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Meet The Woman Who’s Recently Won The Miss Popularity Title At The Miss Wheelchair World Pageant

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  •  October 12, 2017


Dr. Rajalakshmi SJ of Bangalore is a dental specialist and a consulting Orthodontist by profession. It was in 2014 that she was declared the winner of the Miss Wheelchair India pageant.

Fast forward to 2017, Rajalakshmi has grabbed the title of Miss Popularity at the Miss Wheelchair World pageant that was held in Poland.

She told The Better India, “It’s a fortune to understand & explore oneself in a superior way under extreme life situations, and I did exactly that.”

When she was 21, she met with a road accident that led to a major spinal cord injury. Rajalakshmi underwent many surgeries but in vain. The good part about her story is that she never let the physical disability obstruct her dreams to make it big. A few years later, she went on to grab a Bachelors degree and gold medal in dental surgery along with studying some courses in psychology, fashion designing, and Vedic Yoga.

Before she went on to win the Miss Popularity title at the Miss Wheelchair World pageant, she said, “I am not only representing India but also the entire community of persons with disability on an international platform on par with other countries. It is a very proud feeling!”

Talking about the challenges that differently-abled people face in general, she said, “The main challenge is the infrastructure. I wouldn’t want to generalise people’s mindsets, but there is still a section that look at physical disability very differently. Disability is just a word used to describe a condition. It can be looked at from different perspectives. Disability can be mental and emotional. The only difference is physical disability is visible. The acceptance is less.”

We wish you all the best, Rajalakshmi. You go, girl!

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