Ground Report | New Delhi: Saisha Shinde transwoman; Harnaaz Sandhu has crowned Miss Universe on Monday after a 21-year wait since Lara Dutta’s victory in 2000. The 21-year-old pageant winner wore a dress designed by Saisha Shinde, a fashion designer who initially came out as transgender.
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Saisha Shinde transwoman
Saisha Shinde came out as transsexual earlier this year. She made Harnaaz Sandhu look like a diva in a stunning silver dress. She had beaded embellishments along with a plunging neckline. Shortly after the win, Saisha shared Harnaaz Sandhu’s photo on her Instagram and wrote, “We did it.” Surely, the designer was as happy and proud as the whole country.
“It was only in my 20s at NIFT that I found the courage to accept my truth; I really bloomed. I spent the next several years believing that I was attracted to men because I was gay, but it was only 6 years ago that I finally accepted myself, and today I accept you. I am not a gay man. I am a trans woman, “the designer had written on social media at the time.
Irrespective of your origin, there will always be something that reminds you of your childhood. For me, it takes me back to the kind of loneliness that aches, to pressures that pushed me into solitude, and the chaos of confusion that grew every moment. All through school and college, while the boys outside tormented me because I was different, the internal pain was far worse.
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I felt suffocated living a reality that I knew wasn’t mine, yet one that I had to stage everyday because of societal expectations and norms. It was only in my early 20s at NIFT where I found the courage to accept my truth; I truly bloomed. I spent the next few years believing that I was attracted to men because I was gay, but it was only 6 years ago that I finally accepted to myself, and today that I accept to you.
I am not a gay man. I am a Transwoman.
According to a News18 report, Shinde’s transition process was helped by the fact that she was designing this dress. She had said: “There is a certain expectation of Miss India in an international pageant. She has to look elegant, exquisite and the dresses must look delicate and delicate but at the same time powerful, strong, which, by the way, my brand has become.
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