My name is Renuka Malhi. I am a fashion designer and the winner of Mrs. South Asian Queen USA 2013. I am an art lover and appreciate everything that brings me closer to nature and its diversity. I am from Northern India and am currently pursuing my fashion career from New York. Since my childhood, I have always been a creative person and have dedicated my time to arts and crafts. I would create new things out of the scraps that were available. I also was an athlete. I was a very shy child who had a lot of aspiration in her heart but was too coy to express them. I am ambitious from the age of 11, when my fellow mates wouldn’t even know what ambition was. I opened my wings at the age of 15 and started participating onstage in various cultural programs. My passion for the Arts shined when I paired it with confidence and the skills of presentation. I was a shy kid that had decided to show herself to world.
My college life was more academically successful due to my participation on the stage where I received immense appreciation from the faculty. My professors could count on me and would vouch for me. I won pageants during my college days, but I was still looking for a better platform. I earned my Master’s Degree in Literature and moved to the USA in 2000. It was there that I began working in the IT sector to help my family, who had moved to the USA many years before I did. My family responsibilities took over my dream career and I almost gave up on it. After many years, I started to realize that it’s very important to live a life that we can enjoy and love, rather than just living without passion.
In 2008, I quite my IT career and decided to reinvent myself. I went back to Fashion Schools in NY and graduated. This opened doors for me to intern with some great brands like Guess, Hawke and Co., etc. Life was still not easy for me and I had to go through many challenges to make it to my goals. I am a mother of 2 children and have a family to look after. At the same time, I believe that it’s very important to make your life worth living so when you look back at later stages of it, feel proud of your efforts and allow your life to become a message to the coming generations.
Today Re’Malhi is an international brand and has presented collections in many prestigious shows like London Fashion Week scout, etc. My collection earned great recognition there because every piece represented a very rich glimpse of South Asian culture in modern styles. The brand was published in many known magazines and newspapers, as well as, TV channels: VOGUE, Harper’s Bazaar, The Times of INDIA National, The Tribune, The National Leader, Fab UK, etc. I am a firm believer in decisions that are clearly based on determination, hard work, and focus; and that these qualities lead me to reach my goals. I thank God and my family for standing by me during my rough times.
I am highly influenced by my late grandfather who devoted his life for the upliftment of mankind and to helping a great number of people through his resources and contributions. He was my God Father and I feel that whatever I am today, it’s because of his ethics. I was always interested in giving my contributions to the society in a way that would help the needy. It always touches me that on one side we live a life full of luxuries and can afford anything that looks appealing to our eyes, but on the other hand there are people who can barely afford a meal in a day. I was highly touched when as a teenager, I found that my mother was sponsoring a child for education for a family who had stopped sending their daughter to school because they couldn’t afford it. My mother could not see this and helped the child until she passed her higher grade. The girl finally graduated and I am sure will be living a better life due to the education. I saw many other instances that encouraged me to always help people, and it somehow gave me peace of mind and made my heart happy. I feel that I doing something worthwhile is better than any luxuries in life.
One of my aims in life was always to help children with their education. As with my own education, I know and understand the value of how being educated can change our lives. When I first learned about Uplift A Child through FACEBOOK, I decided to explore more as the title seemed very interesting to me. I was fortunate enough to have interacted with the founder of Uplift A Child and have gotten to know more about the bigger picture and the great efforts that are being done towards raising money to help educate needy children around the world. Knowing that the organization has sponsored 4000 children so far, and that it has board members from all over the world caught my interest towards my hidden desire to help the children. Being a mother myself, who wants to give the best to her kids, I can understand every child deserves the best in some way or the other. I am so looking forward to contributing to Uplift A Child through my talent and profession. To begin with, I have decided to put one of the Show Stopper outfits, featured in almost every newspaper in India and the UK, the regal piece with Taj Mahal embraided on it, on auction. I aim to donate 50% of the earnings from that sale to Uplift A Child, in order to sponsor education for more children.
In the future, Re’Malhi can help with fashion shows or any other art/cultural programs to raise money towards this great cause in many different locations. We will also work in spreading the message to the masses through social media, taking booths at known cultural events, and word of mouth so that more people will become aware of it and can contribute in any way they can, along with targeting more opportunities to reach out to other organizations that can prove beneficial to Uplift A Child’s scope. I would also be interested in personally visiting and meeting these children and share happy moments with them. I so want to laugh with them and see those smiles that are more precious than any other materialistic things. As time permits, I would also like to organize inspirational sessions, teaching sessions, and art workshops during my visit to these schools. I would love to volunteer through representing myself as part of Uplift A Child whenever I visit any cultural programs, in order to talk to more people to bring awareness. I aim to help the organization in every aspect that is possible, both personally and financially by donating proceeds to Uplift A Child and will try best to personally be there, to be a support in this cause to help mankind, and that children are the future and I would love to give my time and efforts towards this noble cause.