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Grasim presents Mr International

 Aryan VaidIn his first press conference held in Mumbai on 18 October, Aryan Vaid, the winner of the Grasim Mr International award, said that he was thrilled at having won the title and happy to do his country proud. Also present were the first runner-up, Jorge (from Mexico), second runner-up Xu Chong (from China) and Mr Photogenic, Ezzio Cavaloro (from Venezuela). While the foreign winners had problems communicating with the press, they were more than willing to pose before the cameras.

Jorge, Ezzio, Aryan and Xu ChongThe 3rd Grasim Mr. International competition was held at the magnificent Umaid Bhavan Palace in Jodhpur on October 13, 2000. The event was sponsored by Grasim Industries, a division of the Aditya Birla Group. With some thirty contestants participating from various countries, the pageant was a fifteen-day long affair. The panel of judges comprised mostly Indians including famous personalities and acclaimed celebrities.

JorgeCarrying a cash prize of US$6000 and the prestigious title of "Grasim Mr. International," the contest provided a platform for showcasing young talent . As a run up to the final event, three sub contests were held on October 6. The main event was hosted by Dilip Tahil and Laila Rouss. Artists like Malaika Arora, Ravena Tandon, and Lucky Ali performed on stage.

On the final day, the contestants had to go through five rounds . In the first round, participants showcased their country's culture and heritage through the dress worn. This was followed by the swimsuit round, which was the first of its kind in India. The contestants were judged on the basis of their body structure, skin, the manner in which they carried themselves, and stature. In the last and final round, the shortlisted candidates were posed a question each.

Aryan Vaid came out tops, and after seeing him in the flesh , mumbaibest knows just why!

Author: Sharmistha Chatterjee
Photographer: Uma Kadam





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