Naaz Joshi, India’s First Transgender International Beauty Queen To Represent India For the 3rd Time
After winning global accolades as Miss World Diversity for the year 2017 & 2018; Naaz Joshi - India’s First Transgender International Beauty Queen will be representing India once again and reclaiming the crown this year. She is the first transgender in the world who has won the crown competing with natural-born women. Before this only Miss Spain and Miss Canada who were transgenders competed at Miss Universe but failed to bag any crown. This year, Miss World Diversity 2019 will be held at Mauritius on August 4, 2019, with the participation of 14 more countries including India, Mauritius, Philippines, South Africa and 11 more. Miss World Diversity is the second pageant in the world which allows transsexual models to participate with women.
Naaz has always fought against discrimination, experienced traumatic childhood and tribulations but she was not meant to be bowed down by the society or family. She was abandoned at the tender age of 7, by her parents. The period when a child plays with toys, she was exposed to work menial jobs in dhabas and restaurants to fend for her school fee. Her mother used to send her the fee but the cruel aunt always illtreated her in Mumbai thus making her do all household works. In the mornings she used to go to school and afternoon to Dhabas and in evening she used to do household work.
At the age of 11, Naaz faced her biggest nightmare which was traumatic that etched in her mind. She was gang-raped multiple times by her own cousin and his friends. She found herself on the death bed, with her uncle asking her to keep quiet on this matter. Her uncle left her in lurch in the hospital where she met a transgender who was working in toli, who helped her getting a job at the dance bar. In spite of the traumatic incidents she had experienced, her grit and determination made her complete her schooling. During this time she met her cousin sister Viveka Babajee who was a well-known model and was an ex-Miss Mauritius Universe 1994 and 2nd brand ambassador of Kamasutra condoms. Viveka was her inspiration and idol who asked her to pursue a fashion job along with a fan of hers at the dance bar who was at that time working for a big designer at Mumbai. On her insistence, she appeared for NIFT exams and cleared the interview with flying colours. Her NIFT education was sponsored by her late sister Viveka Babajee who committed suicide in 2010 in Mumbai. Naaz even worked with fashion bigwigs like Ritu Kumar and Ritu Beri.
Naaz underwent a sex reassignment surgery in 2013 and started her modelling career eventually. She is the first Indian transgender woman to appear on the cover of a magazine and also the world's first woman to endorse a sanitary napkin advertisement. She is also North India's first transgender mother; she broke all barriers and fought against all odds to win the first Indian transgender title, Miss World Diversity 2018. Competing against 22 participants in Dubai, Naaz won the pageant a second time in a row.
Breaking all the barriers and fighting all the odds, Naaz is now an inspiration to everyone. Today she has created a niche of her own with achievements and accolades. She has walked many ramp shows and has been the show stopper for save the pug and Rajasthan designer festival in 2014. She launched MIHM a platform for MARRIED INDIAN ladies to showcase their talent through a beauty pageant name MRS INDIA HOMEMAKERS. In the last 3 years, Naaz has done 13 beauty pageants under the label MIHM and sent more than 18 women to compete for international pageants. Naaz herself won Miss Queen of the Globe International 2017, Miss World Ambassador 2017 and Miss Trans Queen India Classic 2018.
Naaz is also a social activist and raises funds for NGO through her beauty pageants and tries to do little for the underprivileged. Her aim is to spread happiness to people who perhaps did not support her when she needed them the most. She does the groundwork with various NGOs and raises funds for HIV-Aids kids. She has been to 10 villages and given them knowledge on self-improvement and menstrual hygiene.