“To live your life in such a way that it motivates people, encourages them to never give up and makes them believe that living a life like this is what inspiration truly means.”
This quote is right for those people who have proven that it’s not the physical capabilities and appearance that makes you achieve something in life, rather it’s your spirit and attitude that encourage you to achieve something in life and give you standing in the society.
Naaz Joshi, a transwoman from India, has made the country proud with a third successive victory in the beauty pageant ‘Miss World Diversity 2019’. Naaz Joshi was crowned Miss World Diversity 2019 on August 3, 2019, at Port Louis. According to an IANS report, “For the final round, she was dressed in a blue lehenga and choli and portrayed herself as a powerful Indian Goddess, who stands for ‘Shakti’ – the feminine source of power and women empowerment.”
On winning the title, she said, “Winning crown gives me the power and responsibility. With such a huge responsibility, I aim to work towards bringing transgender into the mainstream. I want that everyone should accept us as we are without any discrimination.”
Naaz Joshi faced much the difficulties growing up, but didn’t give up. She preceded 14 female contestants and became the first transwoman to be crowned ‘Miss World Diversity’ for the third time! Today, the whole world is proud of her.
When she was young, she used to live in Delhi. Her parents sent her to live in Mumbai with her uncle’s family to avoid stigma.
Her life has been full of struggles since childhood. She is from Delhi, her father is a Punjabi and her mother is Muslim. Her upbringing took place in her maternal uncle’s family. She worked in restaurants to earn a living. No struggles diverted her from her path. She wanted to do something that would earn her respect in society. Education mattered a lot to her, too. She took admission in NIFT and scored a top rank in the same. After that, she pursued an MBA in Marketing from IMT through correspondence because she was not given regular admission.
She is the first transsexual women to be on the covers of international magazines. I think that despite putting in a lot of efforts, she was never given the respect she deserved. When she entered modeling, she met Rishi Taneja, a photographer, who made a biopic on her. After seeing that biopic, some media houses gave her a break and she featured on their cover page. She was not accepted at first, but she didn’t give up and continued trying to make her life better.
She has taken a big step towards bringing change. Her vision includes doing something for the welfare of the girls, especially in rural areas, by opening computer institutes to impart free education to girls so that that can become independent.
She also graced the cover page of an international magazine, and that was a dream come true. And when her parents called her up and said that they were proud of her, she was really happy. Now, she lives with them. She practices and professes humanity as her religion.
She wishes to give the respect that she never got to others. “Just because the society did not accept me, it doesn’t mean that I should do the same”, she says.
She has done many fashion shows and participated in many beauty pageants. She organizes a ‘Mrs. Homemaker’ competition and, under this banner, she has organized six beauty pageants till now. She was also the show stopper in the Rajasthan Designer Festival in 2014. Na
Hers is a journey of a dream, effort, perseverance, and success. Hers is a story to learn from!
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