Any size above 8 is taken as a ‘plus-size’ in the model industry. Quite a flabbergasting threshold. Body discrimination is a real thing. Most elite brands of fashion tend to lend a deaf ear to this issue. In a country where the model industry is dominated by the conventional “slim and trim” models, the term “Plus size model” might sound far-fetched. The concept lacks acceptance and representation, both. We rarely find a Plus-size model walking the runway or being a part of photoshoots.
Sabyasachi Mukherjee, a very famous designer and the most coveted one, came up with yet another mesmerizing traditional couture collection on Women’s Day this year. However, something was discrete about this collection. It was quite the subject of controversy and got the internet divided with mixed reactions from the netizens; Portraits featuring a glamorous plus-size model serving some looks among the fellow conventional models. Varshita Thatavarthi, created quite a ripple in the pond of fashion, this March, on Women’s Day, when Indian designer Sabyasachi Mukherjee shared pictures of the plus-size model on Instagram. Albeit, some netizens called it was just an advertising maneuver and some thought it was praiseworthy. We think it was quite a commendable gesture. Sabyasachi’s latest wedding wear features the Tamil descend model and we can’t keep calm!
Varshita Thatavarthi looks like a legit queen, representing her body type! She totally slays in the solo shots too! More power to the brand and young models like Varshita who are here to smash the stereotypes and crush the body shammers!
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The exuberantly inclusive collection celebrates diversity and self-confidence. A collection that has something for everyone. The collection, namely Charbagh, has four distinct lines- Devi, Nargis, Chowk, and Isfahan. Each with its own charm.
Devi, dominantly in the traditional bridal shade of red and Chowk is all about quintessential Sabyasachi elements and has a quaint touch to it. “When I look at the way women in rural India dress, their naiveté and their authenticity in how they express themselves through their clothing make them almost arrogant and defiant in a positive way,” quotes Sabyasachi conveying the idea behind this line.
Taking into account, the tastes and preferences of his clientele from abroad, Nargi’s line were launched. Nargis is all about pastel and pale shades. Isfahan draws its inspiration from the Mughal legacy, velvet being the central element.
We stand this classic collection because it’s all things good-another fine masterpiece by the designer but with a taste of inclusivity. An exemplary move. It’s a delight to see how the fashion industry is changing for the good, finally recognizing the plus-size models, extending the definition of beauty. We need a greater assortment of models in the runways too because everybody type needs to be normalized. Every single body is worthy enough to hit the run and slay. We need more of the body positivity and fair representation of every body type.