Naaz Joshi

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Naaz Joshi
Miss universe diversity.jpg
Aizya Joshi

(1984-12-31) 31 December 1984 (age 37)
RelativesViveka Babajee (cousin)
Modeling information
Height5 ft 10 in (178 cm)
Hair colorBrown
Eye colorGreen

Naaz Joshi (born 31 December 1984 in New Delhi India[1]) is India's first transgender international beauty queen, a trans rights activist[2] and a motivational speaker.

Joshi won the Miss World Diversity beauty pageant three times in a row.[3] She is India's first transgender cover model.[4] She is the world's first trans woman to win an international beauty pageant with cisgender women.[5] Naaz is India's first transgender show stopper.[6] She is India's first transgender model. [7]

Early life[edit]

She was born as Aizya Joshi to a Muslim mother and a Hindu Punjabi father.[8] At the early age of 7, her family sent her to a distant relative in Mumbai to avoid taunts from society for her feminine behavior. She worked at dance bars and restaurants to earn a living. Later, she enrolled at the National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT) and completed her formal studies in fashion design.[9]

At the age of 18, Naaz met her cousin, Viveka Babajee, a famous Mauritian model. It was through Viveka’s help and support that Naaz got into NIFT and studied Fashion Design. After Viveka committed suicide in the year 2010, Naaz decided to take forward her unfulfilled dream of becoming a model and bid adieu to the world of design.[10]

She later completed her MBA in marketing from the Institute of Management Technology, Ghaziabad.[11]

Personal life[edit]

Joshi worked as a sex worker to earn money for her sex reassignment surgery.[12] In 2018, she claimed to be a victim of gender discrimination after having her booking rejected by a hotel in Gurgaon. A junior employee of the hotel, initially contacted about the matter by the Hindustan Times, stated that the booking was cancelled for "gender-based reasons", this was later denied by the general manager who stated the "allegations of discrimination of any kind were false" and that the hotel had not yet confirmed Joshi's booking because it was still waiting for approval from the regional sales office.[13]

Naaz is a proud mother of two daughters, she adopted them when their immediate families abandoned them, talking to New Indian Express, she revealed that her younger daughter was the daughter of a 16-year-old girl who threw the child into a dustbin.[14]

The status of India’s transgender population improved when the NALSA was able to get transgender recognized as a third gender by the Supreme Court of India on 14th April, 2014.[15] She has also won the Miss Republic International Beauty Ambassador and Miss United Nations Ambassador pageants. On winning this particular title, she told Indulge Express that winning the crown gives her more power and responsibility towards society, with which she aims to work towards bringing the transgender community into the mainstream.[16]

IIM students interacted with Miss World Diversity 2019 to promote mutual respect and inclusion of the third gender.[17]

During an interview during the 72nd independence day celebration in India, she stated that love is not free in the country. She was living in with a boy and her marriage was called off because she is a trans woman. Trans women in India are often subjected to hatred and transphobia.[18]

Professional life[edit]

Naaz has post-graduated from NIFT. She studied knitwear design and technology there. Before entering NIFT She had studied fashion design the Pearl Academy of Fashion. After her post-graduation, she worked with two eminent designers of India, Ritu Kumar and Ritu Beri. She has worked with ex Member of Parliament, Dr. Udit Raj, for gender sensitization and to make women aware of their constitutional rights and menstrual hygiene.[19]

Naaz Joshi is a pageant director for a company named MIHM, Mrs. India Home Makers. It is aimed towards cisgender women, and her goal is to bridge the gap between genders.[20] Naaz Joshi has been working on gender Sensitization Programs ever since she has been crowned as India's first transgender international beauty queen. She has interacted with many schools and universities to empower the trans community in India. This includes; Tagore international school, New Delhi; ARSD college, Delhi; Sri Venkateswara College, Delhi; Roshani Nilaya School of Social Science, Mangalore; and IIM, Udaipur. She has fulfilled her promise of working for the community after winning the titles. Today she is the brand ambassador of Tritan Solutions Pvt Ltd,[21] a Sri Lanka-based NGO, and goodwill ambassador of AGS Grooming Academy, Delhi. Naaz Joshi has been working closely with doctor Nitin Shakya, the Nodal officer of New Delhi District, to empower the trans community. She is working on his project to mainstream the transgender community of India.[22]


Joshi first won Miss World Diversity in 2017 and retained her title the following year. She then became the first trans woman to win the title for the third consecutive year in 2019. The win also made her the first transgender person in the world to win an international crown against cis-gendered women.[23][24]

Naaz Joshi won the Miss Transqueen India classic 2018 in Mumbai in September 2018.[25]

Joshi was invited to TED at GLA University, Mathura on 8th December, 2019, to inspire people born with disabilities. The theme of the talk was silent heroes' hidden truth.[26]

Naaz Joshi won Miss Universe Diversity 2020; due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the organization took it digital this year. There were contestants from thirty countries who were given online tasks. Naaz chose to work on women's safety and self-defense.[27]

In 2021 Naaz Joshi won the Empress Earth pageant, this crown made her India's first international trans queen with 7 international crowns. Naaz is the first Indian to win the prestigious title of Empress Earth. The contest was supposed to take place in Dubai on 1 June 2021, but due to the pandemic, the pageant was done virtually. Female Contestants from more than 15 countries participated in Empress Earth 2021. The countries that entered the top five were Colombia, Spain, Brazil, Mexico and India.[28]

In an interview with The Times of India, Naaz narrated her hurdles in pageantry. Some contestants backed out, hearing a trans woman shall be competing in a straight pageant and some backed out because she had a history of sex work. She went on to say that in the national Indian trans pageant, where she competed in 2018, she was age shamed by all her co-contestants because she was the eldest of all the transgender contestants. This bad incident left a deep scar on her heart.[29]


Caption text
Pageant name year Placement
Miss United Nations 2016 Ambassador
Ms Republic international 2017 beauty ambassador
Miss World Diversity 2017 Winner
Miss World Diversity 2018 winner
Miss Trans Queen India 2018 winner classic
Miss world diversity 2019 Winner
Miss Universe Diversity 2020 winner
Empress Earth 2021 Winner
misstransglobal India 2022 National Winner


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