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T3 Woman Emily Shah: Pageantry to philanthropy

Emily Curl Power

Pageant life, charity work and filmmaking— T 3 Woman Emily Shah has already experienced so much for someone so young. We went behind the scenes with her to learn more about her work and how she manages to always keep her hair perfectly styled. 


Q: What was the biggest obstacle you faced on becoming the youngest Miss New Jersey USA?

A: I thought that not having a college degree was going to be my biggest issue. During the pageant interview portion I was up against women in their late 20’s with degrees. But I was adamant about keeping up with current events, and because of that I did just fine.


Q: What is the most challenging part of working with your family in your production business?

A: The fact that we never have a clock-in and clock-out time. We’re constantly working around the clock.


Q: What should every person know about Bollywood/Hindi films?

A: That Slumdog Millionaire is not a Bollywood film! On a serious note, Bollywood films cater to families and explicit scenes are kept to a minimum. Usually, you’ll see an entire family, from grandkids to grandparents, watching a movie together. Bollywood is all about teaching valuable lessons while dancing to colorful songs.


Q: You’re very active in some incredible charities. What has been the most fulfilling moment you’ve experienced so far? 

A: I’ll never forget visiting with a young woman who was undergoing chemotherapy. I took my crown off and placed it on her head. She teared up and said that it was the most beautiful she had ever felt since undergoing chemo. Experiences like that made me so grateful for being Miss New Jersey USA.


Q: Who empowers you?

A: My grandmother. She passed away recently but she was a four-time, stage-four breast and ovarian cancer survivor for 16 years. Even though she just lost her battle after her fifth diagnosis, she always kept a positive mind and a smile on her face. She never took a day for granted. She made me realize, no matter how big my problems are, I can always overcome them with the right attitude.


Q: What is the most valuable piece of advice that someone has given you?

A: “If you don’t build your dreams, someone will hire you to help build theirs.”


Thoughts on T3…


Q: How have T3 tools helped you in your daily life?

A: I have never been able to style my hair from wet to dry in under 30 minutes until I started using T3. It saves me SO much time!


Q: What does beautiful outside, and powerful inside mean to you?

A: I think that being beautiful outside and powerful inside has to do with one’s confidence. I think when a woman is comfortable and confident with who she is and her appearance, she is the most beautiful and powerful person.


Q: What is your go-to hair tool on a bad hair day?

A: The SinglePass 2 straightening and styling iron. I slick up my hair into a ponytail and just straighten the ends real quick for a sleek sophisticated look.


Q: Curls or straight? How would you rather wear your hair?

A: I like my hair straight with a lot of volume. My hair is naturally curly, but when it’s grown out, I love big voluminous curls.



View all of Emily’s T3 hairstyles and learn how to get her looks here.