Mr. Gay India Anvesh Kumar Sahoo is all ready to triumph Mr. Gay World 2016.
Anvesh will be mentored by Sushant Divgikar and a team. At 20, Anwesh is the youngest MGWI. He was the dark horse in the preliminary rounds of the pageant. But he was consistent, beating 232 others. People from the glamour industry will groom Anwesh and teach him etiquette. Former beauty pageant winners and models will train him, in different aspects like diction, walking gait, how his skin and body can look great.
During the India pageant, Sahoo was interviewed by a jury panel, he had to participate in a party, which tested his social skills, there was a component called campaign with a cause and a talent round too. Sahoo says, “I chose ‘fitting out’ which is opposed to fitting in as the theme for my campaign cause. Masculinity and femininity are being redefined. People need to be empowered for who they are. I drew inspiration for this campaign from my struggle to be accepted in school,” says Sahoo.
There is some studying to do too, if Sahoo wants to do well at the pageant. He says, “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.”
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,” he says on the phone from Delhi.
“I have started working for a good body by going to the gym daily.” Sahoo may need to have a very strong mind too. Sahoo reveals, “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.”
MGW 2016 will be held in April at the beautiful island of Malta.