Bollywood actresses have had enough of sexist attitudes and are taking a stand for themselves and other women through these powerful magazine shoots.
With International Women’s Day, March 8, right around the corner, Indian fashion publications are making a conscious effort to feature strong, independent Bollywood actresses on the issue of their March covers’ projecting powerful messages.
Vogue India featuring Anushka Sharma
Anushka Sharma is a vocal feminist. She has said it time and again in her interviews.
Featured on the cover of Vogue’s March issue, the actress is seen wearing a Dior tee which reads: ‘We should all be feminists.’ Given her stand on feminism, the actress’ pro-women asks people to exercise equality across the board..
“Feminists are people who are fighting for equal rights for women, because we are at a disadvantageous position. And in that sense, I identify with being a feminist, because I am a liberal and free-thinking person,” she had told Hindustan Times earlier this year.
But that’s not all, the shirt’s been designed by Dior’s first ever female creative director, Maria Grazia Chiuri who was inspired by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s book, We should all be feminists — she’s a feminist writer if you hadn’t figure that out by now.
The shirt was also worn by Hollywood stars Rihanna and Natalie Portmanin January this year, as well as Chiara Ferragni, an Italian businesswoman and fashion influencer, who was spotted wearing the same outfit as the Bollywood star.
Femina India featuring Sonam Kapoor
Another fierce, independent soul in Bollywood who isn’t afraid to speak her mind, Sonam Kapoor embraces feminism wholeheartedly on the cover of Femina India.
Wearing a dress of varying lengths which reads, “Easy, item, bhenji” Sonam quickly opposes the biases with text that reads: The length of my skirt does not define me. It shows your mindset.
Her shoot for the mag calls out misogyny in light of the mass molestation that took place in Bangalore on New Year’s eve after an Indian minister said “these kind of things do happen” due to young women “copying the Westerners, not only in their mindset, but even in their dressing.”
“I’m a feminist and I’m not embarrassed to say it at all,” the actress had said last year, throwing shade at Bollywood actresses who said they weren’t feminists.
Elle India featuring Kangana Ranaut
She’s bold, she’s strong and she’s a powerhouse to be reckoned with.
In Elle India’s latest issue, Kangana Ranaut speaks of fighting her way to the top in an industry swarming with nepotism and film frats. The Bollywood actress struggled for years till she finally got her break and and after having made a name for herself she isn’t intimidated by anyone – Koffee with Karanis proof.
Of late, Kangana has been embroiled in one controversy after another, but after holding her own post the ugly cold war with Hrithik Roshan, Kangana has proven that she will not be bogged down or slut shamed, regardless of what comes her way.
Elle India featuring Sonakshi Sinha
In fact, she recognises as a feminist and told Cosmopolitan India, “I’m all for equality. Women are doing great work in every field, and there’s a dire need to fill the gender pay gap now. But I don’t believe in male-bashing in the name of feminism, or even playing up the feminist card to one’s convenience.”
It’s no wonder that she has been featured in this month’s Elle mag. The project collaborated with veteran Indian designers Tarun Tahiliani, Abraham & Thakore, Namrata Joshipura, Gaurav Gupta and Arjun Saluja and asked them to come up with their versions of Dior’s now-iconic slogan T-shirts from S/S ’17.
“While Tahiliani batted for gender equality, Joshipura focused on body positivity. Khandwala and Abraham & Thakore used their slogan tees to celebrate the power of the female, while Arjun Saluja drove home a simple message — women’s rights are human rights — with one impactful phrase.”