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Sushma Lobo & Zahra Ali
London: Celebrity hair stylist and renowned make-up artist, Dimple Sanghani - also known as Dimps - has quickly risen through the ranks to become one of the most in demand names within the beauty industry. Originally from Hyderabad in India, Dimple was crowned Mrs Asia UK at the renowned pageant in Kensington earlier this year.
As a business woman,multi-award winner and mother of two, she certainly has a lot to be proud of. Adding to her long list of achievements, Dimps will be representing England in the upcoming ‘Mrs Universe 2018’ pageant happening in Cebu, the Philippines, competing with 90 contestants from around the world.
British Asia News had the chance to get to know Dimps a little better as she prepares to compete in December’s Mrs Universe competition.
Tell us a little bit about yourself
I’m Dimple (Dimps) Sanghani, I was born in India and come from a close-knit family of goldsmiths. In the year 2000, I was crowned Miss Country Club and Miss Hyderabad. I now live in Edgware, London after marrying at 19 and settling in the UK.
Moving countries so early on in my married life was a learning curve, especially as I became a working mother of two children. At that time, I took a moment of reflection and made the sudden decision to revisit hairdressing, a career path I had already explored when I was living in India. I attended the prestigious Barnet College of London and completed my degree within three years, and by 2009 my clientele list was forever growing with recommendations being made through my successes.
Since this momentous change, I have been awarded the Charleston Worthington award for Mad Hair Winner 2014, the Black Entertainment Film Fashion Television and Arts (BEFFTA) award for Hairstylist of the Year 2015 and the Black Make-Up-Artist Award (BMA) award for Gold Hairstylist 2015. My passion led me to the sets of television and film where I worked with hosts of the daily TV series on Zee TV, B4U Bollywood Scoop and a client base that includes Ajay Devgan's Daughter, Nysa Devgan, Shabana Azmi and Arman Malik – to name just a few. Taking hairstyling to the next level, I have just launched a high-end hair and beauty salon, Tiara Organic on Chelsea’s very own Kings Road with my sister, Jigna Soni, using self-developed and organic products to create the best treatments.
What inspired you to go for the Mrs England competition?
I met one of my close friends for a coffee and she mentioned the pageant, encouraging me to take part. I wasn't so sure at first, but she was persistent and said it would be a great next step after the TV adverts I had done for Cakebox. Appearing in the ads was a nerve tingling experience but a definite delight which really showed me the impact the media can have. After giving it some thought, I felt that participating was a chance to give back to society. I'm a very strong and confident woman, and I have learnt a lot in difficult times, having faced several challenges at a young age. After starting my family, I went on to study hairdressing and came a very long way, opening a beauty salon in Chelsea with my sister. It was a dream come true, but when I heard about the pageant, I felt that I could help and empower other women in a different way. It was this realisation that changed my mind and made me compete for Mrs England Universe 2018.
What was it like to win the Mrs Asia UK awards?
2018 has been so special, as once upon a time I dreamt to be the most beautiful inside and out and that was made possible by being crowned Mrs Asia UK 2018. Winning the pageant has opened my eyes and promoted so many visions to make a difference and therefore it is not just satisfying but very much inspiring, motivating and educational. The greatest gift one can receive is not by getting but its rather giving to others. So being given this wonderful opportunity and important role, the platform should be used in a positive way to influence and help others, it should never be used in a self-serving manner.
What other pageants have you taken part in in the past?
When I was 18 years old, I took part in ‘Miss Country Club’ and ‘Miss Hyderabad’ and was a runner up in both pageants, winning 2nd place. I also got subtitle of Miss Beautiful Hair and Miss Beautiful smile. You work a lot to help women and inspire them, where does this motivation come from?
Yes, I faced a very hard time at a young age and my real-life experiences made me the positive person I am today. I feel very lucky to be a hairdresser, sometimes I feel I'm mentally coaching women to be strong and courageous and fight for their rights and freedom! Through my hairdressing work, I help mentor women to be positive in any circumstance.
It’s not easy to be a woman, to be the all-rounder we’re expected to be. We are in a society where we are expected to be the best mother, the best daughter, the best daughter in-law, a business woman or stay at home parent - all these demands are high and the help we get is less. I don’t see myself as a feminist, but I still believe in equality for women in every manner. With the right help, family support and hardwork, women can achieve amazing things in life. I’d say my motivation comes from my mother and my elder and younger sisters.
You are a good role model for working women with families, demonstrating how the work/life balance can be achieved. What are your main points you would like to put across to other women? Mrs England Universe 2018 represents both beauty and strength of the Asian woman. I feel very lucky to be winning this title, as an Asian girl I’m very proud to be representing England and its multiculturalism. As a successful business woman, this position gives me an opportunity to serve as a role model for others. I would say, be thankful to god, appreciate other women around you and be sure to uplift and support them.
How do you feel about coming this far and your achievements to date?
I feel amazing in this journey so far, but there is still so much to learn in life. If we stop learning that means we stop growing, so keep learning and keep motivating those around you. I am educated to degree level, with a Bachelor of Commerce and I strongly believe that you should talk to people ‘not because of who they are, or what they do - but because of who you are’. I never want to stop learning and always have the desire to live life to the fullest. “The biggest adventure you can take is to live the life of your dreams".
An experience which stood out for me was attending this year’s Nelson Mandela Centenary Dinner at the Rose Wood Hotel, along with some A-List stars from the UK and Hollywood. I am honoured and thankful to the founder Nic Careem, who also put together a book titled ‘Book of Tribute’, in which I was the first Indian lady to add a message. It aims to raise money for disadvantaged people around the world and end global poverty. The book contains 700 handwritten messages from some of the world’s iconic people including Barack Obama and Sir Paul McCartney, so it’s surreal to think I am a part of that!
Is there anything you would like to add?
Just that homelessness is very dear to my heart. Since December 2017, I have been aiding a campaign to raise funds for the homeless during the Christmas festive period since they are the first to suffer as temperatures plummet. The campaign is also supported by Lord Bird, the founder of The Big Issue Magazine and Nic Careem, founder of the Blue Sky Network. Currently, I’m supporting charities such as Inner Joy Foundation, helping to raise £100,000 for orphaned children and Raha International by raising awareness for the work they carry out. Both these organisations work feverishly to support under privileged kids and education which is the real purpose in life. I would definitely encourage others to get involved with these projects or other organisations close to your heart.
Finally, I’d like to say thank you to all my family, friends and well-wishers for all your support and that we should all live our lives with simplicity and kindness.
Be sure to check out Dimple’s business and follow her journey as she goes on to represent England in next month’s Mrs Universe 2018 pageant in the Philippines. British Asia News will be keeping you updated with her Journey to Mrs Universe 2018 competition and wish her the best of luck.