up techniques, wardrobe management, fine dining etc, We provide assistance in selecting the wedding attire and also organise pre wedding photo shoot.
Ques. I have an interview, how can you help?
Ans. While earning a degree can get you an interview call, but to get that dream job worth million bucks require you to acquire soft skills like correct posture, body language, communication skills, positive thinking, and dressing sense et cetera. Every candidate for an interview will be dressed up in tidy formals or business suites, so how would one differentiate between them if they have the same scores in their mark sheet. Answer is soft skills.
Ques. Why is wardrobe management necessary?
Ans. You must dress up according to the weather condition, occasion and time of the day; this does not mean that you need to spend fortune buying the entire wardrobe. We help you in cluster shopping according to your skin colour and body type. You must have more dresses to wear then the no. of clothing i.e. the concept of Capsule Wardrobe.
Ques. I want to become a professional TV/ Live show anchor?
Ans. Ms. Meenakshi has been one of the best live shows anchor/ presenter of India. You need to learn how to win the audience and develop the correct voice modulation suitable for your voice. We also assist you to make a show reel. We do mock talk shows & teach scripting too. We have numerous reference scripts for you to excel.
Ques. Do the highly educated people need to enhance soft skills?
Ans. The reason why most highly educated people settle for less is because they never paid attention to developing the traits that help them understand, react and collaborate. Since we live in a complex social network, the need to interact with people in our social/professional circle is of utmost importance. Soft skills are needed to communicate clearly and also help to work on emotional constant which is echoed almost similarly by human beings all over the globe.
Ques. How does it help the children who have even studied in best schools?
Ans. Most of our students come from affluent families/ public schools. Unfortunately, the education system in India is focusing only on obtaining subject knowledge with little or no emphasis on personal development. When the candidate is looking for a highly paying job/ career enhancement the need for developing soft skills get recognized. We are happy that parents are keen not only to make their children learn soft skills but they themselves are willing to change.
Ques. Does this mean that academics and certificates are not important?
Ans. Subject knowledge/ technical knowledge is a must to apply for a job but to crack the interview and later grow up the corporate ladder, it requires the skills that makes you stand out among the masses.
Ques. Some people are successful, some are not. Why?
Ans. Only 1percent of people reach out to use their full potential and the biggest reason behind it is the fear of failure. We offer mandatory sessions for critical thinking and problem solving in all our courses which help in decision making. Everybody has the potential to excel only if he/she moves beyond the fear.
Ques. How does self introspection help?
Ans. It’s important to classify our traits/ behavior/ pattern. According to our personality type, we repeatedly react in the same pattern and therefore get the same results. We need to break the negative pattern and substitute it with more positivity.
Ques. What is the importance of fine dining?
Ans. We now reside in a global village; the internet has shrunk the world to our laptops giving us the option to explore the opportunities worldwide. Formal meetings in most upscale businesses happen over meals, therefore with so much of cross cultural and Tran’s border exchanges happening, not knowing the formal fine dining manners can be an impediment to the career advancement.
Ques. How long does it take to lose weight?
Ans. With active involvement of the client, we create a calculative diet chart based on the basic metabolic rate and target weight goal. The long formed food habits and preferences need to be substituted with low calorie nutritious options and active lifestyle changes are adopted. The results begin to surface in around 10days and reach the target in approximately 3months duration.
Ques. Is online program effective?
Ans. Our global training webinars and learning are delivered via Zoom Cloud Meetings App, which enables us to virtually interact with the batch and instantly share files. It helps our students bridge the geographical gap and shares the global insight.
Ques. What is total image makeover?
Ans. It involves a 360degrees transformation within a span of six months which begins with the gradual shift in the client’s attitude and integrates gigantic crossovers into the expected makeover shift. It involves a list of learning’s. You can visit our course details to view.
Ques. How do we make Payment?
Ans. You can pay the corresponding fees through the Paytm app. You need to scan the Paytm QR Code at the bottom of the form, through your phone. Alternatively you can also pay the fees online. Following our Bank details for online payment:
Bank: Indian Bank.
Beneficiary: Star Steps
Branch: Govindpuri, Gwalior.
Type of A/c: C.A.(current account)
Account number: 6517165599
IFS CODE: IDIB000G113
On successful payment you will receive a mail to confirm your registration.
Ques. What will be the procedure after registration?
Ans. Once you are registered with us, we will share with you the course content, schedule, presentations & videos. You will be sent online classroom/meeting room ID’s & passwords for online classes.