Reigning Mr. India International 2012, who represented the country at this year’s Mister International Contest at Bangkok, Thailand, made waves after he promoted Naga traditional culture by presenting Naga gifts to each and every of the co-contestants during a two-week long stay and also by winning “Mr. Catwalk” title.
Talking to Nagaland Post after his return from the contest here at Dimapur Tuesday, Opang said he also promoted “Naga Perfume” during the pageant which was sent along with him by state government to promote and also as an ambassador for the brand.
He said co-contestants and officials who had received the “Naga Perfume” was all praise for it by terming it as an “amazing product”.
Lad from Longkong village, Mokokchung, Nagaland should be proud of the achievement as Opang is the first person to represent India from northeastern states in the contest.
Recalling that his journey during the preparation and for the grand finale was a whole new experience for him, this 21-year-old said two-week stay at the Convenient Park Hotel, Bangkok, Thailand, was something that he would always cherish. Visiting places including temples, monuments, historical places, Opang said one of the most interesting things that he experienced was attending Thai traditional marriage demonstration where he also crooned two songs, which was well appreciated by one and all present.
After winning the “Mr. Catwalk” title that was awarded to him by UN2 Plus Modeling Agency, Bangkok, at the international pageant, Opang was also invited as a chief judge and guest of thonour at the “Gateway Ekamai Young Presenter Award 2012”, teenagers model contest, on November 25 where six boys and six girls were selected.
Opang said he would be going back to Bangkok again next year in January for modeling assignments and as a trainer for “Catwalk”.
Also, sharing a word, Opang said being in the international contest he had learned how professional they were in organizing things, adding he had learned a lot from them.
Mr.Catwalk said even though he did not win the title, the contest itself has made him more polished, natural and professional.
Opang said he foresaw a lot of young Naga talents who could be a winner in any international platform. He was accompanied at the pageant in Bangkok by national director of the pageant, Alempokba.
Winding up the conversation, Opang said the biggest strength in him was being optimistic, adjustable, hardworking and God-fearing.