Never Have I Ever has had mixed reviews all over the internet, but no one is talking about a crucial choice for representation that the show made this season: their discussion of eating disorders. Dive into the analysis of this new form of representation for South Asian Americans with this whirlwind of a show.
Adding desi elements to everyday Western outfits initially started out as just a fun fusion of my cultural identities. However, as I started playing with combinations more frequently, I began to feel that this style changed how I thought about clothing on my body.
Posing information is usually tailored to smaller bodies, and when it is given for bigger bodies, it’s usually about hiding our weight. It has taken me a long time to find poses that actually feel flattering to my body and don’t have a huge learning curve. I hope everything I share in this piece can help people of all body types, and I’m especially rooting for all my bigger folks reading this.
Building an ethical wardrobe requires time, intention, and unlearning a lot of what we’ve been told to prioritize when shopping for clothes. I wanted to share the process that I’ve been using to make my wardrobe align with my values.
Whenever I shop in the plus-size section of a website, I never see plus-size Asians modeling the clothes. Let’s dissect the different stigmas and stereotypes that may be limiting Asian representation within this specific community of fat models.
Many young Desis struggle against the “log kya kahenge” mindset almost every day. But while this sentiment reigns among a lot of elderly Indians, regardless of gender, we seem to be most pressed by the imposition of these standards by the aunties. Let’s explore why we disproportionately blame older Indian women for their internalized biases and how we can move away from that.
I want to share my culture from a holistic view. So, I think it’s right to show you how I got to where I am, how my culture has formed me, and how I intend to engage with it here and on all my platforms.
I think it’s really important that everyone in this space understands the lens that I take on body positivity and fatness, as everything else that I write will be based in this framework.
As concerns about our growing impact on the environment have become part of mainstream discussions, there has been a growing dialogue about the impact of fast fashion on our planet. Explore how we can minimize our carbon footprint with our fashion choices and how we can incentivize companies to follow suit.