Tales of Patan | A visual ode to the handwoven textile of Patola made in Patan, Western India

Outfits | Gaurang Shah

Concept and Styling | Who Wore What When

Photography | Karan Nevatia

Models | Naomi Janumala and Poulomi Das


It’s no secret that when it comes to models, fashion runways, ads and covers are overwhelmingly white. But two models in particular are coming up the ranks and breaking cultural barriers, particular for representation of Indian women. Bhumika Arora and Pooja Mor tell Teen Vogue that modeling professionally wasn’t a given for either of them, but now their success motivates them to represent their country.

“All I hear is, ‘You girls are so gorgeous. Why don’t we have more Indian models?’” Arora said.

There aren’t many — only about 8% of runway models at recent Fashion Weeks were of Asian ethnicity. Abercrombie & Fitch made headlines last year for casting an Indian Sikh model, but it’s still rare.

Which is why Mor and Arora speaking out, in their own words and through their gorgeous photos. Check out more at TeenVogue.com.