Fashion House adds sparkle to Miss Indianz Pageant

Dharmesh Parikh

One of New Zealand’s most loved Bollywood celebrations is about to get a fresh injection of glitz and glamour, thanks to an exciting new partnership.

We are happy to announce that Miss Indianz Producer Rhythm House has teamed up with top Indian fashion label House of SVARN to bring haute couture and designer gowns back to the much-loved annual pageant.

In an event already famed for its colour, fashion and razzle dazzle, the addition of a designer gown section will elevate the pageant to a whole new level.

SVARN Team members Ridhima Tuteja, Swati Nain and Vanna Daid described Miss Indianz contestants as “strong, beautiful, compassionate women who are ready to take on the world,” and said, “We will bring them a plethora of distinctive, unique gown choices that will celebrate their strengths.”

The return of designer dresses to Miss Indianz after a ten-year hiatus following the death of acclaimed designer Jeram Ramnini in 2007 will mark a distinction as the Pageant celebrates its 15th year, to mark which, a party was held on Sunday, July 23, 2017.

I am delighted to be bringing back some old-school glamour to the occasion.

Jeram provided exquisite outfits to Miss Indianz from 2002 to 2007. This event has always been more than beauty. Miss Indianz amazes and enthrals with contestants, spectacular stage and lighting, singers, musicians and dancers. It is a celebration of Kiwi-Indian culture and with the House of SVARN on board, we will be showcasing the best of dazzling designer fashion that fuses the two cultures.

This may be the start of something even more spectacular, with plans for Rhythm House and SVARN to launch Miss India Fashion Week.

Dharmesh (seated) with Miss Indianz supporters Hemant Parikh (left), Sapna Parikh (in red dress) Colin Mathura-Jeffree (Centre), Melanie Ramsden (second from left), Manisha Kumar (seated second from right), Andrew Bignall (back row) and others at the 15th Anniversary Party of Miss Indianz held on Sunday, July 23, 2017. (Picture by Jasmine Sheikh, Freestyle Event Photography Company)

Indian Newslink continues to profile the contestants in this fourth instalment.

Deepshika Bhardwaj

Those visiting KFC may have seen (we do not know where) Deepshika Bhardwaj, who is a team leader at this leading fast food chain.

Born in Ludhiana, Punjab, this youngster was a participant in marathons during her school years, which is a good enough reason to run for Miss Indianz 2017.

Deepshika believes that her graduate (BSc) degree in Fashion Designing is another good reason to go under the spotlight.

“This is the platform I have been looking since long time because modelling, photography and good clothes attract me the most,” she said.

Shanya Kumar

A student of Edgewater College in East Auckland, Shanya Kumar has been a spirited performer at many Bollywood and Cultural dance events and looks forward with anxiety to the final show of Miss Indianz 2017.

Born in Lautoka, Fiji, Shanya believes that the forthcoming pageant will be fun.

“I have learnt a lot about modelling which would be cool because many of my friends have told me that I should be a model,” she said.

Shivon Raj

“I am a proud member of my Indian community and I strongly believe in empowering woman. I want to inspire other young women to challenge themselves to be the best version of themselves and go after their goals,” says this young woman born and raised in Leicester, England.

A graduate (BCom) in Commerce from University of Auckland, Shivon Raj is employed as Marketing and Media Coordinator in a private undertaking.

“Miss Indianz is a great platform to encourage confidence, showcase intelligence, class and beauty of Indian women in our society. I believe this is the perfect opportunity to put myself out there and do my best to make my community proud,” she said.

Photos of Deepshika Bhardwaj, Shanya Kumar and Shivon Raj by Andrew Bignall 

Miss Indianz

15th Annual Event

Saturday, September 16, 2017 at 730 pm

Aotea Centre, Auckland

Tickets on sale now

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