FORMER Beaconhurst High School pupil Shiven Moodley was the second runner-up at the Mr India SA pageant recently.
“It was actually surprising as there were amazing gentlemen with fantastic passions they believed in, all vying for the title,” he said.
“I have a thirst for knowledge and a passion for economics. This lead to a double major in finance and economics at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. I am now pursuing my masters’ in economics.
“Eventually I would like to be part of the diplomatic core representing South Africa, addressing both international and domestic challenges.”
Moodley said he entered the pageant by losing a bet with a friend.
“It’s actually a funny story,I made a bet with one of my good friends on an economics challenge. If I lost I would have to enter Mr India SA, and here I am. It really has been one of my most fruitful losses.”
Moodley said the competition required one to be an individual of purpose, meaning the men entering had to have a drive for change in his community and country.
“It set a benchmark in being a all-rounder as an individual but also as a community leader and trail blazer,” said Moodley.
He said the contestants were judged on multiple aspects of a classic gentleman, along with challenges involving cooking, golf workshops, acting and presenting, and influencer branding.
The participants were very talented, Moodley said.
“There were extremely unique individuals competing for the title,it could have been any ones’ for the taking. Though it all came down to the judges and how they felt about the contestants”, he said