India's first transgender beauty pageant begins
Bangalore, Jan 19: The search for ‘Indian Super Queen’ is on. If you wondering what is so great about the yet another talent hunt or another beauty pageant think again as 'Indian Super Queen' is the first ever beauty pageant for the transgender community in India.
The commendable initiative by Twelve Noon Entertainment, an initiative of Laxmi Narayan Tripathi along with VCare, a diversified business conglomerate saw its launch on Tuesday, Jan 19 with the support of Bollywood stars Celina Jaitley and Seema Biswas.
“'Indian Super Queen' would bring the community of transgenders to unite and give a positive vibe about who and what they are," said Laxmi Narayan Tripathi, known as Laxmi, CEO of Twelve Noon Entertainment.
"It is not about who is the best and most aesthetically beautiful, it's about who is willing to proudly display their character, take pride in who they are and to prove that they are just as 'human' as all of us,” added Laxmi, the prominent and popular activist working for the transgender community.
Extending her support to the contest and the community, actress Celina Jaitley said, “It’s a pleasure to live in a country where human rights and equality amongst all is appreciated. Its time for the much oppressed 'kinnar' community to come up on the stage and show the world that beauty exists in all human beings.”
The contest is set to begin after auditions in Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, Chennai, Hyderabad, Bhopal, Bhubaneshwar, Ahmedabad, Jaipur and Kolkata.
In the Bangalore audition which took place on Monday, Jan 18 at Hotel Infantry, Shivaji Nagar, four candidates were selected to take part in the next round.
The four Bangalore winners Zara, Monisha, Tanushree and Natasha will fight for the top spot in semi-finals, which will take place in Mumbai on Feb 6.