Bhubaneswar: Sonalee Raj Mohantyhas made Odisha proud by winning Mrs India Universe (MIU) 2019 World in the Platinum Category at Mauritius recently. She was also crowned Mrs Talented at this beauty pageant.
A Bhubaneswar-based entrepreneur-cum-beautician, 37-year-old Sonalee was always inclined towards participating in beauty pageants. She completed Master in Business Administration from KIIT University here.
She was among the nine constants selected at Bhubaneswar Audition of Mrs. India Universe 2019 and vied with 40 others for the coveted title at the National level in Mauritius.
The event was held in two categories Mrs India Universe Gold and Mrs India Universe Platinum. Under Gold Category women aged between 20-35 years and under Platinum category women aged between 35-50 years participated.
During their 11 days stay in Mauritius, the contestants were judged by Bollywood celebs and fashion icons in different rounds, including, Talent, Cat Walk, Pose, Poise, Question & Answer Round.
“My friends and family, my husband Nandan Mohanty and my 11-year-old son always motivated me to fulfil my dreams. There were nine contestants from Odisha and the judges were amazed such talents from the state. I must say, marriage and kids are no longer barriers to women’s success,” said Sonalee.