Recog­nis­ing women’s worth

Anusha Bisaal de­cided to pur­sue a ca­reer in beauty ther­apy, which led to her true call­ing: pageantry

Sunday Tribune - - HERALD - DOREEN PREMDEV

BLESSED with beauty, brains and a heart of gold, busi­ness­woman Anusha Bisaal has given new­found re­spect to mar­ried, di­vorced and wid­owed women. Bisaal has shown that women are not just the queens of the kitchen, but can han­dle far more with the same grace and charm.

Bisaal, 48, a mother of two, who lives in Seav­iew , Dur­ban, said she had had an in­ter­est in beauty and fash­ion from a young age.

She de­cided to pur­sue a ca­reer in beauty ther­apy and this even­tu­ally led to her true call­ing – pageantry.

She said a con­tro­ver­sial story pub­lished in the Tri­bune Her­ald 15 years ago – high­light­ing why In­dian men have af­fairs, which led to an in­crease in HIV/AIDS among In­di­ans – set her on a course to cre­ate a plat­form to show the worth and beauty of women.

“The men in­ter­viewed in the story blamed their wives for their in­fi­delity,” said Bisaal. “This an­noyed me be­cause I feel mar­ried, di­vorced and wid­owed women de­serve the same re­spect and ad­mi­ra­tion as any other women. I de­cided it was time to start a pageant to show­case the worth and beauty of mar­ried, di­vorced and wid­owed In­dian women.

“I started Mrs In­dia South Africa as well as Mrs In­dia World­wide.”

Bisaal’s drive to do the right thing is rooted in the loss of her sis­ter, Shak­thi. She said Shak­thi was 3 years old when she died of can­cer. Bisaal said she took on the re­spon­si­bil­ity of car­ing for her two younger brothers, Vivek and Edesh Jug­ger­nath.

“My mom was a teacher and my dad, a busi­ness­man, who was al­ways trav­el­ling to Botswana on busi­ness,” she said.

“I would watch over my brothers. We lived with my ma­ter­nal grand­par­ents. My late grand­fa­ther,

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