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T H E "M I S S S H A K T I" C O N T E S T - A C O N T E S T
If you ask her what she loves more in a man, she will say without hesitation: "The mystery, the seduction, the game". The gaze that says more than words. Miss Shakti 2001 is charmed when a man plays along.
For instance, one day she was on a bus, when she clearly felt a powerful masculine presence next to her. The stranger did not touch her, she did not turn around to look at him. The thought alone that he is a powerful man, and that he noticed her made her shudder.
Nobody else noticed anything, because none of the two did anything visible to the eye, but in few minutes the air between them was magnetic. If he would have touched her shoulder, she believes that sparks would have come out.
At a certain moment the bus driver hit the breaks suddenly and the strangerís breath rested a moment on Cristinaís neck. "I melted" she admits, but I did not turn around to look at him. I felt his excitement, I liked that we both enjoyed that unseen attraction. I held tightly the bar and I am sure he noticed the firm grasp."
When she reached her destination, Cristina Petrea turned around, looked the stranger in the eyes, touched him lightly on the cheek and got off the bus without looking back.
Yoga Magazin: You do not have the standard proportions usually appreciated in beauty contests. Why do you think your curvy figure was so appreciated?
Cristina Petrea: The "Miss Shakti" contest is a special show that proposes a different view on beauty. It is about the archetypal model of woman. The woman must be vital, full of energy, voluptuous.
If she faints in the street because she has not eaten in days, how much love can she give? How intense can her erotic experiences be?
Yoga has taught me to respect my body and to live in harmony. A skeleton-like woman contradicts the laws of harmony and she cannot use her huge potential, the energy that gives birth to universes.
Yoga Magazine: Did you always looked like this?
Cristina Petrea (laughing): No. I was very thin and I wanted to be even thinner. I am glad I understood in time that I cannot grow spiritually if the flesh on my bones is inexistent.
Really, have you ever seen any representation of a faint, lean Ganesha? The orient has clearly indicated this thing. Look at the Indian women: they are curvy, and even the westerners, bombarded with images of skeleton-like women, seem to awaken from the collective hypnosis into which they have been thrown. It is not an accident that the last Miss World winners are Indians and they look differently from their colleagues.
Yoga Magazine: Do you say that the Miss Shakti contest is a special show. Why? Does it make you feel something special?
Cristina Petrea: Absolutely. The "Miss Shakti" contest has a unique flavour. I also can make the comparison. I won "Miss Innocence" when I was 14, "Miss Boboc" and "Miss Suceava", Iíve been in modelling for more than 2 years and Iíve been to many fashion presentation.
It is a spicy, colourful world, full of fun. Yet, it does not ask for much from you and it really does not offer you much. It does not solicit your deeper aspects; it does not make you search within yourself, because they will award the body only.
In the "Miss Shakti" contest on the other hand, the spectators are initiated, they look at you and are capable to see more than a beautiful woman, they see a goddess.
I looked at them and I would see the divine part of me, as well as of them. The "Miss Shakti" contest is a challenge all right, because it makes you go to the spiritual from you, you cannot cheat, and awarded or not, this experience produces an inner mutation.
Yoga Magazine: How does a beautiful woman feel competing with other beautiful women?
Cristina Petrea: I believe that none of us felt we were competing. Each of us was facing herself and God. There were not tensionate moments in which one of us wanted to be better than the rest, we were like friends, like sisters, helping each other put on make up, laughing, hugging. Even today we stayed in touch, we meet and talk.
Yoga Magazine: Did this state of a group appear spontaneously?
Cristina Petrea: The first day of preparation was important. We did a very special empathy exercise. Each of us would pass in front of all the other girls, in turns, they would hold hands and look into each otherís eyes for about two minutes and then moved on to the next girl.
This exercise helped us become united and feel each other. It was like a magical click, you looked at someone and really saw her soul. It was an unexpected and intense experience. Then it all came about naturally, we were open towards each other and I felt my soul got richer with every beautiful thing I saw in these girls.
Photomodelling by Cristina Petrea