Kolkata-based Nitasha Biswas has been crowned India’s first Miss Trans Queen at the pageant in New Delhi Sunday evening.
While not the ‘first’ Indian beauty pageant as CNN reported, it’s prize was a first, as the 26-year-old will now represent India at the Miss International Trans Queen in Thailand, in March 2018
The first pageant was held in 2009 in Chennai according to The Quint . the Northeast Transgender Queen Contest has been organized every year since 2010.
The transgender community organized the 2016 beauty pageant held at Bhagyachandra Open Air Theatre(BOAT), Imphal, as a way to protest the December 2013 Supreme Court’s verdict on Section 377.
The Times of India reports that 16 contestants had been selected after a rigorous round of auditioning in different cities across the country. The contestants varied from different geographical and cultural settings, from Chennai to Rishikesh, Manipur to Mumbai, and came from a variety of background. While one is a lawyer, another a former sex worker who wanted to make her career in modeling.
After the second round which involved a walk in formal attire, a shortlist of 10 contestants was made who were asked important questions by members of jury who included Laeticia Phylliscia Raveena, Miss Transsexual International Australia 2017, 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 journey of emotions. A mere gratitude will fall less for this moment. Privileged to win the title of Miss Transqueen India 2017 Season 1 with my beautiful fellow contestants Loloi and Ragasiya. Thanks to @transqueenindia ,@Reena Rai ,Manoj Rai, @shainesoni @Raveena @dr_varun_katyal_official Avleen Kocchar @sushantdivgikr and to all who guided me to this beautiful journey. #winningmoments #transqueen #transqueenindia2017 #kolkatagirl #beautypageant #firsttime #creatinghistory #struggles #proudindian #qknit #lgbtq #alliance #milano #indiatomorrow #missaustralia #instagramdaily #nitashabiswas
— CNN Asia Pacific (@cnnasiapr) August 31, 2017