Contestants of Miss Jamshedpur at OIIFT in Bistupur on Wednesday. (Bhola Prasad)
Come September, get ready for a glamour attack.
Oodles of looks, charm and poise will scorch the ramp in the first-ever Miss Jamshedpur beauty contest, the final of which will be held on September 20.
But preparations are already underway as Bistupur-based Orissa Institute of Interior and Fashion Technology (OIIFT), the organiser of the beauty pageant, welcomes young city girls to the world of fashion and opens up modelling careers for them.
About 200 participants have enrolled since the application process began in early July. Of them, the OIIFT authorities shortlisted 33 for the next round. The final 18, who will be selected on August 16, will take to the stage at Tata Auditorium on September 20 and be judged by well-known models from Mumbai.
These 33 girls hail from diverse backgrounds. While some are teachers and accountants, most are college-goers and even school students.
These girls are now undergoing gruelling grooming sessions to keep themselves in shape and clinch the crown.
I have been a student of OIIFT. During my course at the institute, I learnt what fashion is all about and how should I carry myself. Now, I want to groom myself and pursue a full-time career in modelling, said Jasleen Kaur (22), a fashion teacher at a city school.
If Jasleen nurtures her dream to be a model, Pooja Paul is right now only bothered about the crown.
I always thought that I am capable of participating in a pageant like this, but Jamshedpur never had much to offer. So, this came as a boon and I am now preparing to be the winner. I have a strict diet of fruits. I also have a strict workout regimen to lose the extra calories, said the 21-year-old accountant who works at Bebbco Motors.
Students from Carmel Junior College, KSMS and Church School, Beldih, have also made it to the top 33.
We decided to give the girls a platform. This is something they would love to participate in. We just hope the best girl wins, said Prativa Mohanty, director of OIIFT.