Model of the Fortnight
Education should be available to all and if you educate a girl, you would educate the world, says Akanksha Singh, our Model of the Fortnight.
This young woman from Lucknow, the ‘City of Nawabs’ in North India, believes in taking risks and facing challenges in life for self-improvement.
“Learning and trying things out of your comfort zone is what grows you as a person. Pursuing a cause gives meaning and purpose to life,” she said.
Academic excellence and scholarship that she obtained in India encouraged her parents to send her to New Zealand for higher studies five years ago.
Completing successfully postgraduate (Masters) degree in Bioscience Enterprise at the University of Auckland, she joined Thermo Fisher Scientific New Zealand.
“I miss my parents, three brothers, a sister, cousins – all members of my extended family. I am grateful to New Zealand, which has given me a good start to my career,” she said.
However, New Zealand has not only appealed to her as a ‘breathtaking country,’ but has also fulfilled her desire to seek self-development.
“I have always wanted to be self-sufficient and being here has made me fiercely independent, strong and opened new horizons. I love travelling and have been to most of the places in North Island,” she said.
We had featured her briefly exactly a year ago (Indian Newslink, September 1, 2015) as a participant in Miss Indianz event.
“That event gave me exposure and spiked my interest in modeling, which I see as a way of expression and creative pursuit. I look forward to professional opportunities,” she said.
Away from her professional life, Akanksha loves reading, shopping, watching movies and reality shows.
“Anything Bollywood interests me,” she said.
Pictures by Andrew Bignall, Dezant Grayman, Brian Livingstone, Ronald Winstone and Dave Bradley
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