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Models of their skin...

Beauty standards that the media sets can make women develop complexes and body image issues. These world-class models however are redefining beauty standards with their sheer confidence…

Shattering the set definitions and conventions of beauty and what is considered good looking; models today are taking on the runway of life and walking with panache the ramp of their destiny, comfortable in their own skin, shape and size.   

That beauty is beyond convention and definition and that it lies in claiming your identity is precisely what these models are out to prove. Let’s take a minute to celebrate these certain few for their path breaking work towards redefining beauty standards...

Winnie Harlow

She has a lot to her credit but most of all, she has the confidence to wear her skin without any inhibitions!

Unlike most other blue-eyed models with lighter skin tones, Winnie Harlow has Vitiligo (a skin condition) and has still managed to become the most sought after name in the fashion industry today.

Apart from having graced the covers of top notch fashion magazines like Vogue and L’Officiel, and having walked the ramp for brands like Chanel, it is no biggie that Harlow has a massive following. Also, she has some of the biggest fashion campaigns to her credit.  

Archana Akhil Kumar

Closer home we have Archana who has carved her niche in the Indian fashion fraternity. From being the face of Lakmé Fashion Week to being India’s biggest designer, Sabyasachi’s muse, Kumar is taking the Indian fashion world by storm.

With those well-defined collar bones, flawless complexion and the confidence of an Indian goddess, Kumar is everything Indian fashion needs to be.    

Khoudia Diop

Diop, with her melanin rich skin tone, is changing beauty standards and shattering beauty stereotypes like no other. This coloured girl is so known, after the campaign (by the same name) that she was photographed for and rose to fame soon after.

On an Instagram post, where Diop has a massive following of over 120k followers, she took on to her bullies and wrote; “Bullies use to come with all kind of names thinking I’ll feel bad about my color well guess what I loved them all and showed them how much I didn’t care about what they think.”

Isn’t she the most stylish badass for taking on them, bullies with such oomph!

Erika Linder

Speaking of being comfortable in one’s own skin and sexuality, the super model setting the most unique example is Erika Linder. From posing as an ultra-feminine, high-fashion model to also posing as a well-groomed male model, Linder is blurring any lines that might keep her from being who she is for a person!   

Her twitter bio interestingly reads; “I have too much imagination to just be one gender.” Linder is a popular face with magazines and brands like Marie Claire, L’Officiel and Louis Vuitton.

Tess Holliday

In a world full of hourglass bodies and perfect figures, she is a size 26 model.

With the unmatched confidence and some of the biggest high-street fashion campaigns to her credit, she has been named one of the 30 most influential people 2016 by the Time Magazine and has over 1.3 million followers on Instagram. Size no bar, baby!      

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Decoding the deal with Sharmaji Ka Beta

We have been compared to him, we've hated him and envied him too but this Sharmaji ka beta somehow always finds a way to belittle us. Let's try and crack the code of dealing with this Mr. Good at everything...
Ritika SrivastavaTeentalkindia Counsellor

It is almost amusing how there is national consensus on the proverbial ‘Sharmaji Ka Beta’ (those Sharmaji ka beta memes and jokes are proof) being the overachiever we’ve all been compared to. This most famous beta of the country seems to be a part of all our lives and somehow seems to be better than all of us put together. He seems to overshadow all our achievements and just be better at everything, ever!

Well, if you are through with those comparisons then here is a five step formula to taking him with a pinch of salt and never letting him in the way of your self-esteem.

Next time you find yourself dreading, meeting the proverbial son at that social gathering, look back at these and remind yourself that being you is your superpower...

“There will always be comparisons with another person in any sphere, there is always going to be someone taller, better, more intelligent than you are, but once you make your peace with that, things get easier. It isn't important to pay heed to comparisons with the over achiever, even though these comparisons can be hurtful and can dent your self-esteem, you must not allow it to!" says popular author Kiran Manral.

You don’t run the world

Something’s you gotta give! You can’t do everything. You can’t play a part at that school play and be in that book club and win that chess championship all at once. You must speak up if you are overcommitted. It’s okay to say no to a few things and it is important to prioritize. Learn to make the right choice and learn to let go!   

Downtime matters

It is this very downtime that makes you better at everything else! Being able to take care of yourself may be an underestimated skill but you need to master it non-the-less. So take a break, relax, sleep it off, invest in a hobby and do nothing at times, so you can come back and be better at what you must do.

It’s alright to disappoint others 

You weren’t put on this planet to please people. It’s alright if you can’t please everyone as long as you are content. Keep things in prospective and seek joy from life not people’s approval. People-pleasing is a lethal trap that gets you nowhere.

"It is important to remember that all people are different and have different skills and capabilities. And most importantly, that everyone has a special skill or talent. Work towards finding out what yours is and focus on that. When you find what you enjoy doing, and what you are good at, these comparisons will automatically become unimportant and you will find your purpose” Manral quips.

You are the pilot of your life

Nobody but you get to decide what you are good at. That the proverbial Sharmaji ka beta is good at something is no reason for you to master that trait! Find your own calling in life, pursue what you love/ dream to be and do everything to get there but don’t let anyone take that call for you.

Being you is more important than being perfect

Learn to celebrate your flaws and talents in equal measure. You are what you are because of this combination so take time to celebrate what makes you, you!


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