Harshala Shilotri, a 50-year-old mom from Bengaluru, is breaking conventions by participating in a beauty pageant. Shilotri will walk the ramp in the finale of Haute Monde Mrs India Worldwide Season 9 which is open to Indian married women in the age group 23-50.
She told TNIE,
“Grooming sessions were held by leading salon brands and stylists. We also attended sessions on being active on social media platforms like Facebook and Instagram, which I once believed were a waste of time. I have got an opportunity to express my views and opinions to a large audience.”
A lawyer by training, Shilotri was selected from around 25,000 contestants and is the oldest among the finalists. She added,
“Why should we set an age limit to our aspirations? Many women in their 40s and 50s think that life is complete with what they are doing inside the house. Now, I feel happy to see that many women, including my fellow participants who are mostly aged between 23 and 35 years, see me as an inspiration to follow their dreams.”
The pageant will take place at Halkidiki, Greece from October 11-20.