‘Kodiyalche Chedu’ Josita Rodrigues- a Prospective Hollywood Heroine

‘Kodiyalche Chedu’ Josita Rodrigues- a Prospective Hollywood Heroine

Kodiyalche Chedu (Mangaluru Girl) ‘Miss Teen South Asia’ Josita Anola Rodigues- a Prospective Hollywood Heroine

Mangaluru: Mangaloreans, especially Mangalorean Catholics should be proud that yet another “Kodiyalche Chedu” (Mangaluru Girl) who represented South Asia at the World Super Model Teen Contest held recently in Macau-South China has bagged an invitation from Belgian actor and film Director Fredrick De Vos for his upcoming Hollywood movie. The other lass of Mangaluru origin who acted in the Hollywood movie “Slum Dog Millionaire” and will act in the forthcoming movie “Jungle Book” is Freida Selena Pinto. And for that matter, this lucky girl who is just an IInd PUC student to get this offer to act in a Hollywood movie is none other than 17-year-old Josita AnolaRodrigues, who recently won the “Miss Teen South Asia 2017′ contest held in Mumbai- and she had the chance to represent at the World Super Model Teen contest held in Macau, where she won a place among the top ten contestants.

Mirror..Mirror on the Wall..Josita is the prettiest among all! Fringe or no fringe, for this gorgeous, ravishing and stunning Mangalorean lass with a lot of gusto and a resplendent personality, JositaAnola Rodrigues had outclassed the rest of the contestants to win the title “Miss Teen South Asia 2017” held in Mumbai last month. Gorgeous, honest and extremely talented are the few words that could describe Josita Rodrigues, and by the way she interacted with Team Mangalorean during an exclusive interview, her honesty and positivity seem to be pretty impressive.

A beauty pageant or beauty contest is a competition that mainly focuses on the physical beauty of its contestants, although such contests also incorporate personality, intelligence, talent, and answers to judges’ questions as judged criteria. Beauty pageants remain one of the oldest and well-known symbols of sexism in society today. However, the fact remains that beauty pageants still celebrate and reward a narrow view of feminine beauty. Many females who participate in beauty pageants contribute more to society than many would have expected in the past. By their very nature, beauty pageants support the idea that, for women, any noteworthy success or accomplishment should ideally be presented in a pretty package – conventional feminine attractiveness being the package in question.

The Miss Teen Pageant had provided a fascinating glimpse into how Indian standards of femininity have been defined, projected, maintained, and challenged. The pageantry had given a chance for young teens like Josita to unleash their talents and expose their beauty. But what one realizes beyond that is their warm and straight forward attitude towards life – beautiful, inspiring and infectious. With a stunning personality, anyone would envy Josita’s superb physique and flawless skin. She seems incredibly sharp, intelligent, confident and poised, and she was unbelievably good while interviewing. Being a winner in the modelling/beauty pageant has been a dream of hers for so long that the reality of winning is yet to sink in. She is just trying to appreciate every single moment of first invaluable accomplishment.

Josita has always understood fashion and style to be an expression of the unique and beautiful inner self of each individual person. Her style prior to this pageant was exactly that. Her simple and modest demeanor translated into the sense of fashion which she appreciates herself. Ever since she got selected in the pageant she has found that her sense of style has become more expressive of who she is. She attributes her success to Anupama Suvarana and Charan Suvarna of Fashion ABCD who along with actress Sonal Monterio groomed her to be a perfect model to compete in the Miss South Asia. She is also thankful to Shubhakiran Mani, the founder of Sizzling Guys dance studio, who introduced Josita to Fashion ABCD , while she was learning dancing.


Speaking to Team Mangalorean, Charan Suvarna said, ” Grooming Josita was not that tough as she was inclined towards modelling. Her looks / Body structure and height was Key to her selection for World Teen Super Model. We were very confident of her performance since she had international looks and is suitable for Hollywood Movies. Now since Belgium actor Fedrick De Vos has assured her a role in Hollywood movie, we are expecting her to do good in Hollywood and she will be the second Mangalorean lass to be cast in Hollywood Movies after Frieda Pinto. We are proud and so should all Mangaloreans”.

Shubhakiran Mani of Sizzling Guys said, “I know Josita from her very young age, since the time she used to come to my Dance class. She’s been very talented and focused towards her work. Thereafter I noticed her interest towards Fashion, and in order to bring her into a right platform I approached Fashion ABCD and sent her for Grooming, and after this she went through auditions in Mumbai and finally she made it, and representing India in a foreign country is indeed a proud moment for me, and for all Mangaloreans. . On behalf of the entire team of Sizzling Guys Dance Studio, I would like to wish her very good luck and a bright future ahead. I bet she’ll rock in the Hollywood movie”.

Also speaking to Team Mangalorean, actress Sonal Monteiro said, “Josita is a humble and down to Earth person. She’s a very ambitious girl, and the first time I met her she was blank on what modelling was- and she was totally nervous. But with proper training and grooming under our care at Fashion ABCD, I see her today a complete different Josita with full of life and confidence. Truly another budding star from Mangaluru is all set to make some noise in the film industry. I would like to wish her all the best, with blessings and love. She’ll do great, for sure!”

Josita Anola Rodrigues born on 2 March 2000 in Mangaluru, is the daughter of Wilfred Miranda, an entrepreneur, and Anitha ‘Lobo’ Miranda, a homemaker, residing at Kodialbail in the City. After her high school studies at St Aloysius High school, Mangaluru, she is presently doing her II PU at Sharada PU College, Mangaluru. Her hobbies are dancing cooking, singing, acting, modelling and fun things. Josita has acted in Tulu Mega Serial “Deverna Daye”, and had received huge compliments for her performance in it. She is now looking forward to the unlimited opportunities that might open up once she enters Hollywood, and plans to take a decision about continuing in the field based on the success of her debut in a Hollywood movie.

Following are the excerpts from the exclusive interview:

Q: How does it feel being ‘Miss Teen South Asia 2017 winner? What was your reaction after winning the Title?

It’s really a great achievement for Me.. My reaction was like OK here I begin my journey and I just have one straight way that’s to move ahead towards success. I never realized that I would have such a moment in life! A moment where everybody’s eyes are on me and everybody notices me and knows me and knows my name… It was phenomenal…!!!!

It was a breath-taking moment! My hard work has paid off. I felt that I was meant to be in that moment!

Q: How did you prepare for this pageant? Have you competed in pageants before this one?

I worked hard.. I was trained and guided by Anupama Suvarana of Fashion ABCD, and I was groomed by actress Sonal Monterio. I competed for Miss South Asia and won the crown and then I represented South Asia in World Teen Super Model in Macau-China

Q: How did modeling happen? So when was this first opportunity that came across?

I joined sizzling guys dance studio where I meet a great personality named Shubhakiran Mani, the founder of Sizzling Guys Dance Studio who introduced me to the world of fashion. My first opportunity was Miss Konkan but I couldn’t make up to it as I was too young that time.

Q: Can you recollect for us, the beauty contests that you have entered…?

Miss South Asia Teen, and World Teen Super Model

Q: Which phase of the competition was your favorite? How do you measure success?

Bridal wear was my most favorite one because I presented myself as a typical Indian bride which impressed people and made me shine being unique.

Q: How were you different from the other contestants? What made you unique?

I was very confident, I was smart enough and I was capable to manage things. Indian tradition and culture made me unique.

Q: Winning in this pageant, do you have any ideas for a change in your career for the future?

Yes now that I have won the crown and title and I have learnt a lot from this pageant, so now I have an idea where I need to improve, so I am Confident that I will go ahead and reach the top.

Q: What do think would be the three qualities that every woman should have?

Confidence; Good mentality and thinking capacity; and she should know to manage herself.

Q: What is your style inspiration? What is your favorite item in your closet?

Jeevan Gatti is the best style inspiration. All the outfits designed by Designer mantra Jeevan Gatti are my favorite items in the closet.

Q: Who is your latest celebrity guy crush and girl crush?

Guy crush I can say- Arjun Kapipad: it’s my dream to act with him. Girl: Sonal Monterio, because she’s my inspiration

Q: What is your favorite social media platform to use and why?

Facebook because am more connected to it

Q: What your parents have to say about your success in this beauty contest?

My parents are very proud to call me as their daughter they want all success to be mine.

Q: I am sure that your family is such a huge support to you and your journey to becoming “Miss Teen South Asia” and also being one of top ten contestants at the ‘World Teen Super Model’ beauty pageant held in Macau. Was there any particular thing a family member has said that has inspired you to go this far?

There is no Particular line. But I have seen my mother going through a lot which has made me more strong and bold. My dad has supported and encouraged me a lot, also my dear grandmother Shalet Lobo; my uncle Shailesh Lobo; elder sister Riyani and my brother Allen- without all their support I wouldn’t have made it so far.

Q: How would you define your personal style? What do you see when you look in the mirror?.

My attitude and the way I express thing is my personal style. When I look at the mirror I can see a budding model and Successful actress

Q: From where you stand right now how does life look?

Life doesn’t look easy but I can see my life opening the door of happiness and success for me.

Q: What would be your greatest achievement that will make you feel your life was a huge success?

The day people will recognize me and take me as their inspiration

Q: Okay, later in the years in case if you were to choose from films and modeling, what would you choose?

Modeling and acting both are equally important to be I would definitely want to choose both.. Still, if I had to choose only 1 then it depends on the situation. But still, I would try for both.

Q: Hollywood Film Director Frederic Devos has offered you to act in a Hollywood film- How did this all happen?

He was finding a Indian face. He saw me my nature behavior.. Culture he found me capable and that’s how I was offered a movie. He will be coming to Mumbai this month to hold discussions about the proposed movie project and my role in the movie as well as story line. It will also be attended by my trainer Charan Suvarna of Fashion ABCD

Q: If you could high-five anyone in the world who would it be and why?

All my achievements and success credits will go to my mother. A daughter is a mother’s gender partner, her closest ally in the family confederacy, an extension of her self. And mothers are their daughters’ role model, their biological and emotional road map, the arbiter of all their relationships. So definitely my mother is my role model- and my high-five goes to her.

Q: What do you admire the most in a man? When the right time comes to choose your life partner, what kind of man would you prefer?

I admire his good nature and respect towards a woman.. When the right time comes I’ll choose a partner who will come into my life and remain in my heart forever. Who will respect and honour my parents and his own parents and who will encourage me in everything I do.

Q: Being a beautiful young lady yourself, who would you consider as the most beautiful woman, and why?

For me my mother is the most beautiful lady in the world .. Because I am my mother’s daughter so my beauty comes from her.

Q: What do you plan on doing after graduation? What can we expect next from Josita Rodrigues?

I will try to achieve more n more success. I will try to be the best model and the best actress and make everyone proud.

Q: What is that you would like to share with Mangalorean.com readers? Also some words of advice to younger girls who may want to follow in your footsteps.

I thank you all for being a part of my happiness. Keep praying, hope I come up to your expectations and make you all proud. What I could advise to young girls is. Yes if you have to achieve something you need to sacrifice a lot of things- your time, your friends etc. To achieve something everyone should have an inspiration. For me my inspiration is Sonal Monterio- I follow her footsteps. No matter how long the way is, never go to take short cuts in life. Nor go against your parents because your parents are never wrong..

Team Mangalorean wishes Josita Anol Rodrigues all success in her modelling and upcoming Hollywood movie offer.

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Wishing Josita all the very best as she ventures into Hollywood and all her upcoming endeavours in life.