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Excited 40 Transgenders show Up for Audition- 13 got Selected for 1st State Transgender Beauty Pageant

  • Excited 40 Transgenders show Up for Audition- 13 of them got Selected to compete in the FIRST Ever State Level “Parivarthan Beauty Pageant for Transgenders” to be held at Town Hall-Mangaluru on Sunday, 14 October 2018 at 5 pm, organized by Parivarthan Charitable Trust in association with Mangalorean.com, V4 News and Fashion ABCD, Mangaluru

Mangaluru: Excitement and Happiness was in the air when nearly 40 Transgenders showed up at the Parivarthan Charitable Trust Office located in Milagres Centre- Mangaluru for the audition, where only 13 got selected to enter the Karnataka State FIRST ever “Parivarthan Beauty Pageant for Transgenders, to be held on Sunday 14 October 2018 at 5 pm at Town Hall-Mangaluru (now renamed as Kudmul Ranga Rao Purabhavana). For all these participants, this is their first-time experience, so a few of them were nervous during the audition interview, while others fared well. But everyone was happy and thrilled that for the First time that they got a chance to participate in a Beauty Pageant, which was earlier a Woman Event.

Speaking to Team Mangalorean , Charan Suvarna-Mangaluru ( partner of fashion ABCD, and a experienced person in handling fashion shows, beauty pageants and other Film-related events); Ms Sharal Manoraj-Mangaluru (has been in fashion Industry for a year, and has done three beauty pageant auditions in the past, and currently is in the grooming team of Fashion ABCD-Bengaluru/Mangaluru-prior to which she had worked as HR person for Accenture, Bengaluru); and Ms Alisha Rego, Mangaluru (a professional Make-Up artist, Bridal Make-Up artist, who is a freelancer in this field, and travels all over India for this job has been a judge for various Fashion/beauty Pageants events at local Dental Colleges) said, “Seems like everyone that we interviewed today had Passion, Determination and Intention to come up in their lives and show the world that being a Transgender they too can fare better than the original (woman)”.

“We judge them not more on how they look, but according to their capabilities of Communicating, Performance and Respect. We want to select the best based on their qualities and talents and make them a respectful person in society so that they can move around freely just like other human beings. The questions we prefer to ask them are- Why are they here for the beauty pageant? What made them enter the beauty pageant? What would be their contribution to the society if they win in the pageant? and many such queries. Quite a few participants that we interviewed/auditioned fared well, except for a few who were nervous, which is normal for a first timer, otherwise everyone did good interacting with all the three of us,” said the three audition members.

Also speaking to Team Mangalorean, participant Zoya Sheik from Gulbarga said, “Even though this was my first time entering such a pageant and also facing the pageant interviewers for the first time, I think I did well, and have a feeling that with strong determination and firm will I could bag the Crown, and show the world that as a Transgender I too can be a Transqueen. I extremely thank Parivarthan Charitable Trust for providing me a platform to show my hidden talents- and if I win the title I will see that I take the Transgenders identity to greater heights, and see that we too get respect and love just like other regular persons”.

Arundhati from Mandya speaking said, “This is my first time taking part in such a beauty pageant, and I feel great that we got a chance to highlight our talents through Parivarthan Charitable Trust, for which I’m very grateful. I wasn’t nervous facing the three interviewers during the audition, and I fared well, I suppose. Hope I will get a chance to walk the ramp in the finals, and win the coveted title, and be an example representing Transgenders and show the society that Transgenders too can achieve and succeed if there is support and encouragement from others. I want to make others know that we too are human beings and that we too need love and respect like others”.

Sanjana from Mangaluru, who was the First Transgender to be the Brand ambassador for the 7th Senior National Level Lagori Tournament held in 2017 in Mangaluru said, “Having this beauty pageant for Transgenders was my idea, and I put forward it to Parivarthan Trust, and it was readily approved, and I feel proud of it, that we as Transgenders also got a chance to unleash our hidden talents on the ramp and stage, and where we could prove that we too have the potential and strength like the others. We want to highlight ourselves in the society that we too also need love and respect from others, even though we have faced lots of hassles and hardship in our lives all these years. We want to stop begging, and other non-respectable activities. We are all looking for a change in our lives and in our lifestyle, and through this Beauty pageant, if I win the title I want to be a role model to every transgender here in Mangaluru and elsewhere, that we too as Transgenders can make a difference in the society, because where there is a Will there is a way”.

Participants Priya and Swetha from Bengaluru also had the same thoughts like the others to share with Team Mangalorean. The selected 13 participants will start grooming for the next three days at Hill Top Mansion in Jappinamogaru, Mangaluru and walk the ramp on the final day at Town Hall on 14 October are: 1. Sanjanna-Dandeli/Mangaluru 2. Zoya Sheikh- Gulbarga 3. Subhadra Poojary- Mangaluru 4. Bhavani- Bellary 5. Arundathi- Mysuru 6. Srinidhi-Bellary 7. Arundathi-Mandya 8. Sandhya-Bellary 9. Priya-Bengaluru 10. Rekha-Bellary 11. Anu- Shivamogga 12. Shwetha-Bengaluru and 13. Preeti-Shivamogga. The grooming on communication skills, walking style, performance, appearance etc will be done by Ms Alisha Rego, Ms Sharal Manoraj, Charan Suvarna, Miss India Ms Rimple Rai and others. Make -up on the final day will be done by the beauticians of Heaven Rose salon, Mangaluru.

Yes, the much awaited event of the Year which Mangaluru hasn’t seen till now, will be happening for the FIRST time in this picturesque Coastal City-Mangaluru on October 14 at Kudmul Ranga Rao Purabhavan, formerly Town Hall -Mangaluru, where the 13 Karnataka State’s beautiful and gorgeous Transgenders will walk the ramp, to win the coveted title, in the State Level Parivarthan Transgenders Beauty Pageant. This Beauty pageant is hosted by The Parivarthan Charitable Trust in association with Fashion ABCD and V4 Channel.

Parivarthan Charitable trust, a Ray of Hope for transgenders, was initiated in 2016, and since its inception has been working for the welfare of the Transgenders. Parivarthan Trust also celebrated the World’s First “Transgenders Day” on March 12 commemorating the birthday of Ms Violet Pereira, the Founder of the Trust, and the tradition in celebrating ‘Transgenders Day’ has been continued for the past two years. Last year, The Trust also hosted the FIRST ever Christmas Celebration with the Transgenders, thereby bringing the joy and fun during Christmas time among the Transgenders, and putting miles of smiles on their faces.

History was created in India last year in August, when India crowned its FIRST Transgender Beauty Queen in the Gurgaon, Haryana, at the “Miss Transqueen India”, which aimed to celebrate gender fluidity and enhance the profile of India’s trans community, with the winner being presented with an opportunity to represent India at the International Queen pageant in Singapore on March 2018. Also added attraction during the Pageant on 14 Oct will be dance performances by Mangaluru’s professional dance group “Sizzling Guys”, along with other entertainment. So this event will be an extravagant showbiz of all times. Parivarthan Charitable Trust has been trying to help transgenders in various means, and this event is to give them a chance to unleash their hidden talents and make themselves known in the society just like other human beings. The winners in this beauty pageant will have a chance to participate in the International Beauty Pageant to be held in Singapore in March 2019.

Karnataka Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy will grace this occasion-who will be also joined on stage by State Ministers U T Khader and Ms Jayamala; MP Nalin Kumar Kateel; MLC Ivan D’Souza; MLA Vedavyas Kamath; MLA Dr Bharath Shetty; MCC Mayor Bhasker K; Former MLA J R Lobo; DC of DK Sasikanth Senthil; Senior Judge and Member -Secretary of District Legal services Mallanna Gowda; CEO of Zilla Panchayat Dr Selwamani R; President of Zilla Panchayat Ms Meenakshi Shanthigodu; SP of DK Dr Ravikanthe Gowda; Commissioner of Police T R Suresh; DCP Crime and Traffic-Mangaluru Police Commissionerate Ms Uma Prashanth; JD (S) MLC B M Farook; MCC Commissioner Mohammed Nazir; Information Officer-DK Ms Rohini and Transgender Rights Activist Dr Akkai Padmashali. The presence of everyone is very much solicited for this unique event.

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