Had the honor and great opportunity to be called upon and offer some perspective on #StyleAsResistance in this incredible photo spread on contemporary chicanx fashion and resistance for Vogue Magazines 125
World Indigenous Peoples Day is almost coming to a close and I’d like to share pictures of myself in my traditional attire.
I am an indigenous woman (or an adivasi as known in South Asia). Today has been fairly good. Since Mom and I couldn’t go outside due to our fear of a terrorist threat ever since July 1st happened, we both decided to go on our fairly adequate rooftop garden for a mini photo shoot.
Our attire is known as Pinon-Khadi. Pinon is the wrap around skirt I’m wearing and the khadi is much like a scarf but it is wrapped over the blouse and draped to the side like a traditional sari. Alas I do not own original Chakma jewellery so I had to make do with some baubles I bought from fairs.
This has been a small lesson on Chakma culture from a small blogger.
makeup: laura mercier radiance primer, bare minerals bareskin #15, nyx matte bronzer, nars blush in liberte, nars multiple in cococabana, maybelline concealer in medium light, anastasia beverly hills eye brow pomade in dark brown, loreal voluminous mascara, sephora collection cream lip stain in forever fuchsia, nars velvet matte lip in dolce vita
It’s been 6 months since this project started. It came as an idea late at night with a conversation among friends. The immense support that this has received even further proves the lack for a supportive safe space for marginalized communities to thrive because it’s no longer just about survival.
I hope more than anything this serves as the catalyst for POC to pursue whatever is that we want to pursue because we deserve that and to carve out a space that is so rightfully ours.
Basically, this is a drawn out thank you, so thank you very much. XOXOXO
This is a photo from my senior prom (two years ago); the moment I’d decided to attend, I knew I couldn’t miss the chance to wear something so beautiful. Let me tell you something: few things are as ethereal as a Desi woman who carries herself like royalty. Be proud of your skin, your background, and your culture…because we brown girls are pure magic.