First Nepali transgender model to walk at Lakme Fashion week
It seems like the fashion scene in India is on its path to a major transformation. It started with a fashion show last year with plus-size models that tried defying all the silly standards of beauty. And now, our gender-particular fashion industry is set for another breakthrough.
Anjali Lama, a transgender model from Nepal is all set to challenge the norms by walking the ramp at the Lakme Fashion Week to be held in February 2017.
For Anjali, who underwent a sex-change operation after moving to Kathmandu a few years ago, the struggle to make her mark has been extremely tough–considering Nepal is a conservative country.
Born as Nabin Wabia, she did not even know what modelling meant back, until she participated in the ‘Miss Pink’ pageant in 2007. She then took part in an international transgender beauty pageant held in Bangkok, which turned out to be a great learning experience for her. After that she decided to undergo professional training in order to take up modelling as a full-time career.
But the good news is that things are finally going uphill for this courageous woman, who faced a lot of rejection in her career for being transgender. Ever since she successfully cracked a modelling audition held in Delhi on December 14, Anjali has been on an all-time career high as she preps for walking the ramp with four other debutant models: Divya Jadhav, Aishwarya Sheoran, Sandra Cionelly, and Tatiana Polischcuk.
We obviously feel super-proud of her achievements, but this isn’t the first time Anjali has taken a bold step towards breaking stereotypes and finding her own ground.
She also starred in a 50-minute documentary titled Anjali-Living Inside Someone Else’s Skin, which highlighted the plight of transgenders in our society and the problems they face in their daily lives.
Now that she is set to make a mark in the Indian fashion industry, we hope she will inspire more youngsters to embrace their sexuality and come out of the closet.