Transgender advocate and actress Laxmi Narayan Tripathi graced the runway at India’s Lakme Fashion Week Runway Week 2016. Tripathi and four others stole the show by promoting the idea that inclusion matters using fashion as a medium.
“In its 16th edition, Lakme Fashion Week’s predominant theme – breaking stereotypes – stole the show with its unconventional showstoppers who broke barriers of age, size, gender, and more. For its newly launched online brand AJIO.com, Reliance Retails’ collection ‘Doubt is Out’ made a bold statement by splashing the runway in metaphoric rainbow colours.”
“Among many noted offbeat celebrity showstoppers were the evergreen Helen, who represented the theme ‘age no bar’; Sunny Leone who represented ‘choice no bar,’ and many more. But the most notable of them all was the scintillating appearance of transgender activist Laxmi Narayan Tripathi, who stood tall in an ethnic avatar and stole the show.”
“The collection comes with a social message of gender equality and sensitisation. It refers to the modification of behaviour by raising awareness of gender equality concerns,” Aggarwal said in a statement.
“In a male-dominated society such as India, females and LGBTs are facing their social and personal issues. I want to bring the gender equality message through my collection,” he added.
Chesi Anne Basil, a 16-year-old cancer patient, also walked the ramp for Varija Design Studio with the help of India Runway Week and Make-A-Wish-Foundation.