As many as 30 contestants of the Miss Femina India 2023 Grand Finale were accorded a warm traditional welcome upon their arrival at Bir Tikendrajit International Airport in Imphal on Friday.
The grand finale of the 59th edition of the beauty pageant is scheduled for April 15 at the Indoor Stadium in Khuman Lampak, Imphal East.
Upon their arrival at the airport, each of the contestants were honoured with Kajenglei (traditional head gear of woman) and Lengtan Phee (traditional shawl) by the well-wishers.
During a brief interaction with the media, the contestants expressed excitement to visit the state and receive a great hospitality from the people of the state, upon their arrival.
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"It is an amazing opportunity and an inspiration for all the girls living in Manipur to get the opportunity to get a glimpse of how top models walk and be a passion to become Miss India one day," said Thounaojam Strela Luwang who will be representing Manipur in the grand finale.
After minutes of interaction with the media fraternity and well-wishers, the contestants were escorted by the security personnel to Hotel Classic Grande in Imphal East, where they will be holding their nights.
The beauty pageant which will feature 30 state winners who will be competing for the coveted title and the winner of the pageant will represent India at the Miss World pageant.
Manipur is hosting the Femina Miss India 2023 grand finale for the first time ever in Northeast India's history.
The Tourism Ministry and the Times Group had signed an agreement to officiate the partnership and exchanged the agreement to hold the beauty pageant in Imphal, in the presence of Chief Minister N Biren and Vineet Jain, the managing director of Times of India.
According to an official release, the glamourous evening of the beauty pageant will witness the attendance of many celebrated personalities.
The star-studded night will also feature performances by entertainment industry’s biggest names Ananya Panday and Kartik Aaryan. The show will be anchored by the magnetic Maniesh Paul and the stunning Bhumi Pednekar.
The state winners will be walking the ramp in gorgeous ensembles designed by the iconic designers Rocky S and Namrata Joshipura, and a special showcase by Robert Naorem, featuring traditional costumes.
This special segment will aim to promote the textile, art and culture of the state and the 30 state winners shall be judged by a panel consisting of Femina Miss India Universe 2002 and Mentor Neha Dhupia, boxing icon Laishram Sarita Devi, and designers Rocky S and Namrata Joshipura.
Some of the former and the reigning Miss India winners will also be putting up a dance performance through a fashion segment, besides the overall event will be graced by Chief Minister N Biren Singh as chief guest, as per the release.
It is worth mentioning that the Femina Miss India is the country's most sought-after glamorous beauty pageant that turns dreams into reality. The talent hunt involves a careful search for the most promising candidate, poised with beauty, confidence, elegance, and intelligence, to represent India at Miss World.