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Mysurean wins virtual beauty pageant, thanks lockdown

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Mysuru: The over two-month long lockdown is being called as the period of adversity by many. But to a few of them it has given an opportunity to redefine themselves for a better tomorrow. 

Narmada Vijay in her different looks (photos- above and below)
For, Narmada Vijay this was a kind of ‘golden opportunity’. “I was going through a rough patch in my life and badly wanted to come out of it. The lockdown helped me heal and during the period, I won a beauty pageant,” says Narmada.
Narmada is the winner of Opera Mrs India contest 2020, a beauty pageant. 
The Opera Miss/Mrs India contest is held annually either in Mumbai or Delhi. But this time it was held virtually from Australia, due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
“Right from auditioning to grand finale, everything was virtual this time, thanks to the lockdown,” informed Narmada. There were five judges and the competition had over 3000 entries from across the country. She had one month to prepare for the contest.
The certificate presented to Narmada Vijay.
Detailing the process, Narmada said that there was talent round and creative round. “I designed a waist coat for the creative round. Also, I designed my lehnga for one of the rounds. This worked wonders for me,” Narmada said.
She beat 150 selected candidates to win the competition. 
“It was my dream to wear a tiara. At least I won the contest now,” said Narmada.
The poster of the online contest.
An alumnus of Mahajana’s college, Narmada has been modelling since her college days. She modelled for Queen’s College. She later joined the Indian institute of Fashion Technology, Bengaluru, where she honed her skills. Today, she runs a boutique in Bengaluru. Apart from this, she is one of the founders of Beyond Beautiful organisation that trains housewives to participate in beauty paegents. “They too need to be given an opportunity,” she adds. 
A native of Mysuru, Narmada is busy with her organization, Beyond Beautiful, Bengaluru. She had choreographed a fashion show for Japan Habba in Bangaluru. 
“The lockdown has instilled hopes in me. I never thought I would be able to come out of the upheaval. Somehow, I had to come out of it. Today, am proud of myself. After all, when life gives you lemons, shouldn’t you make lemonade?,” says Narmada.
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