In 2012, Indo-Canadian artist Nimisha Bhanot was in art school when she heard about the rape and murder of Jyoti Singh from the Nirbhaya case of Delhi.

Nimisha told BuzzFeed,

I was very angered that there were people out there blaming her for getting raped because she was out at night. Mohan Bhagwat’s comment about ‘Bharat’ becoming ‘India’ due to Western influence and being the cause for a rise in gang rapes sincerely pissed me off.

This inspired Nimisha to depict Indian women as empowered, confident, and liberated. Nimisha’s paintings are not just beautiful but they also have a very strong message around them. She named each one of them appropriately. Saree-clad or jewellery laden, these real Indian women wear Henna and tattoos with equal pride. They are sexy and they know it!

I Love My India/Watan Mera India

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Beauty Of The Orient At Your Elbow

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Karvachauth

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Nagini

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Not Your Mom’s Bahu

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Tire Change Rani

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Ghar Kab Aa Rahe Ho

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Ironing Out Wrinkles In Your Perception

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Money, Kitty Parties & Clothes Is All A Bahu Knows

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Sweeping Patriarchy Under The Rug

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Serving Looks, Not Nashtha

real Indian women

Aren’t they just awe-inspiring? Check out more of Nimisha’s work at her website and Instagram account.