Anusha Bisaal

Sunday Tribune - - HERALD -

Khedu Lal­loo, was my men­tor.”

Bisaal ex­celled in aca­demics and sports at school. She ma­tric­u­lated at Protea Sec­ondary School in Chatsworth and stud­ied beauty ther­apy.

She said she fur­thered her train­ing in laser ther­apy, elec­trol­y­sis and vein ther­apy. Bisaal be­came the first In­dian per­ma­nent make-up artist.

“I got en­gaged to Roshan Bisaal when I was 20 years old. We got mar­ried a year later (1990). We had our first daugh­ter in 1992, Ad­hira, and two years later, Ro­hini came along.

“I de­cided to start An­rosh Beauty Clinic in Dur­ban – at the same time I was ap­pointed ex­am­iner, asses­sor and mod­er­a­tor for City and Guilds. Af­ter liv­ing with my in-laws for eight years, we de­cided to move out – but Roshan was faced with re­trench­ment and started his own courier com­pany.

“We moved into our new house with no set in­come, barely any fur­ni­ture – but we made it a home,” said Bisaal.

Ten years af­ter start­ing her clinic, Bisaal had to close it – she had faced two at­tempted hi­jack­ings. She said she ac­cepted a po­si­tion as dis­trict sales man­ager at Avon Jus­tine. She pur­sued stud­ies in busi­ness ad­min­is­tra­tion – which she com­pleted with dis­tinc­tion.

“This year I launched Miss Uni­world South Africa.”

The SHE (serve, help, em­power) Force Foun­da­tion, also started by Bisaal, is un­der the ban­ner of the Mrs In­dia SA and the Miss Uni­world SA pageants. “We have trans­formed, up­lifted, brought out the best in women,” she said.

Bisaal said pageantry had taught her many things – but the most im­por­tant les­son she has learnt is that some­times “the pret­ti­est face hides the sad­dest story”.

Bisaal said she planned to ex­pand on pur­pose­ful events na­tion­ally and in­ter­na­tion­ally. This, she said, was part of her plan of leav­ing a legacy of woman em­pow­er­ment through pageantry.

Happy fam­ily: Ro­hini,anusha, Roshan and Ad­hira Bisaal.

With her school’s gym­nas­tics team.

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