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Preity Uupala: Travel, Beauty and Life of Style

I had the pleasure of meeting the uniquely exotic, extremely creative, empress of eclectic beauty – Preity Uupala. Preity is the ideal modern-day woman, who chases her dreams each and every day.

The story behind how we got acquainted is an interesting one (will share in another feature *wink*) and goes to show you-you never know who you’re going to meet – at any given moment. Preity’s (pronounced pree – ty) quintessential talents extend beyond just another pretty face. She can be seen starring in international films, as a brand ambassador of exotic retreats and resorts, judging Film Festivals, shooting videos and photos with renowned photographers, adorning magazines, being featured on tv and radio…her possibilities are endless. Being able to adapt to any given situation, simultaneously adorning many crowns – with the heels to match – makes her a queen after my own heart and the ideal woman to represent our Queens of Virtue’s mission.

Despite the obvious challenge – she’s west coast, I’m east…we’ve realized that we both had a profound love for travel ( a match made in heaven), beauty, fashion, and lifestyle! Effortlessly, I saw how perfect Preity would be – as the representation of the modern woman of color – who are breaking free of the stereotype – becoming a leader and role model of positivity for our future followers. Uupala left the glass ceiling of the corporate world and decided to journey to her dreams. I admire this most about her. We were able to sit and chat and you have to check out the conversation below. Her responses (quotes) will empower you to be more and want more – opening you up to a world of self-love, esteem, awareness, and appreciation! I know it did for me!

Sapphire K. – When did you first realize, what you wanted to be?

I was fascinated by this art form when I was about 4- after watching a movie with Marlon Brando in it. After that, I was always drawn to it. But life had other plans for me, at least for the interim, so it seemed. I went to the academic and corporate route and started working for investment banks and global consulting companies. I had a “mid-life crisis” at age 24 and I was suddenly plucked from my path and plopped into the wonderful world of art and film. That is when I truly had the courage to pursue this and give it a go. I am grateful that I had the wisdom to do so, with no idea how it was going to manifest, but had the fierce conviction that it just would. And so it is!


Sapphire K. – What advice would you give to a girl, right now, who wants to follow their dream – like you do every day?

Have the courage to live the life you truly desire. In the last moments of time, you will not regret the things you did but the things that you did not do. Your dreams do count and are worth giving everything up for.

Be your self! Your authentic self is the only thing that will ever count. Don’t try to be anything but that.

It really is all about the journey, not the destination. Enjoy every moment, no one knows when it will all be over. Enjoy it before its gone.

Dare to dream big. Someone has to do it; it may as well be you!

What you do does not define you. Who you are does! Be true and honor your vision. At any cost. You will have to live with yourself if you don’t.

Sapphire K. -Where in Moscow, Greek Islands, Macao, Thailand, Cannes, Munich, Sri Lanka, Australia – would you recommend – for a Travel. Leisure. Lifestyle gathering –  such as “best in” food, resort, spa, nightlife, places to see, and do?

Wow! All these incredible places I have had the great pleasure of devouring. Lets see…

Greek islands of Mykonos

Kouros Hotel

Mykonos is a real gem of an island; I would say the most opulent hotel is Kouros Hotel by the ocean. It has spectacular views and a poolside bar to die for. The bartender there is a dear friend of mine and makes a mean cocktail. For a more authentic experience, Villa Thea, is a charming, boutique option.  Enjoy great Greek food at restaurants such as Koursaros and Elia Beach RestaurantMykonos prides itself as having some of the best nightlife on the planet. Clubs like Jacky O’s; Scarpa and Scandinavian Bar will have you dancing all night long! For a more surreal scene, Super Paradise and Cavo Paradiso are incredible. Greeks love to live life to the fullest and party really hard!  Sip on some great Greek coffee and listen to some great bouzouki music — around midnight — this is typical for Greece.


The Venetian Macao Resort Hotel

I have had the great pleasure of staying at The Venetian Macao Resort Hotel several times for various film festivals. It’s a fabulous hotel and boasts the largest casino hall in the world. You have to try your hands at the slots, just for the fun of it. The hotel also has great restaurants and they are incredible for banquets and functions. Take a tour of the old town where they have beautiful gardens and regular dragon dancing. Must eat Portuguese egg tarts when there and other delicious Macanese food.


Le Bua Hotel

My number one favorite spot in Bangkok is the Le Bua Hotel  made famous by the Hollywood movie “Hangover 2.  I have stayed at the actual Hangover suite where the film was shot and its quite Luxurious. Their 64th floor open-air, rooftop bar and restaurant, is second-to-none in the city. Bangkok is famous for their street food and shopping paradise. Other famous restaurants are Cabbages and Condoms and NahmThe islands of Koh Samui and Koh Pangan are not to be excluded. They have fantastic detox spas and resorts. Such as the ORION healing spa in Phangan. Having spent 3 New Years Eve in a row on the island, the full moon party on Haadrin Beach beats any other NYE party- 100,000 party goers, nonstop trance and techno dance music for 4 days straight! Head to the hippie part of the island for the best trance music all the way until sunrise. Don’t forget to get a Thai massage, when in Thailand!


Sydney (her hometown)

Darling Harbor

Darling Harbor and Circular Quay have the best views of the world’s most beautiful harbor cities. Other than that, Bondi Beach is the place to be. Ravesis’s and Bondi Social Club are fantastic restaurants overlooking the beach. Mojo’s, the most famous tapas bar in Sydney is a must. The Cruise Bar has the best view of the city and has an incredible salsa night every Thursday. Chinatown, for great Yum Cha and the Rocks for amazing restaurants such as Renaissance Café. Woolloomooloo Wharf has classy bars such as the W Bar and Kings Cross,  the best nightlife. Don’t miss the Sydney Opera House for a show and dine at Guillame et Bennelong for fine dining. Or the Opera Bar for sunset drinks with a live jazz band playing in the background.


Marinne Platz

The most beautiful city by far in Germany. Best time to go is definitely during Oktoberfest! Prost!  There are great restaurants such as Brenner Grill and Buffet Kull Bar. Watch world-class opera at the Bavarian State Opera and head to Spatenhause An De Oper for a delicious Michelin standard meal. If you get a chance, watch a game where local team and current European champions Munich F.C is playing to a full house crowd at the Allianz Stadium. Marinne Platz for incredible shopping all year around and Christmas market during the holidays. Dallymr is amongst one of the finest delicatessen, but the platz is full of amazing bakeries.

Sri Lanka

Taj Samudra

Colombo has exquisite hotels, thanks to the British Empire. Colonial style at its best, the Taj Samudra has got to be one of its finest. Go there for great lunch buffet. Cinnamon Grand is another classic as is Galle Face Hotel. Visit Galle Fort and also World’s End, the highest drop point in the world. The views are spectacular and nothing like you’ve ever experienced.  Sri Lankan cuisine is spicy and exciting and the best way to enjoy it, is at your local neighborhood restaurant. If you get a chance, head to the wonderful city of Kandy and then to the famous tea plantations. The Nuwara Eliya Region is the most famous region for tea. Resembling Tuscany in landscapes, enjoy the world’s finest tea and stay at authentic colonial style cottages. One of the most charming one is Le Trevene.


Grand Hotel Martinez

Of course the best time to visit is during the film festival, when it shows all its glory. But the Old Town- le Souke is famous for charming cafes with great French fare all year round. The hotels outdo each other, but the Martinez is simply fabulous. If you have the opportunity, go up in the hill and rent a villa overlooking the coastline. Nikki Beach and VIP hotel are some great clubs that will keep you shaking your thing. For fine dining, restaurants such as La Plage du Majestic and Auberge Provencal do the trick.


St. Basil Cathedral, Red Square, Moscow. Image by Kapuk Dodds / Getty

The city is amazing, with its very colorful cab drivers and crazy nightclubs. It has got to be the most stylish and beauty-conscious city in the world. The FORTE restaurant has delicious authentic Russian food. One of the most pumping clubs in town is the London Hotel. You must not miss the famous sights like the Red Square or the Kremlin.

Sapphire K. – How did you get into TV and movies?

I did some TV back home in Australia and shot a few Bollywood movies that were filmed in Sydney and worked in a number of commercials and brand campaigns. Being an international beauty queen helped a little, but most of the work was generated through my own networking and eventually with a help of my agent. By chance and luck, really, I was offered a scholarship that I did not even apply for and before I knew it, I was in Los Angeles. I had bought a one-way ticket from Sydney to LA, did not know anyone, or anything or even have accommodations sorted. With sheer hard work and being true to myself and a lot of random chance meetings and magical coincidences, I meet the right people and manifest these amazing opportunities. While I was attending the Cannes Film Festival in 2012, I got offered a part in a French TV show, Entre Nous,” which was amazing as I got to experience working in France with their customs. For example, I got used to the 2 hour-long lunches every day and scrumptious dinners and hearty breakfast that the cast and crew enjoyed.

Sapphire K. – Do you have a strong support system (family/friends/significant other)?

Yes, I’m blessed to have incredibly supportive parents who are my biggest fans. I’ve been lucky to attract an extended family of like-minded and caring people here in LA. I also have a lot of spiritually inclined friends here who are very grounded and have clarity and that helps a lot. My spirituality gives me an incredible level of discernment and awareness and this is very crucial in this town. In this line of work, people exist in a bubble of illusion, even the successful ones. You have to really have the realization that your work and success or lack thereof does not define you and does not make a human being. There are times when you may feel there is no light at the end of the tunnel. It is at these times that you need the comfort and assurance for your soul, the most. This could come from understanding friends or from your higher self, should you choose you listen. People ask me” do you love LA”? I joke: LA loves me!! It’s true I feel blessed to be having the life that I do, pursuing my dreams and having a life full of magic and awe.

Sapphire K. – Where are your favorite places to unwind? Eat? Shop? Spa?

Favorite restaurant: Inn of the Seventh Ray, Topanga. I also love Melisse, and Providence for high-end fine dining. For more casual fare, I love Jitlada for Thai and The Little Door for French.

Shop: The Grove, and Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills.

Spa: I love Korean spas like the Beverly Hills Hot Springs and Voda Spa. I also love Desert Hot Springs in the high desert.

Sapphire K. – Do you have a favorite beauty brand?

For fragrances, I love Christian Dior.  For make up, Make Up Forever, MAC and Estee Lauder. I love the brand Korres for skin care. I also pick up local beauty brands when I travel around. My beauty kit is an eclectic combination of high-end brands as well as boutique handmade creams and scents. Same goes with clothes. I love to shop in the Middle East and Asia for local, no-name designers. I am unique in the sense that I do not choose to wear something just because it is a certain brand or price. But rather because it looks fabulous on me and does justice to my shape and features. My wardrobe could consist of a $5000 pair of shoes sitting next to a pair I bought for 10 bucks in Bangkok somewhere. And I manage to get equal number of compliments for each!

Sapphire K. – What’s your routine to get from day to night glam?

A lot of the time, my daytime dress could easily work as evening cocktail glamour as well. I’m very comfortable in my own skin, so I feel I really carry a dress like I own it. My sense of style is “sexy yet classy” and I  am usually the most dressed person in the room. Even my “casual” wear is quite dressy for LA. I add exquisite jewellery to any outfit and match with some great accessories to add to an outfit. My make up can change too- more smoky eyes and bold red lips…with my blingly-heels swapped for a more blingly, even higher pair of heels!!!

Sapphire K. – What is your ultimate career goal?

To inspire and empower people through my work and my presence. To be a recognized and well-respected international artist fulfilling my purpose. I hope that my life has been meaningful and I have had a positive effect on people that I interact with.

Sapphire K. – What can we expect [next] from Preity Uupala?

Expect the unexpected!!! Hopefully lots of TV and film projects. I truly want to launch my career in Hollywood TV and film. So expect to see me on the big screen soon. I will continue to do striking, deep and profound photography and videography. I am the head delegate for India and a board member for the Asia Pacific Film Festival and will preside over that event later in Bangkok. Lots of traveling in store for other film festivals such as Cannes and Sundance. I have my feet firmly on the ground and have an exuberant year ahead of me.

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  • Alison Rost

    What a wonderful interview! Sapphire K is a true beauty inside and out. I especially loved Preity’s advice to girls who want to follow their dreams. So true that “In our last moments of time, you will not regret the things you did but the things that you did not do” x

    September 16, 2017 at 5:05 pm
  • Marysa

    Such an interesting interview! How neat to be able to travel the world and have such opportunities. I enjoyed reading about her favorite places. It seems like she found her destiny even after trying other careers.

    September 16, 2017 at 10:31 pm
  • My dream is to travel the world! I can vouch for Munich and Cannes, they are beautiful cities! This is a great interview…we need more positive role models for young girls!

    September 17, 2017 at 2:54 am
  • shopwithmemamakim

    Wow. She is beautiful! Love that she follows her dreams! She sounds like a great woman!

    September 17, 2017 at 5:27 pm
  • Censie 'Mumby' Sawyer

    What a great interview, she sounds really nice and she is beautiful. I love how driven she is to be successful. I hope we do see her in Hollywood soon! Love this positive role model for our girls.

    September 17, 2017 at 10:46 pm
  • What a delightful lady with such wisdom and goodwill. While I’ve never seen her films, I plan to catch up on her work. I enjoyed the interview thoroughly.

    September 17, 2017 at 11:59 pm
  • pnkgirl25

    Wow, these shots are incredibly beautiful! Thank you for sharing, I really enjoyed in this post.

    September 18, 2017 at 7:19 am
  • mail4rosey

    The lights in the photos are so inviting/nice The actress is lovely. Fun to get to read a bit about her!

    September 18, 2017 at 10:20 pm
  • radif rahman

    Amazing places with stunning photos. Thanks for sharing with us.

    September 26, 2017 at 1:43 pm
  • Alli Smith

    Following your dream is great advice and the photos are beautiful. I’d love to travel to a few of these places.

    October 6, 2017 at 9:10 am
  • Candy Kage

    Enjoyed looking at all the different photos. Not the world I live in that is for sure.

    October 6, 2017 at 9:32 am
  • valmg

    I’m not familiar with Preity Uupala. I agree that people should dream, and also that how you live and behave and treat others is what makes you who you are.

    October 6, 2017 at 9:36 am
  • Tomi_C

    Great pics! Each of these places you highlighted are so elegant. I’ve never heard of Preity but sounds like she’s very much of an international star.

    October 6, 2017 at 9:55 am
  • Jeanette

    I have never heard of her but she is gorgeous. I’m glad that she’s willing to talk about what she does and how to achieve your dreams if you want to get there too. I think we all should have dreams and try to achieve them. I’m glad she achieved her dream.

    October 6, 2017 at 10:23 am
  • I’m not familiar with her. However, her tips and advice are great for most people, and I’m thankful she was willing to share. These places are beautiful, and I’d love to travel to them one day.

    October 6, 2017 at 12:34 pm
  • I have to admit I’ve not heard of Preity before, but she sounds like a women who is really following her dreams and it is great to hear her talk about it and how she got there.

    October 6, 2017 at 12:35 pm
  • Christy Maurer

    That is so nice that you were able to interview her. She seems like such a sweet, intelligent woman.

    October 6, 2017 at 12:53 pm
  • chubskulit

    She looks beautiful! Even her name sounds pretty! iT’S GREAT TO FOLLOW YOUR DREAMS, YOU WILL BE HAPPY WITH WHAT YOU DO.

    October 6, 2017 at 1:18 pm
  • I have never heard of her but her questions are pretty stop on. She gives good advise.

    October 6, 2017 at 2:13 pm
  • Vanessa Palma

    What an amazing interview. I had never heard of her. Now I want to try a Korean Spa! I absolutely loved the travel suggestions too.

    October 6, 2017 at 2:52 pm
  • This was such a great interview! I really enjoyed the photos as well. It makes me wish I could travel more often.

    October 6, 2017 at 3:37 pm
  • Our Family World

    I enjoyed reading your write up about such a beautiful woman inside and out. She is definitely someone young girls can look up to when trying to carve their own niche in the world. I would love to know more about her accomplishments and her work. She does seem like a really awesome person, successful in her field and yet very down to earth.

    October 6, 2017 at 7:22 pm
  • Wow, how stunning and I really love her advice. I think everyone should aspire to be what ever they want to be.

    October 7, 2017 at 4:10 am
  • Oh wow, she is gorgeous! It’s great to learn more about another successful person who’s in a different industry. Thanks for sharing this one! It’s very insightful.

    October 7, 2017 at 6:40 am
  • Lian Wright

    Priety’s story is an amazing one. It is important to try and do things during this lifetime that make you happy. This was a great interview. All of the places she has visited are awesome.

    October 7, 2017 at 9:18 am
  • Shannon Graham

    I am in love with this. This is so much luxury!

    October 7, 2017 at 6:18 pm
  • Kimberly @ Berly's Kitchen

    This was a great interview and what an awesome opportunity. She’s very positive and has a great sense of self. Love her advice on places to travel.

    October 7, 2017 at 7:02 pm

    Thanks for sharing this interview. It’s always nice to learn about others. Great photos too!

    October 7, 2017 at 7:28 pm
  • Leah

    I really enjoyed reading this interview! I’m not much of a traveler (hate flying), but the pictures are amazing and make me want to travel more. The St. Basil Cathedral is gorgeous. I’d love to see that in person.

    October 7, 2017 at 8:27 pm
  • Lena B

    What an amazing interview – she seems like an incredible person! I’ve been in Moscow a few times but all in the 90’s It is an interesting place with a lot to offer. All the other places look incredibly tempting!

    October 7, 2017 at 10:44 pm
  • She seems like such an amazing person, I love to travel and almost finished visited the west and middle Europe.

    October 8, 2017 at 12:50 pm
  • Kudos to Preity for going for her dreams. I love that she said be authenthic, that can’t ever be stressed enough.

    October 8, 2017 at 8:54 pm
  • Olivia D. Sanders

    Her pics are beautiful! She is stunning! That hotel in Sri Lanka looks so good! It’s so cool how you two met and you’re now featuring her on your blog! What a coo coincidence! Thanks for sharing!

    October 9, 2017 at 3:17 am
  • Annemarie LeBlanc

    Wow. She is a terrific person! Very humble, very well traveled too. I wish I could get a chance to do an interview with a famous personality. That would be so exciting!

    October 9, 2017 at 5:46 am
  • great interview! I love to travel and Mykonos is definitely on my travel bucket list!

    October 9, 2017 at 6:25 am
  • I have never heard of Preity but she’s beautiful lady. Thanks for showing us about her.

    October 9, 2017 at 9:24 am
  • It’s always inspiring to hear about amazing women from around the world. Great photos, and I loved reading the interview. Preity is inspiring.

    October 9, 2017 at 5:14 pm
  • Valerie P.

    I need to get like you guys and see some world. Makes me ready to stamp that passpor and hopefully connect with some. Amazing ppl like you did!

    October 9, 2017 at 9:50 pm
  • Valerie P.

    I need to see some world like you guys! You never know who you may meet. Great read .

    October 9, 2017 at 9:51 pm
  • Tiffany Heard

    Good to know that she is pursuing her dreams. I have stayed at the Lebua hotel in Bangkok and they have gorgeous views on the rooftop bar.

    October 9, 2017 at 10:15 pm
  • You always have such great travel articles. Interesting interview. The photos are gorgeous too. That hotel room in Macao is stunning

    October 10, 2017 at 2:32 am
  • Great post. I was not familiar with her before reading your post. I love the travel recommendations. I bookmarked this page to refer for future travel options. Thanks for sharing.

    October 10, 2017 at 12:19 pm
  • What an extraordinary, exciting life! I have to check out some of these places – I’ll add them to my list of must see spots.

    October 12, 2017 at 7:03 am
  • Ebony Hinton

    One thing I always remember that she stated as well, is to follow your dreams. It gets tough but it’s so rewarding in the end.

    October 12, 2017 at 1:49 pm

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