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Nitasha Biswas will be contesting Miss Trans Queen International pageant in Thailand next year

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Gurugram, September 07, 2017:  Beauty is not entitled to a particular gender; rather it is beyond the realms of sexuality. This year on Sept 03, India crowned its first ‘Miss Trans Queen 2017’-  Nitasha Biswas at a beauty pageant held in Gurugram (Gurgaon).

Reporter Naina Mishra of Newsgram brings you an exclusive interview with Nitasha Biswas where she speaks her heart out about the unfortunate fate of transgenders in the society. 

Miss Trans Queen 2017 India – Nitasha Biswas

The 26-year-old transwoman hails from Kolkata. From a tender age, Nitasha was aware of the gender dysphoria. She wanted to change her sexuality but at the same time pursue her basic education. Soon after completing her graduation, she flew to Delhi in the pursuit of her dreams.

Speaking to Newsgram, Nitasha says, “the journey started in childhood only when I was in school. I was firm that I would have to pave the way for this journey. My family was strict and had many restrictions back then, but I always knew that I have to complete my education.”

She lost her mother at the young age. Not succumbing to the circumstances, Nitasha self-nurtured herself to become what she is today.

Also Read: Nitasha Biswas: India Crowns its First Transqueen from Kolkata 

“My brother was the first person to acknowledge the changes and appreciated my will throughout the journey. I remember telling my father that if there is a will, there is a way to whatever you do.”

Questioning about the perception of society, Nitasha says: Transgenders have existed since the beginning of time. There can be different kinds of people – Tall, short, dark. But why not Transgender? You simply cannot stereotype based on the identity one carries. Everyone is born with a certain decorum in this world. The power doesn’t reside with us.

Before becoming a trans model, Nitasha has worked for Jabong as a stylist and was part of many other ventures.

Miss Trans Queen 2017 India – Nitasha Biswas

Dark sides are always going to exist, but it is equally important to shape your thoughts towards a positive direction and for Nitasha, it was celebrating womanhood.

She feels, “the coin has both sides, and the dark side is there but talking about the bright side holds value to me more. Everyone has a dark phase into their lives before they hail into a successful person.”

Transwomen are emerging out stronger than ever before. On the same lines, Nitasha questioned that why can’t transwomen be the Member of Parliament or the CEO of a Multi National Company. It is like limiting a person for where you come from and what you are.

Defining womanhood Nitasha says;

A woman is someone who is beautiful inside out. The calmness, serenity, strength, and audacity of embracing every role with perfection are something that defines a woman. 

Emphasizing the emotional sides of women, Nitasha said, I am a compassionate person, and I believe that for a woman, it is emotions which mould one into a beautiful lady.

While addressing the young women, Miss Trans Queen said:  

We all are on page 1 and no one is less. It’s time that we come forward to embrace our true selves and act for the betterment of tomorrow. 

After winning the title Nitasha’s life has changed. She says, “the crown is heavy but the heaviness of the crown comes to me as the responsibility. It’s the responsibility for the entire community to rise and shine. I am here to empower my community that we not less than anyone.”

To be a survivor is the best part of the whole journey. When I won the title, she said, I realized that the pain was worth going through. The prize overshadowed the sufferings of the past.

Nitasha aspires to be a Bollywood star in the near future. She will be contesting Miss Trans Queen International pageant in Thailand next year.

 


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Talent Galore at the Auditions of Radiant Mrs. Kanpur 2017 Beauty Pageant

The pageant aims to provide all women with equal opportunity to showcase their potential, and discover and improve their expertise and talent.

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The jury of Radiant Mrs. Kanpur 2017
The jury of Radiant Mrs. Kanpur 2017

Kanpur, September 26, 2017 : Every beauty queen has a story to tell – stories of competition, confidence, and growth. Stories of belief, persistence, and victory. A story talking about her success and taking home the crown. But what is truly intriguing is to hear such success stories from married women in India, who dare to take a shot at fulfilling their dreams even after the society tells them otherwise. And this is the essence behind the competition, ‘Radiant Mrs. Kanpur 2017’.

ALSO READ Honoring Married Women- Glimpses of the Radiant Mrs Kanpur 2017: A Pathway to Mrs UP 2017

A unique beauty pageant currently taking roots in one of India’s largest states, Uttar Pradesh, Radiant Mrs. Kanpur 2017 is a pathway to the Mrs. UP beauty pageant that witnesses participants from all across the country.

Currently in its first phase, the audition and elimination round of Radiant Mrs. Kanpur 2017 was organized on September 19 that saw participation from over 56 women, out of which the best 12 participants have been shortlisted for the second round.

Radiant Mrs. Kanpur 2017
Participants at the Radiant Mrs. Kanpur 2017 competition.

The jury for the audition round included Mrs. Aditi Shukla, President, Inner wheel Club & Owner of Canpore Girls P.Ltd, Mrs Jaya Srivastava, noted singer and lyricist, who is also the Director of SUR TALL SANGAM and Dr. Ira Tripathi (P.hD) Clinical Psychologist & Counselor. Also in the panel were Mr. Sachin Mishra, director of Online Services P.Ltd. and Ms. Rashmi Dharampal Singh Bhadauria, director of A2Z Brand Communication Group.

The participants were judged on a variety of parameters that evaluated their confidence, wit, talent, presence of mind and also closely looked upon their personal achievements.

Radiant Mrs Kanpur 2017
Women from different age groups and backgrounds were part of the auditions of Radiant Mrs Kanpur 2017

A second phase of auditions and elimination has also been scheduled wherein the judges will shortlist six more participants to compete for the title of Radiant Mrs. Kanpur 2017, to be held on October 14.

Radiant Mrs. Kanpur 2017 aims to not only bring spotlight where it is due- on the married women who successfully manage work and personal life, but the competition also lends support to acid attack survivors and the transgender community of the Indian society who have chosen to not let circumstances hold them back.

The pageant aims to provide all women with equal opportunity to showcase their potential, and discover and improve their expertise and talent.

Jury, Radiant Mrs Kanpur 2017
Jury, Radiant Mrs Kanpur 2017

Thus, several acid attack survivors and transwomen also participated in the auditions, who took to the ramp to showcase their confidence and strength, thereby challenging the society’s trivial perception of beauty.

Radiant Mrs. Kanpur 2017 aims to bring together married women from all walks of life, to compete for the crown. The winner of the competition will also get an opportunity to participate in the upcoming Mrs. UP competition.

 

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Celebrating Womanhood : Kanpur Gears up to Hold the ‘Radiant Mrs. Kanpur 2017’ Beauty Pageant | Upcoming Events

Radiant Mrs. Kanpur 2017 aims to not only empower married women, but also lend support to acid attack survivors and felicitate the Indian transgender community.

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Radiant Mrs. Kanpur 2017 aims to empower women and assist them to develop the confidence they need to achieve their personal best

Kanpur, September 15, 2017 : The struggle for wider acceptance and visibility by married women in a tradition-bound Indian society has a long history. However, a wider understanding is that women must be encouraged to step out of their comfort zones and encouraged to define what it means to be ‘Confidently beautiful’. To further these efforts, the Radiant Mrs. Kanpur 2017 beauty pageant is being organized to bring spotlight where it is due- on the women of our society.

A pathway to the Mrs. UP beauty pageant that witnesses participants from across the country, Radiant Mrs. Kanpur 2017 is a unique fusion of Indian fashion and beauty, inspired by a touch of professionalism and passion. A press conference was organized on August 19 ahead of the event.

The event saw active participation from the media and the public alike, wherein details of the upcoming event were revealed. The press conference was attended by Mrs. Jaya Srivastava, singer & DD Artist, Ms.U.P. 2017 Aashi Bagga along with makeup artist and stylist Mrs. Vinita and Mrs. Zara and Directors of the A2Z Brand Communication Group, Rashmi Singh Bhadauria and Akhilesh Khare. Also present at the press conference was Mrs Kavita, an acid attack survivor who has not only fought but also defied the society and now functions as a strong, independent individual.

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The team at the press conference

Radiant Mrs. Kanpur 2017, to be held on October 14, aims to not only empower married women, but also lend support to acid attack survivors and felicitate the transgender community who are often made to feel ‘different’ in the Indian society. The beauty pageant aims to offer hope and establish itself as a symbol of change.

In this distinctive competition, married (or previously married) women will compete for the coveted title of ‘Radiant Mrs. Kanpur 2017’. The contestants will be judged on a variety of parameters like their walk, confidence, and talent.

The winner of the competition will also get an opportunity to participate in the Mrs. UP competition.

A confident woman possesses the ability to make real changes in the world, which begin at her home and the local community, and hold the potential to reach global stature. Upholding the same spirit, Radiant Mrs. Kanpur 2017 aims to empower women and assist them to develop the confidence they need to achieve their personal best.

 

Competition Details for Radiant Mrs. Kanpur 2017

  • Audition and Elimination round : September 19, 2017
  • Competition Finale October 14, 2017
  • Audition Round will be held at The Tree House Cafe, Kanpur
  • Finale will be held at Hotel S.B Castle, Kanpur

 


 

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Breast Cancer Survivors Turn Showstoppers for Indian Designer Premal Badiani at New York Fashion Week

Her collection titled Valentia encouraged women especially the breast cancer fighters and survivors to embrace their womanhood with boldness

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Premal Badian at New York Fashion Week. Facebook

New York, Sep 10, 2017: Breast cancer survivors Marry Ann DAchille and Ozlem turned showstoppers for Premal Badiani during her show at the New York Fashion Week (NYFW). The Indian designer paid tribute to real life fighters and survivors through her collection.

Her collection titled Valentia that means brave in Latin, was feminine and sexy, encouraging women especially the breast cancer fighters and survivors to embrace their womanhood with boldness, confidence and a touch of sensuality.

“I wanted to force people to re imagine the disease that is supposed to make a woman feel unattractive and lose her womanhood. My aim with this collection was to showcase the breast cancer fighters and survivors as any other woman – strong, sexy and sensuous while they took each step on the runway,” the designer said in a statement

The unconventional hand embroidery on each silhouette gave the collection a slightly mythical look that further enhanced the femininity. The colour palette with the hues of pink mixed with grey and green was carefully chosen to highlight breast cancer awareness, staying true to the brand’s philosophy of being one truly with heart and soul.

Badiani complemented her collection with exclusively designed, beautiful hand crafted floral and elk horn headpieces that symbolised strength, the fighter spirit yet being feminine and gorgeous.

Cancer survivor, Marry Ann D’Achille commented on walking the ramp, “My biggest excitement is serving the American Cancer Society and serving the designer and being introduced to her beautiful designs. I love the influence of her ideas.”

Also Read: India can bring down cost for Breast Cancer Detection, says US Scientist

Cancer fighter and survivor, Ozlem added, “Having the opportunity to walk the runway for Premal Badiani is an honour for me. It’s a reflection of the support that I’ve received and as a result of that the courage and strength it has provided me to be able to now be a breast cancer survivor.”

This is not the first time she is showcasing at NYFW. In the last season she made a collection where the primary fabric used was made from natural Cellulose fibres and produced from wood pulp, a natural renewable resource.

The label supported the American Cancer Society where VIP tickets and outfits were auctioned to raise funds for the charity. The designer tied up with brand Belsi as their jewellery partner.

“We decided to come onboard with Premal Badiani as we strongly believe in the cause and have always been a huge fan and supporter of everything that Premal does in and outside of fashion. We have always been a proponent of cancer awareness and we are happy to associate with a cause on this scale,” Belsi’s founder, Riddhi Fazal said. (IANS)