Gaurav Arora, who shot to fame with the eighth season of MTV Splitsvilla, underwent a reconstruction surgery last year, and has been in news since. Today, he has transformed into a beautiful woman and goes by the name Gauri. She embraced her womanhood with aplomb and her Instagram account is proof. But, no one had really imagined that she would participate in a modelling show.
Gaurav recently auditioned for the third season of Indian’s Next Top Model, which is being judged by Milind Soman, Malaika Arora, Neeraj Gaba and Dabboo Ratnani. After listening to her story the judges couldn’t help but applaud her courage.
In her first TV appearance after her transformation, Gauri opened up on what exactly made her take this decision.
Excerpts from her speech –
“Being a woman is a gift and I have gifted myself a vagina.Three years ago I was a male model. I was on a Men’s cover magazine. Then I did a show with MTV as a male model. I had 8 pack abs, 16-inch biceps. I was a fit model… I still feel nervous because I have broad shoulders, broad arms. I am growing into a woman and I am loving it. I am becoming feminine day by day.”
“There was a lot going inside me since my childhood but I didn’t know whom to speak to. But, my parents have been a constant support. They are God to me. It was my Dad who took me to Bangkok. We went to Thailand. Only my Dad was there with me. It must have been difficult for him too to see his son transforming into a girl. I used to tell my dad that, ‘Papa, it’s really very painful, it’s impossible.’”
When asked if she will be comfortable in wearing a bikini on the show, she said, “My boyfriend and my Dad have told me not to wear bikini because this is my first show as a woman and they don’t want the world to think that I did all this (transformation) just for this show.”
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“I felt extremely beautiful. I was a tad apprehensive about the fact that I had to put on a bikini and walk down the ramp in front of seasoned judges but that only made my resolve stronger. It takes a lot of courage to accept the reality and come out in public. A lot of people out there already know about my struggle. I hope my stint on the show gives courage to a lot of people,” Gauri told Mumbai Mirror about the show.