Rusie Thokchom (Bembem) : A Model Profile
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Name: Rusie Thokchom
Nick Name: Bembem
Father's Name: Thokchom Shantikishore Singh
Mother's Name: B. Krishnakumari Devi
Address: Keishamthong Elangbam Leikai (Leirak Macha)
Date of Birth: August 29, 19**
Weight: 52 kg.
Favourite Model: Andriana Lima
Favourite Actor: Johnny Depp and Hugh Jackman
Favourite Dress: Jeans and Tops
Favourite Colour: Baby Pink and Black
Favourite Dish: Soibum Ironba, Fish and Beef
Hobbies: Organizing and participating actively in various activities, events and programmes, cookery, music, dancing and reading
Qualification: Pursuing Masters in Social Work under IGNOU
Graduated in B. Sc. (Biotechnology) from Vivekananda College of Arts and Science for Women, Tamil Nadu.
In her first ever walk on the ramp after the stringent preliminary rounds among 16 girls from across the North East India, a simple yet beautiful lady from Manipur - Rusie Thokchom was crowned the coveted 2nd Runner's up Title of Miss LUIT 2012 in a glittering ceremony held on September 29, 2012 at Pragjyoti-ITA centre for Performing Arts in Guwahati. Besides that, she was also awarded the title of Miss Personality from among the six sub-titles. The contest which was organised under the aegis of North East Beauty Forum was judged in four rounds - traditional, casual, theme and evening gown. The theme of this year's contest was 'Celebrating the essence of beauty'. The contestants of the Miss LUIT 2012 include professional models, professional dancers, winners of other beauty pageants and many other talented women.
Over the years Miss LUIT Contest, which is the most coveted title of Eastern India has been instrumental in spotting and nurturing talents, who have carved out a niche in the glamour and modeling industry both nationally and internationally ever since its inception in 2001. The pageant has discovered, groomed and metamorphosed some of the divas who are mega players in the popular circuits like the Femina Miss India, Gladrags Mega Model.
The top five finalist of Miss LUIT contest is given an opportunity to participate in Femina Miss India contests. Thus, Rusie Thokchom is now preparing herself for Femina Miss India contest. Prior to the Femina Miss India 2013 contest, she will be facing an audition in Guwahati in the month of December.
Rusie was filled with joy when her name was announce, which came with the big round of applause in the hall, for the title of 2nd runner's up in Miss LUIT. She was confident of winning atleast a title in the contest. In her first reaction she thanked the Almighty God, her father, mother, guides and supporters who have been playing a great role for her success.
Though Rusie felt little nervous and shy in the contest, she had confidence in herself. She feels happy walking the ramp in front of many experts in the field of modeling and remembers what a beauty contestant must have in mind while being on the ramp - the eye contact, the smile, the activeness, and the energetic moods. She also feels proud to represent Manipur at the North East level contest.
Nine days of grooming before the contest was very helpful and she has full confidence that she will be among the Ten Finalist and win a title. And the coveted title has paid off her hard effort. She too acquired vast knowledge by participating in the beauty pageant.
The hard earned title and the recognition from outside the state makes her satisfied even though she couldn't win the Title. She defines the beauty pageant as 10% beauty and 90% Intelligence. Further in her life, she plans a long journey in the field of modeling after gaining more knowledge.
There are many people behind the success of Rusie in the beauty pageant. Kavita Keisham, Moirangmayum Joy, Halley Laithangbam, Sunnykumar Naosekpam and Ningthoujam Suman. Kavita Keisham and Halley Laithangbam gave her the idea about participating the contest. They too help her with the audition and the other process. Not only that, the duo taught her about personality developments and also the art of modeling. Sunnykumar and Suman stand by her giving guidance too. Besides Neerupama, her mother's friend who supports her, the family members, including her father, mother, brother and sister too encourage her with her participating the North East Level Beauty Pageant. Rusie's father Shantikishore who always encourage her daughter's wish in the field of modeling and fashion is working as a production assistant in DDK, Imphal while her mother is a housewife.
Self confidence, positive thinking, physical fitness, passion and purpose, ability to face challenges and height (for north easterners) are the major factor according to Rusie if one wishes to participate in a beauty pageant.
Rusie believes that Manipur will be included in the Fashion map of the world if the government and its related authorities gives some extra effort in fashion and model industry while the models will also able to sustain themselves with this profession. Otherwise those who take up modeling will have to find an alternate profession for livelihood.
Unlike other models, she has no interest in films but she wants to establish a modeling agency in Manipur where she can lend her hand to the young and talented youths of the state so as to make them walk in the fashion and model world at national and international level.
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