Reet Sahu, the first runner-up of Mrs. India International 2012 shares her passion for ‘Save The Girl Child’ campaign

“I am elated and happy that this achievement has opened many doors for me,” says Reet Sahu, the first runner-up of Mrs. India International 2012 which was held at Atlanta this year. She was also crowned Mrs. Hyderabad International 2012 at the same event. She says that this was unlike any other beauty pageant where the contestants are judged not just on their looks and personality but also on the social cause that they support. The contestants are shortlisted across the world and the only condition is that they should be of Indian origin. The aspirants are pre-screened, based on a written application and telephonic interview. It is followed by a round of interviews and finally the finale. “I read about Richa Sharma who had won the title in the past and that inspired me to participate this year,” says Reet.

Passionate about working for the cause of under privileged children, Reet was excited to voice her cause on a global platform. She says that each contestant is asked in detail about the cause they support and what are the future plans. “I have been volunteering for few years now. I have worked with the Clap Foundation in Kukatpally and helping them with education aides. I have provided the stationary, educational toys and books apart from interacting with the children,” she says. Passionate about Save The Girl Child campaign, she also held a summer camp for under privileged children educating them on the practical applications of the internet.

While it is common for contestants on any pageant to pledge their support for a cause, Reet says the contestants are asked in detail how their work and what difference each contestant can make. She also attributes her win to a supporting family. “Marriage should not stop women from pursuing their dreams. They should be self motivating. It is all about prioritising so that the family is also not neglected,” she says. This achievement has motivated her to start her own NGO. “I have started my groundwork and working out the paperwork,” she says.

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