Shibani Bedi

Friday, July 26, 2019 6:47:40 PM Asia/Calcutta

Shibani Bedi
CONTENT CREATOR • ACTOR

2 MIN WATCH

Life is about hit and trial. Figuring out what you want. It's said too much, but never enough.

Dressfolklore has been about reinstating these little beliefs and presenting to you the last in this series. Story of a journalist turned theater artist turned content creator and all of it at once, Shibani.

Shibani learnt the art of recalibrating her goals and working out what was best for her. Everyone has their own journey and that is what she reinstates time and again.

Learn with time and learn about yourself.

Shibani dons the ‘Casual Fridays’ dress. Buy it now.



Credits:
Shibani Bedi - @shibani_bedi
Behind The Lens & Music - @baawara
Art Direction - @devanshi.15

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Posted By Nitin Mehrotra

Dessidre Fleming

Friday, July 19, 2019 5:22:29 PM Asia/Calcutta

Dessidre Fleming
EDITOR AT SCOOPWHOOP

2 MIN WATCH

How does one define being beautiful? Dessidre was born with a condition called microtia, and was born with one ear. She grew up as a girl with immense confidence in herself, full of aspirations and dreams. She saw someone beautiful every time she looked in the mirror and not a girl with any disability. Not wanting to fit into the definition of normalcy that social conditioning wants us to believe helped her create, write, grow. The only person she seeks validation from is herself. So let's indulge ourselves in some inspiration, of how a little faith in ourselves can go a long way.

Dessidre dons the ‘Sing Me a Song’ Dress. Buy it now.



Credits:
Dessidre Fleming - @dessidre
Behind The Lens & Music - @baawara
Art Direction - @devanshi.15

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Neha Doodles

Friday, July 12, 2019 5:54:54 PM Asia/Calcutta

Neha Doodles
ILLUSTRATOR • CARTOONIST • ANIMATOR • PET MOM

2 MIN WATCH

When a relatively bright student with ambitions of becoming a CA told her mom that she wanted to become an illustrator instead, her mom thought she had lost her mind. What started as a hobby growing up, restricted to the back of her notebooks now covers Neha's walls, her life and her Instagram feed. An eccentric Neha draws inspiration from life's daily struggles, and the love of her life, her dog Minty. She started with zero support from anybody, but kept at it until she fulfilled her mother's dream of being recognized as 'Neha's mom'. Her growing clientele includes HP, Amazon, Google home etc. and has us convinced that losing your mind is not so bad sometimes

Neha dons the ‘8 am on monday’ shirt and ‘Pleats on polka’ pants. Neha's mom dons the ‘Red Balloon Dress’.



Credits:
Neha Sharma - @neha.doodles
Behind The Lens & Music - @baawara
Art Direction - @devanshi.15

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Megha Vishwanath

Saturday, July 6, 2019 12:34:17 PM Asia/Calcutta

Megha Vishwanath
TV JOURNALIST AT CNBC TV18 • TEDx SPEAKER

2 MIN WATCH

At Dressfolk, we are constantly in awe of women with grit and power. Women whose stories move us, women whose stories puts the patriarchy to shame. Presenting Megha Vishwanath, a broadcast journalist for CNBC TV 18 who spews words of strength, confidence and power. With a passion to speak and a keen eye for technology and innovations, Megha gives us an insight into growing through and battling challenges of being a woman in an industry where sometimes bias can resonate louder than hard work and talent and on overcoming obstacles that obstruct you from reaching your end goal.

Megha dons the ‘Oh Darling’ dress. Buy it now.



Credits:
Megha Vishwanath - @megha.vishwanath
Photography & Video - @studiopicsing
Art Direction - @devanshi.15
Sound - @bensound

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Tanvi Johri

Friday, June 28, 2019 3:35:34 PM Asia/Calcutta

Tanvi Johri
FOUNDER OF CARMESI • FORBES ASIA'S 30 UNDER 30

2 MIN WATCH

Speak of things that make you comfortable but speak up louder of the things that make you uncomfortable. In a world where women are trying to break through society’s taboos and the topics that are not to be spoken of, here’s Tanvi Johri, a powerhouse of a woman who spoke out about women’s intimate hygiene and reproductive health. Ensuring to provide women with a hassle free time during their periods, Tanvi bravely founded Carmesi, an all natural and sustainable intimate care of women.

Tanvi dons the ‘Comfort First’ dress. Buy it now.



Credits:
Tanvi Johri - @tanvijohri
Photography & Video - @studiopicsing
Art Direction - @devanshi.15
Sound - @bensound

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Shyamli

Saturday, June 15, 2019 3:35:34 PM Asia/Calcutta

Shyamli
GRAPHIC ARTIST • ILLUSTRATOR • TATTOO ARTIST

2 MIN WATCH

Torn within the tightening walls of a toxic relationship, a passion towards making her art work and finding her spot in this world, Shyamli is a living testament to a unique millennial success story. Born to stand out, Shyamli proudly wears both her heart and her art on her sleeves, quite literally! She followed a dream not supported by many, broke the glass ceiling in a profession not appreciated by many and defied all the odds that stood in the way to earn the credit that she owns today! Watch her story now!

Shyamli dons the ‘Beat the Heat’ dress. Buy it now.



Credits:
Shyamli - @shyamli
Photography & Video - @studiopicsing
Art Direction - @devanshi.15
Sound - 'Memories' by @bensound

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Posted By Nitin Mehrotra

Roshni Bhatia

Saturday, June 8, 2019 12:29:43 PM Asia/Calcutta

Roshni Bhatia
MOTHER • YOUTUBER • BLOGGER

2 MIN WATCH

If there's one thing common between beauty & courage, it's that neither of them have an age or barrier. Here's a living example of both. Meet Roshni Bhatia, a mother, blogger and youtuber who has taken over social media by a storm. It is not every day we come across stories that move us but everything assured, Roshni's is one such tale that sparked that fire of inspiration in us. Shuffling between the two extreme realms of mothering her 11 year old son and then having to face the camera and spotlight as a blogger/influencer, Roshni has really shown us how to conquer the best of both worlds.

Roshni is donning the ‘Nostalgic Dance’ Dress. Buy it now.



Credits:
Roshni Bhatia - @thechiquefactor
Photography & Video - @studiopicsing
Art Direction - @devanshi.15

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Posted By Nitin Mehrotra

Namita Sunil

Sunday, August 19, 2018 10:53:52 PM Asia/Calcutta

PERSISTENT. AMBITIOUS. BOLD.
NAMITA SUNIL
Model. Designer. Student. Activist

2 MIN READ

Have you heard the story of Moana? The first ever disney princess with dusky skin and curly hair. In clearer words, our first step towards the acceptance of dark skin. But that’s a story, right? Do such warrior princesses really exist? The story that you are about to read, is of a girl named Namita Sunil, who was denied of what she deserved because according to the stereotypical norms of society, she was “too dark” and thus not “pretty enough”. Let’s go back in time and see how things turned out to be for her.

"My town is very small as compared to Delhi. I was very nervous before moving here"

One of Namita's fondest memories as a child, is of dressing her best friend up for imaginary fashion shows. She has been deeply interested in fashion since childhood. She would sit in front of the T.V for hours admiring women who looked like her with dark skin, wild hair, a skinny physique. In spite of what people made her feel about herself, a part of her knew that there is a place for her out there. She dreamt of making clothes for women who were never told how beautiful they were. She wanted to study fashion because of how inclusive the industry is and bring a change. After completing school, her parents agreed to let her appear for the NIFT entrance exam. She qualified the exam and her rank got her admitted to the Delhi center. She was nervous but knew that it was all that she had ever wanted. From the small, coastal town of Kochi she moved to the busy, fast-paced capital of the country, Delhi.

"Vantagold started with promoting the tints and shades of brown and making people realise how beautiful the colour actually is"

Namita has always loved Delhi. There is a place for her in this city, she believes. She had to fight for this place though, like any other person. The modelling team of NIFT always fascinated her. She wanted to be one of them, walking the ramp someday. She auditioned to be a part of the team, and got selected. It hadn’t even been a month since she had joined the team, when she was asked to leave. When she asked for a reason ‘they’ told her that she didn’t have the “right face” to be a model. This crushed her from within. The confidence that she had built over time, bit by bit, in spite of all the struggle that she had to face for the way she looked, fell apart. More than anything else, it made her furious. Why was she being treated in a certain way because of something she was born with and had no control over?

In her summer break, after the first year of college got over, Namita started an instagram page called “Vantagold”. It was a medium for her to reach out to people, to say the things that she had felt all her life, out loud. Not only did she openly spoke against the struggles that come with dark skin, but also body-shaming, gender in-equality and whatever she thought was wrong in the society. With this brave step, the world around her changed.

"If I ever meet my high-school self, I am gonna ask her to hang on and appreciate the small things in life"

Today, Namita has not only shot for several well-known brands but also done editorial shoots with magazines as prestigious as the Harper’s Bazaar and Verve. The girl who was once having a hard time finding a place in the college fashion team, is now a big name in the industry. Namita also hasn’t gotten deviated from what she came here for. She models, designs, goes to college and illustrates. Sometimes she has to make tough choices, but she has her priorities set right. She doesn’t want her dreams to be confined to a profession, she has bigger goals in life. Her pictures in magazines and billboards do make her very happy, but not as happy as a message from a teen thanking her for being there does. Namita has touched lives in several ways. She has made little girls realise that they shouldn’t believe in what others ask them to believe. They should have a belief system of their own and stick to it, no matter what. All she wants is to be happy, and keep adding a little bit of herself to the world, in small ways.

Fashion, to Namita, is only about what you are and what you think will look good on you. It has got nothing to do with trends. It’s an expression that has always helped her be whoever she wanted to be. It has given her the chance to explore the depth of her identity. She believes in bringing sustainability to fashion and making more space in the industry for people like her.

In her story, Namita Sunil, is truly the warrior princess, the gold to her vanta.

Namita is donning 'La Vie Sheer Shirt' dress

Credits:
Namita: @vantagold
Photographs: @pritiza7

Posted By Nitin Mehrotra

Nitya Uppal

Monday, July 23, 2018 5:31:27 PM Asia/Calcutta

SANGUINE. POSITIVE. ASSERTIVE.
NITYA UPPAL
Assistant Editor - POPxo

2 MIN READ

Conviction is a virtue, hard to find. But when Nitya Uppal speaks out, you can almost feel the amount of confidence attached to each word. Nitya, the assistant editor of POPxo, claims to be a shy and awkward person. Instead of initiating a small-talk, just for the sake of it, she would rather go for a long and meaningful conversation. Her busy schedule oscillates between work, books, TV-shows, work-out and bit more of the same. A lot of who she is today comes from her workplace. POPxo, as she believes, has given her the freedom to shape her thoughts in whichever way she fancies and also the opportunity to offer other women the same kind of liberty through content. It is also the stress free and fun environment that keeps the enthusiasm ever growing. She is, in every sense, a strong-willed woman who never doubts herself. If she wants something, she claims it in her gut, and gets it.

"One thing that I was obsessed with as a teen, was FASHION MAGAZINES"

Nitya was born in Delhi. She spent all her school life in one school, with a closely knit circle of friends. Nitya had immense interest in Psychology and knew that one day she would want to study the subject in depth. Her career-counsellor though had something else planned for her. Nitya was a teenager who loved reading magazines, watched almost all the hep TV-shows, and was aware of most of the things happening globally. Clearly, she was made for media, an option she had never given a thought to. It made complete sense to her though. After school, she got a call from both, a reputed college from the Delhi University and Symbiosis Institute of Media and Communication, Pune. She was supposed to make a decision that would have chosen the course of her life. She believed in her gut, and went for what changed her life; Media and Journalism.

"If I am writing, thinking or making any content for women, it's going to be for Indian women."

After spending a few days in college, Nitya knew that she had made the best decision of her life. She loved going to college and attending her classes. The energy of her classmates and their eagerness to know more inspired her everyday. Though Nitya was not completely aware of what she wanted to do after college, she knew exactly what she didn't want to. After eliminating a few options, she worked as an intern for Cosmopolitan and later for Marie Claire India. This gave her further clarity on what she wanted to do. Fashion Journalism it was. Nitya, as excited as she was, got a job right after college. Nine months after the job she realised that there is a bigger market out there about which she needs to learn more. She applied and eventually got an admission in the London school of Fashion. There, she studied global fashion and the difference between diverse markets and how to cater them. By the end of her post graduation, Nitya had become a person with strong work ethics and a fondness for perfection. All she wanted after that was to exploit these virtues to the fullest, for the women who were the residents of her own roots. Thus, she came back to India.

"Women have to speak louder, they have to step in."

After taking a couple of months off, Nitya got a job at a tech start up as the head of content. She did not only produce quality content but also led a team of writers. It turned out to be one of the most exhausting, yet fruitful experiences of her life. But what came next made her discover the perfect place for her.

She was appointed as the assistant editor of POPxo, a women-oriented media platform. According to Nitya, it just felt right. Even the busiest days don’t exhaust her. It is something that comes naturally to her: talking about fashion, clothing and women in general. She heads a team of amazing young female writers. It is usually hard for a woman to be taken seriously in this patriarchy driven society. However, in her one year and eight months long journey at POPxo, never has Nitya ever felt less powerful that any man. Her team stands by her in all her decisions. They all believe in having each other’s back. It is a company for women, by women. Each day spent at the POPxo office strengthens her sense of liberation.

Conviction, thus, takes you places unexplored. Places within, and outside and Nitya Uppal is the living testimony of this statement.

Nitya is donning 'Dots Obsession' dress

Credits:
Nitya: @nityauppal
Photographs: @pritiza7

Posted By Nitin Mehrotra

Preeti Singh

Monday, July 16, 2018 5:21:52 PM Asia/Calcutta

DREAMER. BELIEVER. ACHIEVER.
PREETI SINGH
Miss Wheelchair India 2017- 1st Runners Up

2 MIN READ

The road not never taken.

Many people came up to Preeti, pointed at an image that they had built and said, "Preeti, this is what you should become. Don't worry, we will make sure you get there". Preeti curiously asked, "But why?", to which they answered, "Why? Because that's how it works". Preeti looked at the image once again and said, "Umm..I have probably come down the wrong road". And Preeti being her usual rebellious self turned her wheels to the opposite direction and NEVER LOOKED BACK.

"I hadn't seen the world beyond cantonment. For me people were either Army folks or civilians"

Preeti, like any other kid who is born with a disability in India, went to a special school. It didn't take her long to prove that she was, in fact, not like 'any other kid'. As soon as she reached the third standard, her parents were advised to admit her to a regular school. Being an Army officer's daughter, she spent most of her school life hopping from one city to another. As high school arrived she decided to study commerce. Preeti had made the best of all the opportunities that came her way till now. It was though, high time for her to ask herself, 'What next?'. The answer, against all odds, was SRCC. Her father, who was earlier apprehensive, later, saw no reason to stop her from doing something she was so confident about. Soon enough, Preeti got an admission in SRCC. That was the point where her life took a dramatic turn. And Preeti, being her usual fearless self, had nothing to say to it but 'BRING IT ON'.

"To me, I am the prettiest of all" *giggles*

Life was going great. Everything was going according to the plan. 'The plan' was to one day become a Chartered Accountant. Preeti qualified her CA exam in the first attempt. She got a job, a good one. Something was still missing. All those efforts only to yet feel incomplete in some way or the other? Was that it? Well yes, everything did go according to the plan, but OH WAIT! There were slight alterations here and there. Preeti had been following Miss. India Wheelchair for quite a long time. She had always been a person who loved to dress herself up. This also seemed to her like a chance to make people question their definition of 'Normal'. And Preeti, being her usual spontaneous self, decided to GO FOR IT.

"An incident is not enough to change your life. It is you and what comes from within that make all the difference"

Every part of the pageant journey turned out to be a new experience for Preeti. This opportunity gave her a chance to travel in a flight, see a new city and experience a lot of things for the first time. Preeti became the first runner up of Miss. India Wheelchair 2017. She knew that this achievement would mean nothing if she doesn't exploit it to the fullest to inspire other people like her. She had been writing for a long time. Preeti's was a story that deserved to be told and shared and she was aware of its importance and potential to inspire. From blogs to articles and questions to answers, she made sure that her voice was loud enough to be heard. Soon, one of her articles was published in Scroll, a reputed platform for liberal voices. And Preeti, being her usual candid self, wrote every word with HONESTY AND PRIDE.

Preeti's life has been a track full of hurdles. But she is a stubborn being. When life gave her lemons, she did not only make lemonade, but added every flavour she could think of and turned it into a mocktail of her choice. Undoubtedly, she made the right decisions by always choosing TO BE HERSELF.

Preeti is donning 'Grass and Butterflies' Shirt

Credits:
Preeti: @singhpreeti_17
Photographs: @pritiza7

Posted By Nitin Mehrotra
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