ENTERTAINMENT | May 10, 2018:
Bandana Rai from Sikkim won the title tag of Miss India 2018 title at the Allure Fashion Tour (AFT) Mrs. & Miss India pageant held in New Delhi on May 4. She was conferred the title by Dev Jindal, owner of Allure Tabloid. Bandana also won the title of Miss Ramp Walk at the beauty pageant.
The event was followed by three categories – Mrs Classic (35 years and above), Mrs India (28-35 years) and Miss India (18-27 years), had more than 50 contestants in all three categories from across the country.
Bandana was the only participant in the Miss India category from the entire North East region. Out of 19 contestants shortlisted for the finale, Bandana was among the top 5 contestants. The contestants were judged through various rounds including ramp walk, talent round and Q&A.
“I applied online through my sister-in-law’s recommendation. The overall experience was good, as I got a chance to compete at the national level. The competition was tough as all the participants were very talented,” she expressed.
Fresh from the feat, Bandana has entered in a year’s contract with AFT for photo shoots, fashion, ramp walk and a role in a South Indian movie that will be later dubbed in Hindi.
“Since I was a child, I was interested in glamour. I also participated in school plays and was also the winner of the best actress award in Kolkata during school days,” Bandana said.
She had also won the Miss Kirawa Rai Sikkim title at Namchi in 2016 and also participated in the Red Panda Winter Carnival fashion show last year. Her next target is to participate in the upcoming Femina Miss India pageant.
“Everyone has been appreciating me for making Sikkim proud at the national level. I feel proud of myself too, my family, friends and teachers have all been supporting me. First I will focus on my studies and complete my graduation. Then I will go out, most probably to Kolkata and pursue my career in modelling,” she said.
Bandana shared that she has been hitting the gym from last year for fitness and have been practicing ramp walks and facial expressions through online tutorials.
Daughter of Late Dhanraj Rai and Shoba Rai, Bandana is a resident of Sichey, Gangtok and is currently pursuing graduation in political science from Tadong government college.
Her mother expressed joy over Bandana’s achievement and urged all the parents to support their children in these kinds of competitions.
TNT- with inputs from Sikkim Express
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