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Crown for the married

Tania and Tamanna are the two entrants from the city to the Gladrags Mrs India 2003 contest to be held at Mumbai on November 23. An insight into the preparations of the contestants.



LADY IN RED: Shravan and Jyoti have designed Tanya's western line.

TWO OF Hyderabad's beautiful married woman will be walking the ramp, and this time for a crown. We are talking about Tania, Gladrags 1996 runners up and Miss India finalist, and Tamanna, who has been in the fashion circuit for five years with the Tanishq and Provogue shows to her credit. The twosome qualified at the zonal round for South India held in October and will be vying with other finalists for Gladrags Mrs India 2003 title at Mumbai on November 23.

Aditi Govitrikar and Jasmine D'Souza won the Gladrags Mrs India 2001 and 2002 respectively and later went on to represent the country at the Mrs. World pageant. Gladrags Mrs India philosophy is about "crowning the Indian wife who strikes a balance between career and home, and still emerges a winner."



BRIDAL ENSEMBLE: Tamanna in an off-white sari with zardozi.

Deep within their hearts, many married women suppress a silent desire to be recognised for themselves, their achievements and beauty. They are so busy making their families' dreams come true, that they sacrifice their own.

Women seldom complain and carry on with their daily chores, playing the perfect wife, the housekeeper and the responsible mother.

At the end of the day how many women have done something for themselves?



BETTER HALF: Piyush Soni

There are many married women who are so well maintained and good looking that they could rival any twenty something single model.

"When I began the Mrs. India contest two years ago, I knew it was the perfect gift for any married woman," says Maureen Wadia, model maker and brain behind the pageant.



WINNING SMILE: Tanya makes the moves.

Tania and Tamanna have flown to Mumbai for the contest, having done the rounds of photo shoots, rehearsals, make up and workouts with a little help from specialists for the contest. Weeks of toning up and diet monitoring were part of the preparations. "It's been a hectic schedule finalising clothes, picking up accessories, trials of costumes and more. Shravan and Jyoti are doing my western lines while Neerus is doing the Indian clothes," says Tania. "We have used woven brocade with hazel flowers and carnations and Chinese tops with Mandarin collars in copperish red. Even for the sari blouses we have used western cuts to give a western touch to ethnic looks. Halter necks, formal kurtas in pinks and opposite pockets for trousers also feature in her ensemble. We have focussed on detailing and designing the fabrics," says designer Shravan. Tamanna will be wearing ensembles designed by designer Prashant Surya. "There are clothes in pastels, and one of my favourite is the British countryside line," says Tamanna. "As per the specifications for the pageant, we have designed a bridal ensemble in off-white with zardozi and a magenta sari in maroon worked in silver for the sari round apart from the denim skirt sporting a Latin look and the English corset," says Prashant Surya.

The contest has more to it than the look. "It is about effective communication, the way you carry yourself and the attitude that counts," says Tamanna. "Having been to two contests, you know what exactly they are looking for and I have been preparing on those lines. Gladrags Mrs India is about married women with children and their lives. My husband has been my support all through," says Tania Soni. Her husband, pop star Piyush Soni has kept his work on hold taking his wife through the rigorous fitness regime or making that tall glass of orange juice after a long day. Friends, families, designers and the fashion community have been working overtime to prepare the contestants. As for the predictions, the fashion circuit in the twin cities is very confident about the entries. Here's wishing them luck at the pageant.

SYEDA FARIDA

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