EXCLUSIVE: Anwesh Sahoo to Represent India at Mr Gay World 2016!
Anwesh Sahoo, 20, won the Mr. Gay India title in Mumbai on January 25, and now, he will represent India at the Mr Gay World to be held in Malta, (Europe) from April 9 to 23, this year. Sahoo, student of IIIT (International Institute of Information Technology) Delhi, will be the country’s sole representative at the pageant.
At 20, Anwesh is the youngest Mr. Gay India winner, beating 232 others. Former beauty pageant winners and models will train him, in different aspects like diction, walking gait, how his skin and body can look great.
Sahoo’s journey began when he read a piece in ‘Gay Talk’ magazine about New Zealand’s Andreas Derleth, Mr. Gay World 2012 winner. That inspired Sahoo, then 17, to come out of the closet. “I realised that being queer was beautiful and was able to accept myself. My sister was very supportive and helped me tell my parents. From being bullied in school to winning MGWI; it has been such an amazing journey.”
Sahoo says, “People need to be empowered for who they are. I drew inspiration for this campaign from my struggle to be accepted in school. Masculinity and femininity are being redefined. ”
“I am studying LGBT history as I want to do well in the trivia round. The social media and congeniality rounds will also be important; I am a hard worker and will do my best. I have started working for a good body by going to the gym daily. I will get a lot of hate mail for being MGWI, from those who are homophobic; but I am ready for that too. It is in fact a great honour for me, to inspire others.”
Sahoo will be in Mumbai for the Gay Pride Parade on February 6. From then on, he will juggle his time between his home in Delhi and Mumbai, for pageant preparations and studies.