In a remarkable and unprecedented initiative, a beauty pageant for visually-impaired girls was organised in Bhubaneswar. Of the 56 girls from across the state who participated, some were completely blind, while others had partially impaired vision.
The event was jointly organised by Bhubaneswar based Vocational Rehabilitation Centre for Handicapped (VRCH), along with the Ministry of Labour & Employment, DGE and National Association for the Blind (NAB), Odisha State Branch, Orissa Diary reports.
After the first round of competition, 14 participants were selected in the age group of 18-30 years. Of these, four participants — Jhumri Biswal, Snehprabha Lenka, Rasmita Jena, and Sandhyarani Patra will go into the next round. Jhumri Biswal was selected Miss Odisha, while Sandhyarani Patra was the runner up.
The four shortlisted girls will visit Mumbai along with 30 other participants from different states of the country. These participants, after 15 days of rigorous training, will participate in the finale which will be held in January 2017, as reported by The New Indian Express.
The training will be provided to them by a trained choreographer and a personality development trainer. During the final event, the visually impaired girls will be put through rounds of question-answer sessions, talent shows, and ramp walks in the presence of several celebrities and citizen judges.