Transgender model Anjali Lama is walking the runway this week in India’s premier fashion show, Lakme Fashion Week in Mumbai.
“Ever since I started modelling it’s been my dream to appear in a fashion week. My dream has come true and I feel so happy and grateful.
The name I carved out as the first transgender model in India wasn’t an easy process. I had to work hard, mentally handle stress and pressure. I struggled a lot.”
Before Lama was signed to an agency in Kathmandu, she was living as a trans woman in secret but someone discovered this and told her family who sadly cut her off.
“My mother, to some extent, was more accepting but there really wasn’t much awareness then. There is more awareness and acceptance now in Nepal, and that has helped more people like me to come out.”
Fashion week aims to promote inclusivity and pass the constrained boundaries of gender, size and beauty in fashion and Lama wants to support that message, and hopes her public presence will inspire other trans people to come out.
“Some transgenders may feel scared to come out. If they come out after being inspired by me … (and) think ‘I can be like her’ and then believe in themselves, then I’ll feel very proud of myself.“
Brava, you look gorgeous and powerful and are OWNING that catwalk!
(via Pink News)