It was a historic day for India and all Indians are so much happy and appreciating Vidisha Baliyan, a 21-year-old girl from Uttar Pradesh, was crowned the Miss Deaf World pageant. Vidisha Baliyan became the first Indian to win this prestigious crown.
Miss Baliyan was chosen the winner out of the 11 finalists from 16 participating countries in the final round. Hailing from Muzaffarnagar in Uttar Pradesh, Baliyan’s family currently lives in Ghaziabad. She was groomed and trained for the pageant in Gurugram and Noida.
She is a former international tennis player and also represented India in the Deaflympics. She participated in the beauty pageant after a serious back injury. In the past she had also won a silver medal for tennis at the international deaf Olympics.
“I was inspired to participate in the pageant to gain confidence and develop my personality. Through this platform, I also want to motivate the deaf community to focus on the talent they have, and not be upset about what they don’t have,” she said. The South African contestant was the runner-up.
Baliyan has successfully completed its bachelor’s degree in Physical Education and was very passionate bout the sports as her dream career. She has 100% hearing impairment in her right ear and 90% in the left, but she can lip-read and talk.
Miss Baliyan had claimed the Miss Deaf India title in February, 2019 and was being trained since April by India’s first female Paralympic winner, Deepa Malik, and her team, to participate in the international pageant contest.
After Vidisha Baliyan won the crown, she said, “I’m grateful to Deepa Mallik for mentoring me and for providing access to all resources.” An Non Government Organisations which is run by Malik’s daughter, Devika, also helped Baliyan during her training.
As per the reports there were Twenty contestants from 11 countries who were aspiring for the title of Mr and Miss Deaf World in Mpumalanga on 19 July, 2019 – the first time the pageant has taken place on South African land.
The title Mr Deaf was won by Phumelela Mapukata. On the occasion he said “I want to be a role model for the kids and be someone others can look up during my reign as Mr Deaf World,’ he added. He shares a message with the deaf community saying, “It doesn’t matter where you come from or what your circumstances are you can unexpectedly rise to the top like I did, if you work towards your goals.”