Anwesh Kumar Sahoo: On Beauty, Love and MGW 2016
Anwesh Kumar Sahoo, who represented India at Mr. Gay World 2016 in Malta tells Pink Pages about his ideas of beauty, love and MGW
Body, diet & clothes
Height: 172 cm
Diet: Since I’m very lean, therefore I’m currently working on building body mass. So a protein rich diet, loads of fruits, especially bananas (but never have them empty stomach), almonds (soaked in water over night) and of course a minimum of 8 glasses of water.
Guilty Pleasures: Gol gappe
Top body product: Nothing like Aloe Vera gel.
Clothes: Linen trousers, skinny jeans, kurtas, loads of cool jackets
Do you feel there is a lot of pressure on gay men with regards to their bodies?
Why just gay men? There’s a pressure to be in shape and look good for everyone regardless of their sexuality. But I think it’s high time we learn to prioritize fitness over perfect bodies.
We all want to feel desirable. And a lot of us unfortunately value ourselves by how desirable we are to the people out there. You go on Instagram, and you see so all these perfectly filtered selfies and you feel like “I need to catch up before it’s too late”. We really need to just appreciate and respect ourselves for who we are.
What’s the best part about your looks? And one thing you want to change?
Haha! Isn’t that for people to judge? During the course of Mr. Gay World, a lot of people admired my skin color. So I guess it’s the supple olive skin. With respect to my habits, there’s loads to work on. Procrastination being one of my biggest concern. With respect to my looks, I just want to keep up with my workout regime and build a more athletic body.
Do you feel comfortable being shirtless?
I do. I’ve always been very comfortable in my skin. Especially in the last couple of months, I had to do a lot of shirtless and swim wear pictures and that’s just made me much more confident being shirtless.
Your favorite travel destination?
Now that I’ve been to Malta, Malta is definitely going to be one of my top travel destinations. It’s breathtakingly beautiful. But nothing beats Delhi. I adore the order in all the chaos.
What are you reading these days?
‘I am Malala’. I’d read so much about Malala even before she was shot by the Taliban that I felt like I knew everything about her. But reading that book, I have a newfound respect and admiration for her. Her audacity never stops inspiring me.
Your gay icon?
Freddie Mercury for life.
Your idea of love?
My mother is the true embodiment of love to me. She’s cared for me, nurtured me, put my needs over hers, and understood my problems without me even discussing the same with her. That is what true love stands for me.
One thing that will remain with you about your MGW experience?
The sense of achievement and peace that there was by the end of this journey. Mr. Gay World was all I’d wanted over the last couple of years and getting into the top 12, being able to live through the entire week, discussing and sharing our stories from around the globe is a very unique experience and I’m blessed to have had that.
I’m looking forward to moving to Mumbai for the next few months and work at the Godrej Culture Lab and then I have my last year of engineering to complete and finally be a graduate. I’ve always followed my heart and worked very hard towards every opportunity that has come my way no matter how big or small. I’ll just keep up with that.