Tyra would be so proud (and not to mention Jay Manuel and Miss J)! Shaking their hips, striking a pose, captivating the attention of so many, all eyes were on the â€œSuper Queenâ€, the first transgender beauty contest hosted in India. Just like Americaâ€™s Next Top Model, the panel is stopping at different cities to find the first â€œSuper Queenâ€, a competition they hope to launch with a group of 20 finalists on February 21st.
With nerves getting the best of them, the contestants took a little bit of time to get started, but once they started, the reserved nature of these women that was a result of being â€œin the closest for 262 yearsâ€ went out the window! The contest proved to be a great platform for contestants like, Nishi Sheikh (pictured in top left), who walked in with the style of a fashionista, with confidence in her strides and dance stepsâ€¦she was said to be â€œthe Priyanka Chopra of the Communityâ€. Not only did she have confidence in herself, but she wanted to stand out in her community by pushing the borders and doing international performances, and attending to her priorities of her family and herself, without societal inhibitions.
Laxmi Narayan, the organizer of the pageant, is an activist with a positive vibe to help these women. She hopes that with this contest, the transgender community will have more confidence in their sexuality, help them attain jobs in the critical mainstream community, and also help the community with awareness about HIV/AIDs.
The grand prize of the competition is $21,000, along with serving as a leader to raise awareness about human rights and HIV prevention.
One thing is for sure, no matter what gender you are, itâ€™s clear that these women can work it! â€”MUNIA ISLAM
Photo: BBC News.