18-year-old Meriya Subba was crowned by Sunsilk Mega Miss North East 2015 Jessica Marbaniang in front of a packed audience. Meriya, whose parents are school teachers, said “I owe my success to my parents and mentors. I am overwhelmed and can’t express my happiness… this is a dream coming true for me,” said Meriya after winning the title.
Arunachal Pradesh beauty Licha Thosum was crowned the first Runner’s up at the gala event. Licha, who hails from Doimukh, is a second semester Master in Sociology student at Rajiv Gandhi University, Doimukh. “My family and friends will be very proud today. I am very happy and unable to express the exact emotions just now… this is so much special for me. My parents are working with the Arunachal Pradesh police department and I know they are proud of my achievement,” she said.
The second Runner’s up, which completed 14 glorious years this year, was Imphal’s Soibam Kanchan Chanu. A Master in Public Administration student, Kanchan did her schooling from Imphal. Interestingly, her father is also police personnel with Manipur Police. “This is such an exhilarating experience… it’s yet to sink in. I can just say that I am overwhelmed now and probably it will take me a week or so to realize I am one of the title winners. I must congratulate Meriya and Licha for their achievements and special thanks and congratulations to Abhijit Singha for superbly hosting the Sunsilk Mega Miss North East,” she said.
Sunsilk Mega Miss North East 2016, Meriya Subba has won a cash prize of Rs 50000, gifts from pageant sponsors, opportunity to become the face of Sunsilk’s print and outdoor campaigns and an opportunity to walk the biggest fashion event of the country Lakmé Fashion Week for Reliance Trends in Mumbai.
The three winners will be offered a professional grooming session, which would guide them further on how to carry themselves forward in the professional sphere. Besides, the winners also get the opportunity to walk the ramp in various national and international shows.
The organizers of the event, Mega Entertainment, had shortlisted 49 women, who vied for the coveted title of Sunsilk Mega Miss North East 2016.
The pageant is inspired by Designer/ Fashion Choreographer and the powerhouse of fashion & pageant industry Abhijit Singha.
The judges who sealed the fate of this year’s winner included: Runner Up-Mega Mister North East 2009 and leading fashion designer from Shillong Arif Mukhim; Activation Manager for Hindustan Unilever brands Divya Ramakrishnan; Runner Up- Mega Miss North East 2013 and author of ‘Dear Bohemian Man’ Subi Taba; marketing consultant and Brand Head at Kingfisher Naved Qureshi; and Entrepreneur and Hotelier Bobby Singh.
The pageant has been supported by Reliance Trends, Radisson Blu, Vodafone U and State Bank of India.
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Some Photos of Soibam Kanchan Chanu taken by Dinesh Sharma.