The real queens of this age
When Anjali Lama walked the ramp at the Lakmé Fashion Week Summer/Resort 2017, all heads were turned towards her and she made history as the first transgender to walk the ramp in India. Ever since, the fashion world has opened it’s doors to people from the transgender community, generating a feeling of inclusivity, which paves the way for equality. Today we witness transgenders strutting down the ramp for the biggest names in the industry and there’s really no looking back.
India’s first trans plus size super model, Dr Mona Varonica Campbell, tells us that right from her childhood, she was always inclined toward the fashion industry. “I used to watch Fashion TV, I always dreamt of walking on the runway, I wanted to be a super model and endorse big labels, both nationally and internationally,” she tells us.
Right after her transformation, Dr Mona has been fortunate enough to be in the limelight. She was titled Miss Transgender 2015, and even in her career as a celebrity makeup artist, she was listed as one of the best makeup and stylists under the label Varonica Makeup Artistry. We asked her how she felt when she was asked to walk the ramp. “When I was in Canada working with MAC cosmetics, I was directly approached by fashion agencies as they love my personality. After returning to India, I heard about Lakmé auditions on social networks and I went it for it and auditioned and cracked it. I opened the show being the show stopper for ace designer Wendell Rodricks.
However, she shares that she had mixed experiences. “Talking about good, I opened the shows for two seasons of Lakmé Fashion Week and for Wendell. He was the best part of my journey and he stood behind me, supported and fought for me to get me on the runway as a show opener. I got lot of lime light all over the globe like Ted x, BBC, Facebook, We the Women, New York Radio, Buzzfeed, Tinder, so many of them. Talking about bad experiences, few brands and designers are very insecure/ conservative and biased, thinking I will grab all the attention with my walk and attitude and personality, and dominate their respective brands and labels by being the ambassador/ show stopper after becoming India’s first plus size super model. This was one of the reasons I did not walk for Lakmé this season.”
Courtesy : Yahoo News