Gangtok: Body shaming is common these days; it not just hampers the confidence but also takes a toll on their mental state by making them look for labels. To break these stereotypes, Sushmita Sen, a plus-size woman from Gangtok, recently represented the state in Ms Plus Size India-2019.
The beauty pageant for plus-size women was held in New Delhi in which 21-year-old Sen was among the top ten finalists. She bagged the subtitle of Ms Glowing Skin. She is the first woman from Sikkim and the Northeast to participate in the plus-size contest on the national Stage.
Sen is the daughter of Kamal Kumar Sen and Sujan Pradhan Sen; she did her schooling in Paljor Namgyal Girls School, Gangtok and graduated from St Joseph College, Darjeeling.
Sen told EastMojo that she has always faced indirect criticism due to her weight. In a bid to break this stereotype, which leaves no room for growth of individuals who are labelled and categorised, she participated in the event.
She added that she wants to start a body-positivity movement and promote beauty ‘beyond size’.
“It was an amazing learning and motivating experience for me. I witnessed confidence in other participants despite the size issue. I now want to deliver talks on body shaming and make aware people to be and love who they are,” she said.
Ms Plus Size-2019 is a platform for plus-size ladies where they take the curtains off the unbeatable potential they hold within. The pageant aims to search for fierce women who create absolute change and represent the community of plus-size women with sheer confidence and uphold the advocacy of a worthy cause.
The event empowers women to look beyond sizes and exhibit their talent to accomplish the goals globally.