Bhubaneswar, Jan 24 (LocalWire): 16-year-old Lavanya Das who climbed the ladder of success in modelling recalled the patriarchal mindsets she had to face to build her career.
The country celebrated the National girl child day on Friday to address the needs and challenges girls face while promoting their empowerment.
Das, a native of state capital Bhubaneswar and the winner of Miss teen Diva India International 2019 said the stereotype mindset still exists and she too had to face it.
A class X student of DAV Public School, Unit 8, she is also the Brand Ambassador of Kalinga International Youth Foundation, Prerna International Green Army and Brand Ambassador of India’s charming face.
Although she faced such type of negative mindset, she always prefered to ignore and move ahead and focused on her dreams.
“Every girl should ignore, adverse comments. It is our life, and we have the right to make our dream comes true. Nobody can stop us” she told LocalWire.
At the age of 12, Das took part in International Beauty Pageant – Junior Model International 2017 held at Kerala and she became the winner in her first attempt.
It was the turning point for her life and since then she has never looked back.
She has also won titles at the prince and princess International 2018 at Thailand and Miss Teen Tourism Ambassador Universe 2018 at Malaysia.
A woman right from being in the womb to becoming an adult and matured lady faces several restrictions and stereotypes that makes her weak and vulnerable, she said.
These stereotypes are however on the wane. The number of successful women is also growing.
Women are not only balancing their responsibility as a mother, wife, daughter, daughter-in-law, etc. but also are excelling in the area they work, she said.