Beauty contests often represent the shallow nature of human beings judging people based on their looks, walking down the ramp being one of the foremost expected qualities in a contestant. Prepare to be surprised with this initiative!
The contest is the idea of tax consultant Sounak Banerjee whose life changed in 2006 when muscular dystrophy forced him to use a wheelchair to get around in the bustling city of Mumbai.
Mr. Banerjee liked watching Bollywood films and TV shows but often found the absence of people with disabilities in the entertainment industry “disturbing”.
“Disabled people are also consumers of the entertainment industry but they are seldom represented,” he says.
Miss Wheelchair India contest is aimed to fill these gaps and provide a platform they could call their own
Started in 2013 Miss Wheelchair India – a category a pageant is for unmarried wheelchair bound ladies. The contest which was held in provides a platform for differently abled women.
Planning the event was tough due to a lack of funding and human resources, he says but adds that the struggles were forgotten when the final day approached.
The pageant which is supported by an NGO called S J Foundation under Dr. Rajlakshmi S J, also holds contests in category B – for all kinds of differently abled people, category C for married differently abled and Mr. wheelchair India.
The event aims to open doors for wheelchair users in modeling, film and television, say organizers.