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An organisation working for the LGBT community is coming up with first of its kind walk-in modelling auditions for transgenders

et ready to witness the first transgender models of the country steal the limelight, as an organisation working for the LGBT community is coming up with first of its kind walk-in modelling auditions for transgenders.

The audition that is slated for Sunday in South Delhi has been organised by Mitr Trust, working for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community. After selecting five best candidates, the organisers plan to send their pictures to various modelling agencies and companies that can use the models for their campaigns.

They have tied up with a professional photographer and stylist to launch the models in the mainstream fashion industry.

“My idea behind setting up a modelling agency and organising this audition for the transgenders is to make them feel beautiful about themselves. I want to tell them that they can do much more than begging and sex work,” said Rudrani Chettri, founder of Mitr Trust, who is also the brain behind the idea of modelling.

“Ever since we have publicised about the auditions, I have received many calls from people who are asking me what to wear to the audition and how to dress. This means that many are interested, which is an encouraging sign for us,” she added.

Ms. Chettri added that this is also an ideal platform for people to accept their identity and come out in the open. “We are expecting co-operation from companies also. Once we give them a transgender model, they should use the face to promote their product. This is the only way in which transgenders will get social acceptability,” said Ms. Chettri.

The organisers feel that concept of a modelling agency for transgenders may do well given how the “world is opening up” to them, citing the example of Caitlyn Jenner (international celebrity Bruce Jenner, who underwent sex transition).

The Mitr Trust has also been working with an Indian-British team of filmmakers for the last one year to closely document the lives and struggles of transgenders.

The organisation however currently lacks money to support this dream. A crowd-funding campaign has been started on the BitGiving online platform to finance the endeavour.

The LGBT community has got a new ray of hope after the Supreme Court considered a re-look at section 377 of IPC, that criminalises homosexuality, by referring it to a five member Bench.



My idea behind setting up a modelling agency and organising this audition for the transgenders is to make them feel beautiful about themselves

Rudrani Chettri,

Founder of Mitr Trust





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