Certified Physical Trainer. Former Cricketer. Insanely Handsome. Yes, Mister India Universe 2016 Himanshu Shailey is more than just a handsome face. A heartwarming conversation with the young man who continues to train for Men Universe Model 2016 at Punta Cana, Dominican Republic reveals that although he's incredibly good-looking, his quiet determination, gratitude and politeness is worthy of hyperbole.
''After completing graduation I played cricket on the national level and had the opportunity to represent Pune Warrior in IPL and played in the Indian team against Australia. I am also a certified trained physical instructor and joined Fitness First as a trainer. Modelling has always been a lifelong dream and I finally got the opportunity to walk for JJ Valaya and Raghavendra Rathore a few months back… and continued modelling with some good editorial and ramp work. It was around that time I heard of Men Universe India and enrolled for the pageant — and there was no looking back.
I trained hard for the pageant and here I must express my gratitude to Shikhar Siddharth, Director, Vogati Talent and the entire team of Men Universe India. It has been quite a journey with all of them — including former winner of Men Universe India — helping me with grooming, communication skills, strict diet and training. Through the entire process, I could feel everything: our focus, our energy, our motivation. And I was so proud when I was announced winner. It is a huge honour and I am excited to represent India in Men Universe Model 2016, holding the Indian flag; I am so humbled and joyous! Particularly because… everyone known to me had told me it would never happen… that I could not be winner. It will do wonders for my self-confidence because I really gave 100 per cent to working towards this goal… and I did it! Winning the pageant will surely enhance my career as it will create an impact.''
With just a day to fly to Punta Cana how does he feel, I ask? ''I'm so excited! Yes I'm nervous but more that I'm happy and feeling so good'' he grinned. Well, I wish the young man luck in achieving his goal. His humble demeanour, politeness and willingness to work towards achieving goals makes him deserving of the title.
— JASMEEN DUGAL