Pareena Naggea, marketing manager in the education sector and freelance professional model in Australia, just got crowned Ms. Mauritius Globe at the recent Ms/Mrs Australia Globe Pageant and will be flying to China to compete internationally. “Being selected to be part of this International pageant will definitely give me a platform to really make a difference, be inspired and inspire others,” she says.
As a Hindu Mauritian, Pareena deeply values the Indian culture and traditions. She is fluent in French, English, Creole and can also understand Hindi and Marathi. Since the age of eight, she developed a passion for the arts, performing Indian classical bharatanatyam and kathak, Maharashtrian and Bollywood dance as well as acting in national theatre plays. Pareena also enjoys badminton, meditation and is a yoga enthusiast. She is part of the Art of Living Foundation –a volunteer-based, humanitarian and educational NGO.
“I have been working as a model for the last five years and I realised that I really enjoy it,” says Pareena, who has done international shows for designers from Europe, India, South America, China, Korea, Mauritius, South Africa and Australia including Indian designers like Manish Malhotra, Anamika Khanna and Gaurav Gupta. She has also participated in several fashion shows for the L’Oréal Melbourne Fashion festival, Melbourne Spring Fashion Week – Cultural Programs and AFL Multicultural Fashion Show.
Pareena has also done various commercials ads and photoshoots for Bunnings, Nescafe, Bridal Magazines, Real Estate Property Developers, the Australian Government and other fashion clothing labels. However the main campaign she did was the Swinburne University – Navigate Your Future Campaign where her photos were all over Melbourne – online, print media, buses, trams and billboards.
Pareena has also shown extensive fundraising skills, contributing in various community and charitable events supporting various causes. “My next event is The Spring Racing Fashion – High Tea Party, which is aimed at raising funds for the Footsteps Foundation, an NGO for empowering women and children. Through this event, I want to create a platform to empower women, support women in business and promote cultural diversity,” she says.