Story by; N Dhingra
INDIA, (Uttar Pradesh,)
Vidisha Baliyan, a 21-year-old girl from Uttar Pradesh, was crowned the Miss Deaf World pageant. She became the first Indian to win this crown.
Baliyan was chosen the winner among 11 finalists from 16 participating countries in the final. She is a former international tennis player and also represented India in the Deaflympics. She participated in the beauty pageant after a severe back injury.
She even won a silver medal for tennis at the international deaf Olympics“I was inspired to participate in the pageant to gain confidence and develop my personality. Baliyan completed her bachelor’s degree in Physical Education and was always interested in choosing sports as her career. She has 100% hearing impairment in her right ear and 90% in the left.
Twenty contestants from 11 countries competed for the title of Mr and Miss Deaf World in Mpumalanga, the first time the pageant has taken place on South African soil.