Mumbai: After traveling across the country as a part of their Beauty with a Purpose (BWAP) Tour, Miss World Organisation along with six continental winners came together with Miss India Organization to celebrate the 55 years of legacy of fbb Colors Femina Miss India 2018 at Carnival Cinemas, Imax Wadala.
The chief guests for the evening included Miss World 2017 Manushi Chhillar , Chairman and CEO Miss World Julia Morley, Miss World Europe – Stephanie Jayne HILL (from England), Miss World Americas – Alma Andrea MEZA CARMONA (From Mexico), Miss World Africa – Magline JERUTO (From Kenya),Miss World Asia – Ha Eun KIM (From Korea), Miss World Caribbean – Solange Johnson SINCLAIR (From Jamaica), Miss World Oceania – Annie Diana EVANS (From New Zealand) and Miss World 2016 Stephanie Del Valle.
The press conference saw 30 school children of Muktangan School representing 30 states sing the National anthem highlighting the fact that this year too the pageant will explore potential talent in all 30 states of India (including Delhi).
This year the mentors include Neha Dhupia (North Zone), Pooja Chopra (East zone), Pooja Hegde (West zone) and Rakul Preet Singh (South Zone).
Speaking at the event Chhillar said that she was elated and excited as her BWAP project which is on menstrual hygiene is being supported by the Miss World Organisation and that it has been started in her home country India.
Chhillar also spoke about how it was Stephanie who crowned her at Miss India as well as Miss World pageant and gave advice to all those contestants that are aspiring to be Miss India.
The Organisation also revealed that the auditions for Miss India 2018 will commence from February 9 with Andhra Pradesh auditions happening at Vizag and the top 3 contestants from every state will proceed to the State’s Zonal crowning ceremony which will be held in Bangalore (South Zone) on February 24, Kolkata (East Zone) on March 22, Delhi (North Zone) on April 12 and Pune (West Zone) on May 13.
Speaking at the event, Rohit Gopakumar, COO, Miss India Organisation said, “2017 saw Miss Haryana Manushi Chhillar winning the fbb Colors Miss India pageant and she went forth to win the coveted Miss World Title for India after 17 years. With the Introduction of a new format last year wherein state pageant winners compete for the national title has helped Miss India permeate to smaller towns across India, helping young women re-write their destiny.”