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Lakme Fashion Week turned down Nepal transgender model Anjali Lama twice before this time

The first transgender model from the hinterland of Nepal shares her story and tells us how she used social media to break into the mainstream

Anannya Chatterjee 29 January 2017, 8:14 PM
Transgender model from Nepal, Anjali Lama is all set to make her debut at the upcoming LFW

Transgender model from Nepal, Anjali Lama is all set to make her debut at the upcoming LFW Image: Facebook

Catwalking has been no cakewalk for Anjali Lama, a transgender model from the hinterland of Nepal, who will make her debut at the Lakme Fashion Week Summer/Resort 2017. Speaking with T2 Online, Anjali, who inspired the documentary called Anjali – Living Inside Someone Else’s Skin, said, “Lakmé Fashion Week (LFW) is not a cakewalk. This has come to me after two strong denials.”

Anjali, with her sense of drama and glam, has already turned heads with a jaw-dropping entry at the opening show this season walking for designer Monisha Jaising in an embellished gown.

Monisha Jaising
Anjali Lama at the opening show of LFW Summer/Resort 2017

Born in Nuwakot as Nabin Wabia, Anjali fought against her family and changed her gender to become a woman once she moved to Kathmandu for her higher studies. "It was during my college years when I decided to live the identity of my heart,” says Anjali. Social media came to her rescue, “Living in the hinterland of Nepal, I found social media as my savior and my only mode of network to the big happenings in the outside boundary. I got the first newsbreak of LFW Model Auditions from LFW Instagram handle, then I mailed for confirming my eligibility criteria. After confirmation, I started my research on models’ dynamics and gestures to participate in this illustrious journey," she says.

The documentary is based on the pressures she faced as a transsexual while growing up, "This story perfectly draws my journey of transformation from Nabin to Anjali. My growing years in Nuwakot had been the period of self-contemplation coupled with self-doubt under the immense pressure of societal sexual standards.” It also depicts how she spread the word about the struggles of the third gender, “The most shocking part was the urban experience which was exactly similar even with broader understanding and is a vivid description of our struggle and reflects strongly on cultural apprehension on our mainstream acceptance."

The documentary premiered on September 2014. This LFW Anjali hopes to make a statement on the ramp, "I hope my participation paves the way for more gender inclusivity and greater acceptance for beauty in all its forms."

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