Hyderabad: Positivity has become the most wanted trait during these tough times and providing a whole lot of it, acting as a distraction from the pandemic apart from as a platform for people from the LGBT community to showcase their talents, is Mobbera Foundation, a city-based NGO. An online beauty pageant is how Mobbera is spreading positive vibes, with this year being the second season of the pageant.
A unique element of this pageant, the first round of which concluded recently, is its emphasis on inclusivity.
“Beauty pageants are infamous for their exclusionary ways but in this one, we are striving hard to break social and patriarchal barriers. This pageant challenges social norms by providing an inclusive platform for everyone, irrespective of their age, gender or sexual orientation. That is why we have titles — Transface Mobbera, Unicorn Mobbera (gender-fluid), in addition to the traditional titles such as Miss and Mister,” shares Sandipan of Mobbera Foundation.
Going a step ahead this year, the event has an HIV positive participant as well, one who is not afraid of being vocal about the condition. “We are taking the inclusivity further this year,” said Sandipan.
According to Sandipan, they didn’t have plans of conducting the pageant this year but based on the requests they received, they decided to take it up.
“We got a lot of requests asking for the pageant and that is how we ended up doing it again. We got a higher number of participants this time and we are gearing up for the second round, where the participants can showcase their talent, irrespective of what it is,” says Sandy.
The final result of the pageant will be announced on May 23, after the third round as well.
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