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Indian ‘Teen Queen’ from Oman makes glamour inroads

24 Apr 2024 teen queen By HUBERT VAZ

Carrisaa Bopanna, a former student of Indian School Ghubra was recently crowned Miss Teen Universe India 2024 in Jaipur, India’s historic ‘Pink City’

For 19-year-old Carrisaa Bopanna, a former student of Indian School Ghubra, the tedious task of facing the glare of the arc-lights of the world of glamour has only begun…

Having been crowned India’s Miss Teen Universe 2024 at a glittering event in Jaipur on April 17, the young Fashion Design student, hailing from Karnataka (India), aspires to keep her cultural roots intact even as she reaches for the Moon in the journey ahead.

Having spent her entire life as a third culture kid in the Arabian Gulf, she has now moved to Bengaluru to pursue a career in Fashion Design at the esteemed National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT). However, she is gifted with multiple talents including Indian classical dance, and hopes to shape her multi-faceted personality with a clear-cut mission.

The Miss Teen Universe India 2024 crown, she admits, not only celebrates her individual achievements but also highlights the inclusivity and diversity of India’s beauty landscape into which she has just made inroads. She also wants to give a message to young girls in Oman to believe in themselves, hold fast to their dreams and set out to achieve them with sheer dedication, hard work and a positive attitude.

Acknowledging the support of her family, mentors, and supporters for their encouragement and belief in her abilities, she says, she will use her credentials in the beauty world to draw attention to certain pressing issues which have been swept under the carpet for long.

With a strong belief in the importance of women empowerment and education of the girl child in India, Carrisaa hopes to usher in some change in the scene in her own small way. She considers herself as a fervent advocate for menstrual health and hygiene.

Recognising the current stigma surrounding ‘menstruation’ and the lack of access to ‘menstrual hygiene products’ in India, Carrissa has embarked on a mission to educate and empower women on the importance of menstrual hygiene. Through workshops, seminars, and outreach programmes, Carrissa will be enlightening women and girls on the significance of maintaining proper menstrual, in a bid to undo the stigma associated with it.

“Menstruation is a natural part of life, and every woman deserves to manage her period with dignity and respect. By breaking the silence and providing access to menstrual hygiene products, we can empower women to lead healthy, fulfilling lives,” she asserts.

In preparation to represent India on the global stage at the Miss Teen Universe pageant, Carrissa’s advocacy for menstrual health and hygiene serves as a powerful reminder of the impact that beauty queens can have beyond the runway. With compassion in her heart and a vision for a more inclusive future, Carrissa is taking up one act of kindness at a time.

In the words of her parents, whose pride knows no bounds, “Carrisaa’s passion for fashion has been evident since her childhood. From dressing up her dolls to sketching her own designs, she has always been drawn to the world of fashion and creativity. Her journey to Miss Teen Universe India is a testament to her relentless pursuit of excellence and her unwavering dedication to her craft.”

“My motivation for pageantry and modelling began since a very young age.  The fashion and glam world always fascinated me, hence I always knew what I wanted to do in life and have chosen this path,” she said, explaining, “In preparation for this pageant, I had intense training since almost a year, which included makeup sessions as well as lessons in  communication, speech, dental hygiene, table manners etc. My biggest support were definitely my parents, my team leader Trishna Ray, and Miss Teen Diva director Nikhil and his team.

Aspirations and dreams

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About her career aspirations, Carrisaa clarified, “I believe, there is no argument about a regular career and a career in the glamour world. If a person is interested in the glam industry and wants to do something unique it is because they do not want a regular life and have different goals. The same goes for me, I chose this path only because I do not want a regular career, and fashion and modelling is what I enjoy.”

As a parting shot to young girls in Oman, many of whom might want to take up a similar path, Carrisaa says, “My advice to young girls in Oman is to dream big! Even if you feel it is impossible, with patience and hard work it will, indeed, become a reality someday. Not everyone gets support or equal opportunities, but if you are passionate about your goals, and believe in yourself, you can achieve them some day.”

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