Namitha Marimuthu is an Indian transgender social activist, model, and actor. She came into the limelight after appearing as one of the contestants in Miss International Queen 2022.
Namitha Marimuthu was born on Thursday, 23 February 1989 (age 33 years; as of 2022) in Chennai. Her zodiac sign is Pisces. She did her schooling at Gill Adarsh Matriculation Higher Secondary School, Chennai. Later, she attended St. Peter’s College of Engineering and Technology, Chennai.
Height (approx.): 6′ 1″
Hair Colour: Black
Eye Colour: Black
Figure Measurements: 36-28-34
Gender & Sexual Orienatation
Namita, after hitting adolescence, wanted to transform into a woman; however, her parents were against her decision. At the age of thirteen, she underwent her first surgery for removing extra breast fat. In an interview, she said,
During my 10th class, I had some physical changes in me. My breasts started growing bigger. As my uncle was a doctor, my parents asked him to surgically removed my breasts. Within 3 months, my breasts started growing again.”
Later, when she turned 16, she was sent to a mental rehabilitation centre for six months. After spending six months in a rehabilitation centre, she was taken home to check for any changes but her feminine behaviour became more noticeable. She, then at the age of seventeen was sent to a different rehabilitation centre for drug addicts. A year later, she was sent to another rehabilitation, which offered her to change her identity; however, Namita managed to run away from the rehabilitation centre. Thereafter, in 2010, she raised a complaint against her parents in the Madras High court where the court ruled a legal separation from her parents. In an interview, she described her transformational journey and said,
With the help of SAHODARAN (a non-profitable LGBTQ organization), my parents got counselling and were educated about the existence of transgender people in the society, which convinced my father to accept me, so eventually my parents changed their mind.After three months of separation, I decided to transition into a woman and live as a woman full time. I could afford it thanks to my job and my friends because I was working for SAHODARAN, and I also used to dance on stage, which gave me a smaller income. This money helped me to transition into a female at a very young age. After my transition, my parents didn’t accept me for like two months but again after having a conversation with SAHODARAN, my parents accepted me as a woman.”
Namita Marimuthu belongs to a Hindu family.
Namita’s father’s name is Marimuthu. Her mother’s name is Vennila Devi.
She is the only child of her parents.
Namita Marimuthu follows Hinduism.
Namita Marimuthu started her career as a model and started participating in small-scale pageants for trans-women in her city. In 2015, she participated in the Miss Kovagam pageant held in Villupuram. In 2018, she won the title of Miss Trans Queen, India. In 2019, she competed in Miss Trans Star International 2019 in Barcelona, where she won the international title of Miss Popular and Miss Public Favorite.
In June 2022, she participated in Miss International Queen, the world’s biggest beauty pageant for transgender women in Thailand. In an interview, she talked about her modelling career and said,
I was over 100kg. One day I felt I needed to do something, and started a strict diet and exercise regime, and lost weight. Then the opportunity to enter Miss Chennai (for transwomen) came about. I gave it a shot, and won. I also won the Miss Pondicherry title. My dream is to win the Miss Transqueen India pageant next year, and then represent the country in an international pageant.”
In 2020, Namita Marimuthu made her acting debut with the Tollywood film Naadodigal 2 in which she played the role of Priya. In an interview, she talked about the entertainment industry and said,
We were portrayed badly in the media and movies until recently. We were used for comic relief. However, after Sarath Kumar’s film Kanchana, there has been a slight shift in the way people perceive us—as real people with real feelings.”
In 2021, she appeared as a contestant in the Tamil Big Boss 5 aired on Star Vijay and Disney+ Hotstar. However, she walked out of the show due to some medical emergency.
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In 2019, she was awarded Ooruni’s 100 Working Women Achievers Award.
- She is also known by the name ‘Namitha Ammu.’
- In an interview, she revealed that her parents had once threatened to kill her. She explained,
To know more about my problems, I started speaking with people like me and learned about my problems. During a family function, I dressed up as a girl. Though my parents didn’t hit me directly, I was thrashed by my relatives. Meanwhile, I fled from my house 4 times on various occasions but came back fearing for safety. I was tracked by detectives hired by my parents. Once, I wore my mom’s saree and danced at a function in the transgender community. After I returned home, I was beaten black and blue. My parents threatened to kill me if I don’t change my mannerism.”
- In an interview, she said that she wants to write a book on the transition she has experienced. She said,
Yes, later in my life I’m sure I will write a book on the transition I’ve experienced and how my life has been changed. This will be my story. Leaving our words is the only legacy for how people will remember us. So I really want to make it with a good impact.”
- Namitha Marimuthu is an organizing director and founder of Miss Trans Star India, a beauty pageant for transgender women.
- She is often featured in various newspaper magazines.
- In 2020, amid the nationwide lockdown in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic in India, Namitha helped many people by providing them with food, clothing, and other essentials.
- She has three tattoos inked on her forearm, collarbone, and on the reverse side of her palm.
- In 2010, Namitha raised a complaint against her parents in Madrasa High Court which is known to be the first-ever case in the history of Indian Transgender Rights.
- After being separated from her parents, Namitha started working for SAHODARAN, a non-profitable LGBTQ organization. She also worked as a dancer which helped her with a smaller income.
- In an interview, Namitha talked bout the LGBTQ community and said,
Namitha: Supporting LGBTQ community is my goal. To bring awareness that every human as an individual has a right to live their life on their own and nobody is to judge us for our identity. So my ultimate goal is to advocate and empower the LGBTQ community with the help of SAHODARAN and the THOZHI organization.”