Mangaluru: Naaz Joshi, the first Indian transsexual, who won the title of Miss World Diversity said that success would not be a distant dream if one worked with honesty and sincerity.
She was addressing a gathering during the 'Transgenders Day' programme, organised by Parivarthana Charitable Trust at Roshni Nilaya College on Tuesday, March 12. She said, "After facing discrimination and molestation, I left home at an early age and joined a dance bar to earn my living. Meanwhile, I started to show a talent for designing. I pursued my education. I started working with fashion designers after graduation but I had to quit as I felt very unsafe there due to the gender issues."
"One should not hesitate to work hard in any field. Though I was forced to face a lot of problems in my life, I achieved success only due to my hard work. I was recognised in the field of modelling and fashion designing. My confidence doubled when I succeeded in winning the Miss World Diversity title", she said.
Meanwhile, Naaz Joshi was felicitated by the Parivarthana Trust along with another transgender Pavithramma from Bengaluru. MRPL General Manager Lakshmi Kumaran handed over a wheelchair to a beneficiary Gangamma on the occasion.
Parivarthana Charitable Trust Founder Violet Pereira and office bearer Sandhya among others were present.
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