On March 27, 2021, the Rubaru Mr. India organization announced Prateek Baid, the winner of Rubaru Mr. India 2016 competition, as one of the judges for the Rubaru Mr. India 2020-2021 competition. The national finals of the 17th edition of India’s biggest male pageant will take place on April 8, 2021 in Goa. Along with being a judge, Prateek will also serve as the Ramp Walk and Runway Trainer of the 2020-2021 batch of candidates.
While sharing his views on being a judge at the same pageant that he won in 2016, he mentioned, “I am so happy to go back to the place where I began my journey in 2016. The role however is going to be totally different this time. It’s hard to be a judge especially if you have been a contestant in past. All the memories of my year are still so vivid. From the day I arrived for the pageant to the day I was elected the winner, everything still seems like yesterday. This time, I am excited as well as very nervous, being a judge is not easy for the person who has been a contestant in past. I can relate to each and everything that the candidates are going through and I will be able to relate to all the things that would happen during the pageant. I would like to wish all the candidates a very best of luck and if you guys need someone to talk to or if you have any doubts regarding anything related to the pageant, then you are always welcome, talk to me. I will be more than happy to assist you. Good luck to you all and hope to see you soon.”
Prateek Baid is the first and only Indian model till date who has been honored with the Best International Model award. He also holds the record of winning the Best Model award twice in the same year. In 2016, he created history by becoming the very first Indian delegate to secure a placement at Mister Global competition.
Rubaru Mr. India is India’s oldest running male pageant. The pageant was created in the year 2004, and is owned by Indian pageant organization and talent promoting agency, Rubaru Group. The winners / top placers of the pageant represent India at some of the biggest and most well established international modelling competitions and beauty pageants across the globe. Ever since the pageant’s inception in the year 2004, it has sent India’s representatives to more than 15 different international pageants. It also holds the record of being associated with the maximum number of international modelling organizations in India. Rubaru Mr. India pageant has produced the maximum number of international award winners in men’s pageantry in India, making it one of the most successful male beauty pageants in the world. The pageant is headed by its founder and president, Sandeep Kumar and Mumbai-based entrepreneur, Pankaj Kharbanda is the current vice-president of the pageant. This year’s pageant will be a combined event for the years 2020 and 2021. At the culmination of the pageant, a new Rubaru Mr. India titleholder will be elected. Along with this, Indian representatives to some of the most well-established international modelling competitions and pageants will also be announced.