Nitasha Biswas paves way for gender equality on the ramp Image: Instagram
Natasha Biswas isn't your regular ramp model. Her gender identity is her strength and her vocation is her platform to showcase what she believes in. The 26-year-old transgender woman from Kolkata has just been crowned the first Miss Transqueen India. Natasha is currently pursuing a Masters in Business Management in Kolkata.
You say FREAK, I say UNIQUE #IAmAFreak 💥 Story of #NitashaBiswas (@trendiee) who embraced her inner freak and transformed himself to a Women. As Kitty Su turns 6 this month (19th August) I celebrate all who have been courageous enough to embrace their uniqueness 🔥Come let's celebrate 'us' and a whole lot of pleasurable chaos at #TheFreakShow 👯 #getyourfreakon #getfreaky #anniversarymonth #uniqueness #innerfreak #freakmeout #iwillfreakyouout #kittysu (Pic by @ananyaofficial )
Nitasha's posts are clearly a reflection of what she stands for. Her journey is one of overcoming her fears and insecurities and embracing herself for who she is. She hopes she will pave the way for a new beginning on the ramp for all gender identities.
At the pageant, Loiloi from Manipur bagged the first runner-up position and Ragasya from Chennai was crowned the second runner-up. The 16 finalists represented some of the Indian states and they were chosen after a rigorous hunt, involving more than 1,500 trans women across India.
"The winner will go to Thailand for Miss International Queen, the first runner-up will compete at Miss Transsexual Australia. We are looking for another international pageant, so that we can send the second runner-up too," said pageant organiser Reena Rai, founder and chairperson of Suhani Dream Catchers Pvt Ltd.
"The Change has began and it's here to stay" Finalists from all the states of India for Transqueen India 2017 Season 1 #beautypageant #changingindia #breakingstereotypes #proudindians #kolkataqueen #mediaday #timesofindia #hindustantimes #starananda #aajtak #bbcworld #indiatoday #instagramdaily #nitashabiswas
Miss Transsexual Australia 2017 Laeticia Phylliscia Raveena crowned Natasha as the first Miss Transqueen India. Raveena also performed to the Lady Gaga track Born this Way.
"This is the first organised pageant on a national level for the transwomen after the Nalsa judgement so, I strongly believe that this is going to empower transsexuals and would aspire them to dream of winning the crown and representing their country and community on an international platform," transgender social activist Gauri Sawant, one of the jury members, said.
She was joined by former Mr Gay India Sushant Divgikar, fashion stylist Shaine Soni, educator and grooming expert Avleen Khokhar, nutrition and beauty expert Varun Katyal and Hector Ravinder Dutt, principal of Delhi Public School Rohtak, among others, on the judging panel.