Auckland, September 11, 2022
Self-confidence, dignity, honour and possibly a career path are among the best attributes of this event which has been growing year after year and I welcome you to join this journey.”
Those were the words of initiation by Rhythm Events and Films Director Dharmesh Parikh as he addressed the participants of Miss Indianz 2022.
This year’s event will be held on Thursday, October 20, 2022, at SkyCity Theatre, Auckland, and the enthusiasm of those involved was pronounced at the launch function held at Mt Eden Bistro in Central Auckland.
“This is not a beauty pageant- it never has been since its launch in 2002. Miss Indianz celebrates the cultural identity of our participants, encouraging them to showcase their talent, including their ability to carry themselves with elegance, think on their feet, answer a few unexpected questions, and express their beliefs without restraint. Our event has glorified womanhood and presented the participants with grace and dignity,” he said.
Mr Parikh had announced earlier that Miss Indianz has done away with the upper age limit, but those under 16 and 18 years of age must obtain the written consent of their parent, guardian, or caregiver. He said that the decision reflected the changing social fabric.
Nineteen candidates have thus far registered to participate in Miss Indianz 2022. Among them are residents of Auckland, Wellington, and Dunedin. The last date for entry is August 31, 2022.
He said that technology is enabling better communication among all Miss Indianz stakeholders.
“Our website www.missindianz.co.nz is a major resource which can be used by all aspirants to register their names and thereafter for updates and other information. Since everyone uses smartphones, eligible candidates can also text Indianz to 4199,” he said.
Mr Parikh said that since the event began 20 years ago, about 400 young women have competed in the event and that of these many have launched highly successful careers.
“Miss Indianz is a fantastic launchpad into acting, modelling, and entertainment. While many beauty pageants focus primarily on the physical attributes of the contestants, with categories such as ‘Kiwi Girl,’ ‘Talent Round’ and ‘Question and Answer’ section,” he said.
Event Coordinator Kamlika Basdew explained to the participants present about the event and the process by Talent Mentors and Coaches Monisha Kumar and Rahul Chopra. Jagdish Mistry outlined the judging stages.
Real Estate Advisor and Radio Tarana Presenter Hemant Parikh, who has been one of the Masters of Ceremonies since the inception of the event, spoke of his journey with his brother Dharmesh since 2002.
“We have always fostered a friendly and family atmosphere. Everyone has said that participating in Miss Indianz is itself a rewarding experience, accepting the decision of the judges with understanding and in the spirit of friendship,” he said.
Celebration of Culture
“Arguably, there is no other event to match the calibre and extent of Miss Indianz. It has long ceased to be a mere beauty pageant. It is an evening to celebrate culture, intelligence, alacrity – everything in fact that glorifies our young women. A parade of costumes, jewellery and charm, highly charged entertainment, selection of winners in various sub-categories and the announcement of the winner of the main title (Miss Indianz) and the First and Second Runner-Up. This is the ultimate celebration of culture, dance, and music,” Mr Parikh said.
Winners receive prizes and gifts valued at more than $3000.
Professional photographers Andrew Bignall and Peter Jennings were present at the launch.