PUNE: Sakal Beauty of Maharashtra’s final round of auditions was held in the city and saw a massive turnout of young women along with their family ready to compete for the title of ‘Beauty of Maharashtra’. Women in the age group of 18 to 25 years competed against each other to earn a place for themselves in the final.
The audition was judged by Lovell Prabhu, Shweta Raj, Shrruti Patole Clarence and Saurabh Gokhale.
Lovell Prabhu, fashion choreographer, lauded the initiative of Sakal. “This beauty pageant that is reaching women from all corners of the State is the first of its kind pageant I have ever been a part of,” he added. Prabhu believes that this is an opportunity for all women to come forward and showcase themselves and truly live their dream.
Shweta Raj, Miss Commonwealth Asia Pacific 2016, says that the definition of beauty has changed over the years in the fashion world. “Beauty for me is the vibe that a person gives and here participants are whole package of not only beauty but also the confidence,” she added.
“Beauty of Maharashtra is definitely the doorway to dreams that come through,” says actor Saurabh Gokhale. He believes this is a great platform to showcase talents.
Shrruti Patole Clarence, Mrs Universe Confident 2017, believes that Beauty of Maharashtra is not only a platform to boost dreams that several women have but also empower them so that they know their worth. “My life has been an example that such a platform gives as wings to fly and achieve things that we never thought we would,” she added.
Some shy and some extremely confident women did not fail to impress the judges with their charm. Priya Singh, a participant who hails from Delhi, says, “This is a good platform for new faces and to make a mark in the beauty and fashion industry.” She added that the platform is offering a lot of opportunities to all Maharashtrian girls irrespective of the region they belong to.
Rajgauri Kanchan believes that Beauty of Maharashtra pageant will help her design her future. Belonging from a rural part of Maharashtra, she said, “For the people around me, the only aim in life for a woman should be to get married and have children.” She added that she participated in the pageant to break this stereotype.
“For me, it is not about winning but about giving me best,” said Shilpa Joshi, who is participating for the runner up category. She believes that this is a good stage for raw talent to be showcased.
Samruddhi Jadhav said, “I am very passionate about modelling and I want to prove myself to the world that I have it in me what it takes to be a super model.” She believes she wants to change the concept that only fair and lean works in the fashion and beauty industry.