‘Princess India’ – First of its kind beauty pageant for the visually impaired


A Beauty Pageant of a different kind

‘Princess India’, the first of its kind Indian beauty pageant for the visually impaired, saw 45 participants from around the country vying for the crown.

Stacy Rodricks all set to do Goa Proud

Goa’s very own Stacy Rodrigues, the pretty 20-year-old from Siolim is one step closer to the crown. With only 20% partial vision, she is all set to take on 15 other competitors in the final round, having made it through two gruelling rounds in Mumbai. Multi-talented Rodrigues was the only contestant to sing one of her own compositions, ‘Let us Live’ a song she composed for the National Association for the Blind, Goa (NAB).

Hats off to Tessy Gomes

Also competing was 23-year-old Tessy Gomes from Chandor. She took the judges by surprise when she showed off her arm-knitting technique recently mastered.

During the selection rounds, as part of the challenge, the contestants needed to wear their outfits, put on their makeup and style their hair with no external help.

Wendell’s Designs – a sure shot!

Wendell Rodricks, the internationally famed Goan fashion designer and his student Schulen Fernandes designed the wardrobe for Tessy and Stacy.

The judges were interested in seeing how independent the girls were.

The multi-talented Stacy

Stacy travelled to Mumbai alone. Says she, “It was a learning experience, meeting girls from other states, who are ambitious and very well educated.”  At the competition, Stacy met a physiotherapist, a software expert and other girls who were armed with master’s degrees and PhDs in history and political science.

Besides having diplomas in music and radio management, Stacy is a poet, and an artist.  Putting up three solo exhibitions in Goa and Mumbai as well as group exhibitions in the state. Besides, ‘Reflections’ her own book of poems, released and felicitated at the ‘We Care’ film fest last year.

The 15 contestants will undergo a 12-day training session in January 2017. Preparing them for the finals scheduled early next year. Rodrigues is looking forward to making Goa proud.

We at Itsgoa.com wish Stacy all the very best for the “Princess India” pageant and her future. 

Stacy and Tessy are fore-runners and examples to those who feign challenges, giving up easily in life.