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2 Meghalaya girls in grand finale of NE pageant

Contestants appeal for peace, unity


GUWAHATI: Charity Lyngkhoi from Mawlai pursued hotel management and catering technology but wishes to own a clothing line one day. Sookini Sutnga from East Jaintia Hills is armed with a nursing degree but aspires to become a model.

For now, the duo from Meghalaya are among the 16 young women who have made it to the Livon Serum Face of Northeast 2018 grand finale at Pragjyoti ITA Centre here on Saturday evening.

“My ultimate aim is to become an entrepreneur. But before that I want to take part in beauty pageants as a stepping stone to establish a name for myself. This will be my first test,” Charity, 23, told The Shillong Times on Thursday.

For Sookini, 28, this would be another experience as she looks for a slot in a bigger platform, a tad late in the day. “This will be my fifth contest in a year’s time. So I’m confident of doing well. I admit time is running out but I also believe that age cannot be a bar for the right contestant,” the woman from Sutnga, said.

Gracious enough to admit the “missing link” in the courses pursued and their ambitions, the duo have a common goal – taking part in a Miss India pageant.

The 16 were shortlisted from more than a 100 contestants.  The auditions were held across seven cities – Itanagar, Dimapur, Jorhat, Imphal, Agartala, Shillong and Guwahati since May.

Soft skills trainer and psychologist, Loya Agarwala along with choreographer, Meenu Paul are grooming the contestants on communication and soft skills among other aspects of modeling ahead of the grand finale.

Asked about the recent unrest in Shillong, the Mawlai resident said it was an unfortunate incident.

“We should not allow such incidents to tarnish the image of Meghalaya which is a beautiful state with friendly and hospitable people across communities. Besides, at the end of the day, we are all human beings and are therefore the same,” Charity said.

The top three will take home a dazzling tiara, winner’s sash, cash awards and gift hampers.


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