-By Ankita Dutta.
Surat, in the Indian state of Gujarat, recently played host to a one-of-a-kind fashion show showcasing 21 transgender models. The event was organised by Shweta with the aim to promote awareness and create a positive environment for the third gender community.
According to Shweta, the show was the first of its kind in Gujarat and sought to recognise the talents of transgenders while treating them equally. The models glided down the runway wearing designer outfits by Omi and Manprit. While the event was deemed a success, some participants felt that society still needed to work on equality. Nevertheless, the fashion show was hailed as a vital step in the right direction toward greater recognition for the community.
Shweta, who organised the show, said that transgenders are often overlooked in society. In her statement, she expressed that these individuals are an integral part of our community and deserve equal treatment. Furthermore, they possess remarkable skills and have the potential to make valuable contributions to our society, but it requires us to take the lead.
In underlining the vital role of education for transgender children, one participant, Noori Kunwar, reiterated the need for greater equality: “There is a need for equality in society. Although unity is a shared desire, equality seems elusive for certain communities sadly, including my own. I aim to convey to others that if one is blessed with a transgender child in their household, they should support their education and personal development. Our community harbors many exceptional qualities, which, if nurtured and showcased, can shine as brightly as the Kohinoor diamond.”
The event was supported by the local community and delivered an essential message about the power of inclusivity. The show provided valuable insight and a platform for the transgender community to showcase their talents and feel part of mainstream society. The fashion show is part of a broader initiative to create a positive and inclusive environment for the transgender community in Gujarat and beyond. Such efforts are vital to creating a harmonious society in which everyone is treated equally and with respect, regardless of their gender or other differences.