It was a spectacular evening of crowning the Curvy beauties in the 1st ever beauty pageant for plus-size women on 7th May, Sunday at Seasons Mall. We had 4 winners these curvy ladies made it after a tough competition from ladies across Maharashtra.
The pageant had registrations from Pune, Mumbai, Hubli and Hyderabad and also evoked an international response. After a grilling 5 rounds of auditions and a semi-final video round, 15 contestants were selected as Finalists for this pageant. These stunning women walked the ramp gracefully and each of them bagged sub-titles.
The beauty pageant was one with a difference, as the idea of this pageant was to show that even plus sized women could walk the ramp and look beautiful.
The Beauty Queens flaunting some fabulous gowns designed by Harsha Zambani and jewelry designed by Dhanashree Jahagirdar, owner of Jewel box and they looked like the sparkling beauties because of the of the makeup & hair styling done by ISAS.
These contestants underwent 10 days grooming session where they had mentors like Mihika Bhanot who gave them image overs & gave them fashion styling tips, Neha Chanchlani who gave them look makeovers, while Sam Churchill, well-known fashion groomer & Choreographer, trained them on the finer points of how to walk gracefully on the stage. The Participants were given fitness and Nutrition tips by Nirupama S, owner of FitLifestyle, while Shalini Pidiha trained them for the Masala Bhangra flash mob. Ace photographer Keyur Bokil shot the professional portfolios of the contestants.
The Judges for the Grand Finale were Simran Khanna-who has done many TV shows & is the lead actress of Sankyukt serial on Zee TV, Jacqualine Ledlie, a top plus size model, brand face of various plus size fashion brands & TV actor, Col. Yogesh Abhi-Well-Known Film Producer and Director, Nishrin Poonawala. Editor of the B’You.tiful Magazine, Prashant Girkar-Well Known Marathi Film Director.
Neha Chanchlani, Owner the Bounce Studio and Studio Strands Salon, Pune, did the Makeup and styling of the Jury Members for the Grand Finale.
Neha Chanchlani the Co-Organizer of the Pageant said, “We had been thinking about hosting such a pageant for a long time and we looking to address a fashion segment which was hitherto ignored in the country.” She added, “It was always felt that women have to be lean or size zero to enter the fashion and glamor industry. We wanted to give plus size women a platform full of opportunities to live their dreams.”
Payal Soni-Miss Curvy Queen
Monica Dularey – Mrs Curvy Queen
Trishla Rane, Director, 4th Dimension Media, and Neha Chanchlani, Owner Studio Strands Salon, Pune jointly organized the beauty pageant.
Speaking about the pageant, Trishla Rane said, “This pageant featured women who till now had not been given their due in the fashion world.”
Trishla went on to add, “Such pageants for the plus sized women have been organized in various North American, European and African Countries. However, India being ranked as 3rd in the world in the count of the overweight population never had any such a pageant.” She added, “Being plus sized does not mean that you are not fit, in fact, size has nothing to do with fitness and that was one point we wanted to bring to the fore.”