Gurugram, Aug 28; The debut edition of Miss Transqueen India 2017 concluded with much fanfare at the Hotel Bristol in Gurugram. 26 yr old trans woman Natasha from Kolkata bags the title of Miss Transqueen India 2017. Nitasha is currently pursuing masters in Business Management from Kolkata while 23-yr-old LoiLoi from Manipur bags away 1st Runners Up while24 yr old Ragasya from Chennai was crowned 2nd runners up.
The first of its kind beauty pageant for the transgender community saw a huge participation from people of all walks of life. Sixteen finalists represented major Indian states who were chosen earlier after a rigorous hunt involving more than 1,500 trans women across India. All contestants went through a one-week grooming program by various experts. The winner of the Indian title will be representing India in the most prestigious award for the community: Miss International TransQueen at Thailand.
Gauri Sawant, Actress and Social Activist who flew in from Mumbai as the jury said, “This is the first organized pageant on a national level for the trans women after the Nalsa judgement, so I strongly believe that this is going to empower transsexuals and would aspire them to dream of winning the crown and represent their country and community on an international platform.”
After three colourful rounds directed by show director Shaine Soni, eight contestants were shortlisted that included Navya ( Mumbai), Loiloi (Manipur), Ragasya (Chennai), Natasha ( Kolkata), Rocky ( Bengaluru), Ravaa ( Manipur), Namita (Chennai) and Zarine Sheikh (Delhi). Said Shaine, “This is a great step towards progressive India where we believe in the existence of mankind rather than one’s gender, so it’s like celebrating what you are.”
The esteemed jury comprised of eminent experts that included Activist Gauri Sawant, Sonal Mehta Director- HIV Aids Alliance, Actor Sushant Divgikar, Avleen Khokhar-Cosmetologist and Mind Therapist, Varun Katyal- Nutrition and Beauty Expert, Hector Ravindra Dutt- Principal DPS Rohtak, Indu Pandey – Senior journalist and RJ Simran Kohli. The guest of honours included Col Yogesh Abb, Manoj Sharma – Film Producer, Ratan Kaul – Activist and fashion designer Sanjana Jon.
The event kicked off with a colourful performance by 2017 Laeticia Phylliscia Raveena, Miss Transsexual International Australia who performed on the famous Lady Gaga track ‘ Born this Way’, followed by stunning dance performances by Sushant Divgikar ( Mr Gay World India 2014) and Anwesh Sahu ( Mr Gay World India 2016). Said Raveena, “It’s being a beautiful experience being with all these contestants and I guess this should continue as this would lead to a formation of a better India and a progressive India.”
Among the popular awardees included Shonali (Mrs Charming Transqueen), Rohit (Mrs Popular), Zarine Sheikh (Miss Intellectual), Bunty Mehra ( Miss Timeless Beauty), Laloy ( Miss Rampwalk), Rocky ( Miss Elegant), Ragasya ( Miss Fit), Natasha (Miss Photogenic), Eliza ( Best Costume), Navya (Miss Talented) and Ammie (Miss Beautiful Legs).
The brain behind the concept of Miss Transqueen India is a Delhi based woman Reena Rai of Suhani Dreamcatchers. “The community is among the most backward in the country because they do not fit into the categories of the two recognised genders of men and women. I hope things change with this and then only I’ll feel that my mission is accomplished,” said Reena.
The event was attended by social activists, designers, Delhi’s glitterati and those who can help to make this progressive step go further. Miss Transqueen India 2017 has been also supported by HIV / AIDS Alliance, Milap, Lisap, Amit Gems, AGI Jewellers and Ekta Kapoor Makeovers.