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Transgender models audition in New Delhi

A walk-in transgender model audition was conducted on Sunday (February 7) by Rudrani Chettri, who is setting up a transgender modelling agency in New Delhi.

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A walk-in transgender model audition was conducted on Sunday (February 7) by Rudrani Chettri, founder of Mitr Trust, a city-based lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) charity, who is setting up a transgender modelling agency in New Delhi.

An aspiring model poses in the make-up room during an auditions for a transgender modelling agency set to open in New Delhi.

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The idea, according to Delhi-based transgender activist Rudrani Chettri, evolved out of a “feeling of frustration seeing many young beautiful transgenders who are made to feel ugly” from a young age.

A transgender model strikes a pose ahead of audition at a modeling agency in Khirki, New Delhi.

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Chettri feels that time and again, the community has been a victim of prejudice in society, in the workplace and among their families and local communities, which ultimately leads them to begging or sex work to make a living. She hopes the platform helps in an image overhaul.

A model waits for the audition for a transgender modelling agency in Khirki.

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As part of its activities, the agency aims is to identify five top models and help them launch into mainstream fashion media.

A model gets ready for audition as she looks in the mirror in the changing room.

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They have also kept a pan-India audition and teamed up with fashion stylist and photographer Rishi Raj, who will work towards getting them a spread in a leading fashion magazine.

A model does her hair for the photoshoot for a transgender modelling agency in Khirki, New Delhi.

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“The greatest example in the recent past being Caitlyn Jenner (international celebrity Bruce Jenner, who underwent sex transition). Fashion takes great pride in breaking boundaries and creating new trends; so in a Utopian scenario, the modelling agency should do well. This activity will create awareness about the Indian transgender community,” photographer Rishi Raj said.

A transgender model applies make up during an audition at a modelling agency in Khirki, New Delhi.

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An aspiring model poses for a photo during auditions for a transgender modelling agency set to open in New Delhi.

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A transgender model walks up the stairs ahead of an audition at a modeling agency in Khirki, New Delhi.