Becoming the best version of herself - Paulene Shoba

Paulene Shoba Lynch is no stranger to the beauty runway. Back in 2015, she walked away with the title of Miss Photogenic and won 1st runner-up for Miss Glamorous in a pageant organised by Royalize International. She is back once again, vying for the crown of Miss Singapolitan Islandwide 2017. We talk to her to find out more about her burning desire to be in the entertainment industry and her pageant journey !

How did the interest in joining pageants begin?

Since I was little, I always wanted to be part of the pageant world and enter the entertainment business. I always had this desire to be in communications and entertainment and nursed a childhood dream of becoming a broadcast journalist . I liked putting on makeup and dressing up. I would even take my mum's sarees and put them  on myself. That's when it started. I also had a strong passion for acting and appeared in a lot of school plays and dramas during my college and university days . So that’s why when I heard about this pageant organised by Royalize international, I signed up immediately !

Why did you join this pageant and what was so different about it?

It was actually a very different platform for me and I loved to challenge myself. More platforms opened up for me after my last pageant in 2015 and I thought it was a good time to jump into a new one. This pageant was different from others with lots of workshops and training involved. It wasn't just about becoming a beauty queen but also focused on bringing out the inner beauty in you and trying to understand who you really are.

Another reason I joined was because of Miss Vanitha (Founder of Miss and Mrs Singapolitan Islandwide ) As she has been part of previous national pageants and has been a winner before, she was someone who knew a lot about the pageant world and I knew I could learn a lot from her. I think this is something that is important as well. Because someone who’s gone through a similar journey would be able to correct any mistakes made and improve on things. They would know what we are going through and be able to connect with us better.

What were some challenges you faced?

3 weeks ago, I lost my mum and I think that's the biggest challenge that I’m trying to overcome right now. Being in a pageant while balancing a full-time career, I have to be very focused on what I'm doing and can’t afford to break down while in the middle of so many important things. One of the final things that my mum told me before she passed on was to just go ahead and do my best in this pageant. She was the kind of person who had always encouraged me in whatever I wanted to do and taught me to never drop out from anything. So no matter what, I will make sure I see this through to the end, no matter what struggles I may go through or how tough it is. She always taught me to be motivated, to always challenge myself and constantly conquer any fears that I have. It's a life lesson that I will keep with me forever and it’s what is keeping me motivated to carry on in this pageant. The support from my friends, family, pageant contestants and organisers have also been amazing and helped me through a lot.

What have you learnt from this experience?

There are so many different workshops and they even have acting classes!  It's a totally different ball game altogether. It doesn't just teach you to be a beauty queen but also teaches you to improve myself and bring out your inner beauty. To display both your strengths and weaknesses and learn how to improve. I’ve learnt to put myself out there more and constantly challenge myself. I know that no matter what happens, it will always work out in the end and whether it’s a good or bad experience, I’ll always learn something from it.  So far, I’m happy to say that it’s all been good experiences. (laughs)

Regardless of whether you win or not, what would you like to do after this pageant?

I've always wanted to be a voice for women out there. There are so many women who are so afraid to go out and do what they want to do. They are scared of achieving their dreams because they have been told by others that they just can’t do it. So I hope to use this platform to reach out to these women and tell them that nothing is impossible if you stay true to yourself. Of course, I would also love to take up any modelling opportunities that come my way.

At the same time, I strongly believe in giving back to the community and building on my mum’s legacy. My mum used to be very active in charity work and help out various homes and shelters across Singapore. I would like to particularly focus on serving Singapore Cancer Society in her memory as well.  

What quote or expression would you print on a T-shirt that embodies your values and beliefs?

Always be the best version of yourself. My parents have always taught me to be true to myself. no matter what happens. Everybody will always try and tell you what to do but it’s up to you to decide whether it actually works for you or not.Keep your head on your shoulders. Don't be too snobbish and stay grateful for what you have. And I believe that will take someone very far. Everyone wants to see who the person beneath the makeup and cosmetics is. Who is the real you? That's who people want to connect with. I believe that everyone is beautiful and can accomplish many things. But at the end of the day, people will always look out for what is special about you. That’s what will make you stand out.

Miss and Mrs Singapolitan Islandwide 2017 will be shown on Vijay TV and Star Plus, starting from 26th May. You can also catch the action on Youtube.

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