Lakme Fashion Week breaks stereotypes this Spring/Summer 2016, and it is a breath of fresh progressive air. It brought together women from all walks of life and they shattered conventions into stardust.
Earlier, the fashion industry used to be all about being perfect, but with time, things have changed. There has been a major shift in the mindset, and variety has found it’s space on the ramp. Reliance Retails’ Doubt is Out collection saw many faces walking down the style aisle with confidence and elan.
The original Golden girl of Bollywood, Helen Richardson Khan walked for ‘Age no bar‘. She said,
For me, it is something different. I walked the ramp many years ago, but at this stage in my twilight years to be able to come here and do this with youngsters, has been a wonderful experience. I am happy that I have got my size now.
The brave and upfront Sunny Leone walked for ‘Choice no bar‘. Very Oktoberfest and charming, Sunny.
The funny woman, stand-up comedienne Bharti Singh walked for ‘Size no bar‘. The hand on the hip and the smile, girl.
India’s first woman to fly an MIG fighter jet, Suman Sharma, walked for ‘Career no bar‘. Steering it clear, be it an MIG or the walk.
And the shining example of resilience, Transgender Activist Laxmi Narayana Tripathi walked for ‘Gender no bar‘.
Laxmi told The Indian Express,
Internationally, there are transgender models. I belong to an ethnic transgender community. I belong to this country and inclusion beyond gender is important. I was quite happy being a part of this movement. Beauty is in beholders’ eyes, body shape or gender don’t matter to fashion. Beauty is beauty. We are no one to judge.
Earlier, model and Mom-to-be Carol Gracias graced the ramp with her baby bump and stirred up quite the internet storm. We applaud these women for their bold statements in the fashion industry, where the perfect body image is worshipped, and in life as well.