Life hasn’t been very pleasant to her but she welcomes it with open hands. She manages to perform magically well in two roles: a dentist and an assistant professor. She is also the chairperson of a charitable trust that works for the benefit of people with disability. She has participated in a number of research projects and presented papers at many national conventions. She conducts free dental camps at schools and has been a participant in wheelchair dance and wheelchair basketball competitions.
The list of her feats doesn’t end here. She is also an adept painter, singer and swimmer, and has mapped many road trips across her state and travelled to 11 different countries. And all of this she achieved while being restricted to her wheelchair. Meet Rajlakshmi S.J.
Rajlakshmi follows a strict diet, works out religiously and takes care of her skin. After all, she is all set to represent India at Miss Wheelchair World 2017, which will be held in Poland on October 7 this year. Three years ago, Rajlakshmi won the Miss Wheelchair India in 2014.
Rajlakshmi is passionate about more than one thing, and modelling is one of them. She enjoys it to the core and has striven hard to be where she is today in the world of glamour. The 31-year-old is doing her best to break the stereotypes of the world which see someone on wheelchair as being incapable of modelling.
The aspiring model hasn’t been a wheelchair person all her life. It was 10 years back in the year 2007 that she had performed extraordinarily well in her BDS exams. Following her excellent performance, she was invited to Chennai to present a paper at the National Conference. On her way, she met with a serious accident which left her with a spinal injury.
Her lower limbs had got paralyzed and in a way, she was left with a whole new body to deal with. But the challenge did not break her. She decided to follow her passion despite her disability and went on to pursue MDS as well as a course in psychology and fashion.
Meanwhile, she came to know about the Miss Wheelchair India contest on the internet and applied for it. She won the pageant in 2014 which she describes as a “dream come true” moment for her. The young woman feels blessed to be able to live two different lives: one of an abled girl that she lived before her accident and one of a differently-abled woman that she is living now.