Dr Shraddha Kulkarni, MD and CEO at Panaache, believes in having an innovative approach towards making people aware of their limitless potentials. Miss and Mrs India Icon 2021- Queen Panaache is her dream project under the banner of Panaache International Beauty Pageant, which was designed to provide a platform for married and unmarried women all across India, to transform themselves inside-out with her specialised transformation program blended with an opportunity for those women to flaunt their beauty without having to be worried about their age, height, weight, skin colour, complexion, size or anything that defines the beauty of a woman as per the taboo. The three important aspects of this “beauty pageant with a difference” were:
1. It was truly a fair and unbiased platform with 100% transparency
2. The contestants were provided with 10-Days long training programs, including personality profiling for each contestant to become a better version of themselves.
3. The main motive was to recognise the unique calibre of each contestant, thereby providing them the opportunity to craft a purpose-based subtitle to be able to grow and make a difference in the society in future.
The tagline of this pageant, “SHE already knows how to fly; WE just give her wings,” is not just a punch line, but the philosophy of how team Panaache looks at every woman and aspires that even the world should realize the power of a woman in true sense and not just an activity to be celebrated on Woman’s Day. All the contestants who participated from different parts of India have been pampered and provided with Queen-like treatment on each of the two days of the Grand Finale on 28th and 29th December 2021. Prior to the Grand Finale, the contestants have performed various social tasks as per the theme of Uplifting, Inspiring and Transforming women around them who are less fortunate.
The most important highlight of this pageant was to provide an opportunity to be a part of this grand event to a few women from that stratum of the society where they can only dream of being a queen but can’t afford that in reality. Dr Shraddha and Team Panaache tapped certain women from physically and mentally challenged backgrounds with the help of Supriya Parkhi, along with selecting women and young girls from the economically weaker background who have been an integral part of this event and received an opportunity to stand shoulder to shoulder with the contestants, learn the skills and walk the ramp for a Special Walk. Through this gesture, Team Panaache tried to prove that lack of resources or money can’t stop you from shining bright if you have talent. The women who have been selected for this walk have gained tremendous respect, confidence and faith in being a part of this platform without having to shed money. All they had was teary eyes full of gratitude and happiness while they walked the ramp. The audience and everyone present in the hall have witnessed this mesmerising experience.
Dr Shraddha, the Show Director and Choreographer for this event, has kept the contestants on their toes for three different rounds. The innovative choreography included Royal Heritage India, Empowered Modern Woman and Fairytale Dream-like Walk as themes.
The event has been graced by the presence of Chief Guest, Mrs Aparna Doke, Former Mayor, PCMC and Celebrity Guest, Famous Marathi Actress & Business-Woman, Sulekha Talwalkar. This pageant has been supported by Panaache The Transformation Academy, Hotel Bird Valley, Chinchwad, Lakme Academy, Pimpri, Rudraksh Studio, Pratichi Priya Makeup, Aara Natural, RK’s Herbal World, Silver Waves, Taji Events, Lolo Rosa Store, KK Fashion, Cleopatra Beauty School, Bake It Cake Eat, Shanvi Studio, Socks N Shoes and Ravi Shinde & Mihir Negandhi Photography. The Jury members for the event consisted of eminent women & men from various fields, including Shilpa Pisal, Amruta More, Siddhesh Jadhav, Ruhi Agarwal and Balaka Banerjee. The 10 Days training has been conducted by veteran mentors & respective experts, including Yashika Jain, Dr Ashutosh Misal, Dr Yogesh Daudkhane, Henna Sharma, Nadeem Kazi, Susan Mathew, Swagati Solankure, Brand Ambassador, Ketaki Jani, International Mentor, Samantha Lemay, Dr Deepali Bhise and Hrishikesh Kamble. Mansi Shinde performed classical dance at the event. Dr Shraddha has conducted a one-to-one session for each contestant on psychometric assessment.
The organizing team consisted of Durgesh Marathe, (Director @ Panaache), Monika Joshi, Nidhi Bhatewara, Nikhil Bhatewara, Atharva Gore, the Creative Team of Panaache and the supporting team.
The talented Winners of India Icon 2021 Queen Panaache
1. Trupti Shamkant – Winner Mrs India Icon 2021 Queen Panaache
2. Abha Jadhav – Winner Mrs India Icon 2021 Queen Panaache (Classic)
3. Shivani Dalvi – Winner Miss India Icon 2021 Queen Panaache
4. Yogita Pawar – Winner Mrs India Icon 2021 Queen Panaache (Chubby)
Tanaya Kapole (Miss)
Archana Shinde (Mrs)