Usually, whenever a woman wins a beauty pageant, it is taken for granted that she is to join the film industry or at least appear in brand advertisements.
But Lieutenant Garima Yadav, a former beauty pageant winner, shattered all stereotypes when she decided to join the army and serve the nation instead!
After completing her schooling from Army Public School (Shimla), Garima went on to study Bachelors in economics from St. Stephens College, New Delhi.
She used to emcee for events as a part-time job and simultaneously prepare for civil service examinations. She wanted to join the IAS but unfortunately wasn’t able to clear the exam.
However, it was from an event where Garima was working that she got selected for the auditions of a pageant called India’s Miss Charming Face.
She went on to win the pageant in 2017 and was again selected to appear for an international contest which was to be held in Italy. But the beauty queen had other plans!
She decided to join Officer’s Training Academy, Chennai, instead. She cracked the Combined Defence Services exam in her first go and made it to OTA!
“I was preparing for civil services but I guess army was my true calling. I got recommended in my first attempt”, she said in an interview.
“I had a wonderful experience at the OTA. At first, it was difficult for me to cope up with the tough training. The weather was also unfavourable. I did not have very good physical standards but somehow I managed for the first few months. I didn’t give up and improved drastically.”
She added, “People have a wrong conception that you have to be good at all sports, physically strong to get selected in the SSB. That’s not true. You just should be willing to accept your weaknesses and work on them, should always endeavour to get better and better every day.”
Lieutenant Garima Yadav has taken a U-turn from conventions and has carved her own path. She inspires every woman to accomplish what they believe their calling to be!