How one of Nagaland’s best-looking model Imlibenla Wati Nienu turned social worker
Hailing from the erstwhile land of fashion and music Imlibenla from Changki Village spent her unruly teens full of enthusiasm. Kohima is her happy place, which made her earn the crown of Miss Nagaland in 2012. This was the entrance of her new life of glitz and glamour. Besides modelling, she’s a law student by profession.
Being the youngest titleholder, her living in the limelight tells us about the interest in elections. “Could our rights be curbed as to impose or throw certain selfish values that we are deemed a no brainer”? All I did was exercise my rights…commented Imlibenla on voting for zealous candidates.
It was 2015 when she entered the universe of Miss India Elite with the theme “Let’s make female foeticide a history”. Imlibenla stated that it was quite a shocking and a happy moment to win. After winning the Miss World Beauty India contest, Imlibenla made a mark even in the international beauty pageant in South Korea.
North East India has a tradition of selfless community service, evident in its culture. Imlibenla Wati heard the alarm bells already and started to work for the unprivileged. The village kids, she felt, did not have the role models that she and her own fellows had while growing up. In many households, most young people have moved abroad and there is less room for empowerment. The Readers’ Choice award winner also motivates other talented Nagas to venture out of the state as greater and promising opportunities await those who dare and struggle.