Bengaluru: The auditions for the Mrs. India-Karnataka 2018 beauty pageant kicked off with a big bang at Chancery Pavillion on February 3. Women from across the state turned up in huge numbers for the auditions to encash on their positive traits, talents, capacities and looks. The participants were accorded a warm welcome by the organisers who briefed them about the rules and regulations of the contest.
Once the auditions began, the participants were directed to do a cat-walk and later asked to give a brief introduction in concurrence with the judges’ questions. Women participated in various categories i.e., 22-40, 41-60 & 60 plus. While some had just finished their graduation, others were either homemakers or entrepreneurs.
Speaking on the occasion, Mrs India-Karnataka organiser Pratibha Saunshimath (Mrs. Asia International & Mrs. India 2015, Organiser & Director of Mrs. India-Karnataka & Regional Director of Mrs. India) said the event “Mrs. India-Karnataka” was the only beauty pageant that celebrated beauty in diversity. “Every woman is beautiful and should feel beautiful about herself irrespective of her height, weight, age or colour. Our pageant aims at bringing out the talented and beautiful women of Karnataka, to the forefront”, said Saunshimath, who was the first Kannadiga married woman to hold an international beauty title.
She said that she was organising the event to bring more women from various backgrounds, to the limelight. The pageant organisers were working towards changing the lives of women by instilling confidence in them and by giving them the strength to prove that they were excellent multi-taskers.
This time, Mrs. India-Karnataka is planning a few initiatives to honour the women achievers of Karnataka from various fields; some might be already well-known and some others totally unknown. “I have started this initiative in Karnataka after winning the Mrs. Asia title to help women rise up. We want these women to be an inspiration to others; we want to acknowledge their hard work and get them noticed and recognised”, Saunshimath added.
Mrs. India-Karnataka is the country’s largest platform for married women to showcase their beauty, talent, glamour and culture. Mrs. India is not looking for models but is an inspirational event to create role models. The state finals will be held at the Royal Orchid Resort and Convention Centre, Yelahanka from February 22 to 24 and the grand finale on February 24. Once selected, they will participate in Mrs. India and then head on to Mrs. Asia, Mrs. World and Mrs. Planet.
Finally, out of 132 participants, 32 women made their way to the state finals.