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Accidental Beauty Queen - Meet Minu Jose, Miss India Worldwide Canada 2011
Minu Jose is the first South Indian woman to win the Miss India Worldwide Canada 2011 title and Miss Talented sub-title. A bold yet conservative engineer-turned-beauty queen, she's been breaking barriers and promises to be a face to watch out for!
Apart from the main title, Jose also walked away with the title of “Best Talent” for her scintillating fusion of Kuchipudi (a classical dance where the dancer performs on a brass plate) and Kathak. Her national win also gained Jose the ultimate honour of representing Indo-Canadians at the international leg of the competition, Miss India Worldwide 2011 held in the UAE.
“Winning a national event, especially one as prestigious as Miss India Worldwide Canada was far beyond anything that I could ever imagine happening to me in my life! For me, it was never a dream to win it; I entered this with a personal challenge, an aim – I was determined to make my mark as a South Indian girl in this field and I wanted to prove that it is indeed possible for a girl who is academically inclined to excel equally in the artistic and creative side as well!” says Jose.
Indeed, Jose has managed to prove true to her beliefs of making her mark in the pageant world. Some believe that she might also have broken the “denominational barrier” that exists in the pageant world of today.
“Call it a coincidence but all of the previous winners of Miss India Worldwide Canada and Miss India Canada** were all either Gujarati, Punjabi or Sindhi – I’ve never seen a South Indian girl ever win such a title – and I was determined to be the first to do that. I guess you could say that I’ve broken the “glass ceiling” in pageants for Indo-Canadian women” beams Jose.
**Note: There are 2 Miss India pageants in Canada – Miss India Canada and Miss India Worldwide Canada. While Miss India Canada and Miss India Worldwide Canada are both national Indo-Canadian pageants, it is Miss India Worldwide Canada that is a preliminary towards the internationally held Miss India Worldwide competition. Miss India Worldwide is the largest ethnic pageant in the world. Miss India Worldwide Canada is affiliated to Miss India Worldwide which is run by Dharmatma Saran of the Indian Festival Committee (IFC) in New York, USA.
In mid-2011, Jose represented Canada internationally at the Miss India Worldwide 2011 competition held in Dubai and Abu Dhabi over the course of a week. There, Jose shone as the most well-spoken contestant among 28 other countries who were participating. She finished among the Top 12 and shone as one of the best again in the Talent segment.
Now with the search on for the next Miss India Worldwide Canada, Jose has been busy making appearances and promoting the event on local networks including Asian Television Network (ATN), ROGERS Daytime, South Asian 360o, South Asian Focus, etc. She sincerely extends her gratitude to all those who believed in her, especially to her sponsors for the international competition without whom she would have been unable to set out in her undertaking Miss India Worldwide 2011 including Ashwin and Neetu Gill of Sutton Group, Josie Karakkattu, Manoj Karatha of REMAX Realty, Gurminder Gill of Century 21 Realty and the Toronto Malayalee Samajam.
“The beauty of Miss India Worldwide Canada is its dedication to upholding the values and ideals of Indian society", says Jose. "I feel extremely privileged to be a part of such a strong and worthy movement as this has provided me with an opportunity to be a good-will ambassador for my community and above all, a role model to other young women by imparting my desire to make a positive contribution to humanity through knowledge, dedication and tolerance.”
The Miss India Worldwide international event has become a permanent hallmark on the social calendar for people not just of Indian descent but all over the racial spectrum. It is followed by people in at least 140 countries and the television broadcasts have an international audience.
For professional appearances, performances or inquiries, contact Minu Jose at MIWC2011@gmail.com or Divya Kumar at divyakumarg@
For more information on the Miss India Worldwide pageant, please visit www.missindiaworldwide.com or to start a pageant in your own area, visit www.worldwidepageants.com.