Gladrags Manhunt and Megamodel Contest

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Gladrags Manhunt and Megamodel Contest
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The winners of Gladrags Manhunt and MegaModel 2008
Formation1994
FounderMaureen Wadia
TypeBeauty pageant
HeadquartersMumbai
Location
Membership
Manhunt International
Best Model of the World
Miss Intercontinental
Miss Tourism International
Official language
Hindi, English
President
Maureen Wadia
Parent organisation
Gladrags India
Websitewww.gladrags.in
The winners of Gladrags Manhunt and MegaModel 2008

Gladrags is an Indian magazine which features modeling and related events. Every year they conduct the Manhunt and Megamodel Contest, a unisex pageant in India. At the contest the most appealing male and female models are selected as winner and runners-up and the magazine promotes them.

The current winners of Gladrags Manhunt and Megamodel India are 21 year old Ansh Duggal of New Delhi and Karuna Singh of Chandigarh.

They first conduct a round of selection from the regions and then post all the elimination rounds for the final contestants. The group undergoes training including physical fitness, grooming, catwalk, diction and speech.

Gladrags Manhunt Contest[edit]

History[edit]

The first Gladrags Manhunt Contest India was held in 1994, Rajat Bedi of Punjab was the first winner. He represented India at Manhunt International 1994 held in Greece and was awarded 4th Runner Up in the finale.

International achievements[edit]

In 2001, Rajeev Singh of Rajasthan became the first Asian and Indian to win the Manhunt International contest. He also won two sub-awards at the contest including Sharmoon Best Dressed Gentleman Award and Best in National Costume. After his victory he established himself in the Indian fashion industry as a successful model.

India has produced many runners-up at the pageant, most notably Dino Morea, Zulfi Syed and John Abraham, all of whom have since established themselves in the Bollywood industry. The contest has also given India some of the finest models ever seen by Indian fashion industry like supermodel Muzamil Ibrahim, actor and model Siddharth Shukla, model Farhad Shahnawaz, actor and model Abhimanyu Jain, 4th runner up Manhunt International 2006 and Arry Dabas, semifinalist in 2012. Other notable winners include Romeo Gates,[1] Ahran Chaudhary and Ravi Awana.

In 2005, Siddharth Shukla, winner of Gladrags Manhunt 2004, represented India at the Best Model Of The World contest held in Turkey and became the first Indian to win the title. Later Shukla became a famous model in India and star in the Indian film industry.

Winners of Gladrags Manhunt India[edit]

Year Winner State
1994 Kelly Dorji, Rishabh Loomba, Rajat Bedi Punjab
1995 Dino Morea Karnataka
1996-97 Zulfi Syed Karnataka
1998 Tarun Arora Assam
1999 John Abraham Maharashtra
2000 Regi Verghese Hyderabad
2001 Rajeev Singh Rajasthan
2002 Nitin Singh Maharashtra
2003 Muzamil Ibrahim Jammu and Kashmir
2004 Hrishant Goswami New Delhi
2005 Pawan Setpal Maharashtra
2006 Abhimanyu Jain Rajasthan
2007 Romeo Gates London
2008 Karan Ambardar New Delhi
2009 Prateek Balhara Haryana
2010 Aaran Chaudhary Uttar Pradesh
2011-12 Sam Kapoor London, UK
2013-14 Ravi Awana Uttar Pradesh
2016-17 Ansh Duggal New Delhi

Representatives to Manhunt International[edit]

  • The winner of the Gladrags Manhunt represents India at Manhunt International, but if for any reason the winner is unable to compete then a runner up is sent to the pageant.
Year Representative State Ranking Special awards
1994 Rajat Bedi Punjab
4th Runner Up
1995 Dino Morea Karnataka
1st Runner Up
1997 Zulfi Syed Karnataka
4th Runner Up
1998 Balbir Meena Rajasthan
Unplaced
1999 John Abraham Maharashtra
1st Runner Up
2000 Regi Verghese Hyderabad
Unplaced
2001 Rajeev Singh Rajasthan
Manhunt International 2001
Sharmoon Best Dressed Gentleman
Best National Costume
2002 Nitin Singh Maharashtra
Top 15
2005 Pawan Setpal Maharashtra
Unplaced
Mr. Photogenic - 1st Runner Up
2006 Aryan Baruah
Top 15
Mister Personality - 2nd Runner Up
2007 Abhimanyu Jain Rajasthan
4th Runner Up
2008 Romeo Gates London
Top 15
Mister Internet Popularity
2010 Ahran Chaudhary Uttar Pradesh
Top 16
Mister Internet Popularity
2011 Shashvath Seth Maharashtra
Unplaced
2012 Arry Dabas Karnataka
Top 15
Mister Photogenic
2014 Gaurav Kumar New Delhi

Representatives to Best Model of the World[edit]

  • The winner of the Gladrags Manhunt represents India at the Best Model of the World contest, but if for any reason the winner is unable to compete then a runner up is sent to the pageant.
Year Representative State Ranking Special awards
2000 Shabbir Ali Karnataka
Unplaced
Best Asian Model
2001 Abhinav Gautam Maharashtra
Unplaced
Best Asian Model
2002 Vijay Balhara Maharashtra
4th Runner Up
Best Gentleman
2003 Ganesh Venkatraman Maharashtra
Unplaced
2005 Siddharth Shukla Maharashtra
Best Model of the World
2006 Abhimanyu Jain Rajasthan
3rd Runner Up
Mister Photo-model
2007 Romeo Gates London
Unplaced
2009 Prateek Balhara Maharashtra
Unplaced

Photographs of some notable winners of Gladrags Manhunt Contest[edit]

Gladrags Megamodel Contest[edit]

History[edit]

The first Megamodel contest was held in 1994, and girls all across the country competed for the coveted title. Shweta Menon of Kerala was declared the winner.

Lara Dutta later established herself as a leading Bollywood actress.

Winners[edit]

year Winner Age Height State Country
1994 Shweta Menon 1.69 m (5 ft 6 12 in) Kerala India
1995 Lara Dutta 16 1.73 m (5 ft 8 in) Karnataka India
1996 Aditi Gowitrikar 22 1.70 m (5 ft 7 in) Maharashtra India
1997-98 Tora Khasigar 17 1.77 m (5 ft 9 12 in) Assam India
1999 Aanchal Kumar 19 1.79 m (5 ft 10 12 in) Punjab India
2000 Candice Pinto 19 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in) Maharashtra India
2001 Koena Mitra 16 1.73 m (5 ft 8 in) Maharashtra India
2002 Mugdha Godse 16 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in) Mahashrta India
2003 Deepti Gujral 17 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in) Maharashtra India
2004 Deepa Chari 19 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in) Maharashtra India
2005 Niki D Souza 20 1.74 m (5 ft 8 12 in) Maharashtra India
2006 Arti Sharma 23 1.74 m (5 ft 8 12 in) Haryana India
2007 Mahima Chaudhary 17 1.73 m (5 ft 8 in) Pune India
2008 Payal Tarafdar 20 1.71 m (5 ft 7 12 in) Assam India
2009 Ankita Mohapatra 23 1.77 m (5 ft 9 12 in) Odisha India
2010 Arshina Trivedi 21 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in) London United Kingdom
2011-12 Sakshi Chaudhary 19 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in) New Delhi India
2013-14 Charlotte Claire 23 1.74 m (5 ft 8 12 in) Mumbai India
2015
2016-17 Karuna Singh 20 Chandigarh India

Representatives to Miss Intercontinental[edit]

  • The winner of Gladrags Megamodel represented India at Miss Intercontinental from 1997 to 2003.
  • Earlier Femina Teen Princess held the franchise of Miss Intercontinental pageant in India.
  • From 2011, Indian Princess holds the franchise of Miss Intercontinental in India.
Year Representative State Ranking Special awards
1997 Lara Dutta Karnataka
Miss Intercontinental 1997
1998 Tora Khasigar Assam
Unplaced
1999 Aanchal Kumar Punjab
Semi-finalist
2001 Koena Mitra Maharashtra
Top 12
2002 Rakhee Chaudhary Karnataka
Semi-finalist
2003 Deepti Gujral Maharashtra
3rd Runner Up

Representatives to Miss Tourism International[edit]

Year Representative State Ranking Special awards
2001 Candice Pinto Maharashtra
Miss Tourism International 2001
2002 Tejinder Kaur New Delhi
Unplaced
2003 Deepa Chari Maharashtra
Unplaced
2004 Parul Chaudhry Maharashtra
Unplaced
2005 Shriya Singh Punjab
2nd Runner Up
2009 Anousha Chauhan New Delhi
Unplaced
2010 Mahima Chaudhary Pune
Top 10

Representatives to Miss Tourism Queen International[edit]

Year Representative State Ranking Special awards
2004 Zabina Khan Maharashtra
Miss Tourism Queen International 2004
Miss Disco Queen
Miss Charm - 2nd Runner Up
2005 Neha Oberoi Maharashtra
Unplaced
2006 Rupali Suri Maharashtra
Top 16
Miss Personality - 2nd Runner Up
2007 Mahima Chaudhary Maharashtra
Top 16
Miss Personality
Best Evening Gown - 2nd Runner Up
2008 Devyani Mandavgane Maharashtra
Unplaced
'Disco Queen

Representatives to Miss Tourism Queen of the Year International[edit]

Year Representative State Ranking Special awards
2005 Roopa Howaldar
2004 Amanpreet Kaur Wahi Punjab
Top 10 Semi-finalists

Representatives to Best Model of the World[edit]

  • The winner of the Gladrags Megamodel contest represented India at Best Model of the World contest, but if for any reason the winner was unable to compete then a runner up was sent to the pageant.
Year Representative State Ranking Special awards
2000 Jacqueline D’souza Karnataka
Unplaced
2001 Zinobia Boocha New Delhi
Unplaced
2002 Mugdha Godse Maharashtra
Unplaced
2003 Deepa Chari Maharashtra
Unplaced
2006 Aarti Sharma Haryana
Unplaced
2007 Mahima Chaudhary Maharashtra
Unplaced
Miss Friendship
2008 Payal Tarafdar Assam
Unplaced
2009 Ankita Mohapatra Odisha
Unplaced

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Romeo Gates, Mahima Chaudhary win Gladrags Megamodel and Manhunt Contest". oneindia.com. Retrieved 24 Jan 2014.

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