Next month fashion week is about to be held in India. And it is the first time in the country’s history when a transgender model is set to take part in the event of such level. Anjali Lama, native Nepali, won the chance to model as the shows in Mumbai over the first week of February. She snagged the gig after her application to the shows last year were rejected.
“It wasn’t easy for me in the early days when there was so much rejection and discrimination. Now I am getting an overwhelming response from the fashion industry after being selected, and other transgender people tell me they are proud of me,” the model says.
The fashion week aims to promote inclusivity and pass the constrained boundaries of gender, size and beauty in fashion. Jaspreet Chandok, fashion head at IMG Reliance, an organiser of the event, said: “This season, our model pool will feature a transgender, a gender neutral and a plus size model [to] take these conversations forward, shining light on some these issues and bringing them to the national consciousness.”