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Breast Cancer Survivors Turn Showstoppers for Indian Designer Premal Badiani at New York Fashion Week

Her collection titled Valentia encouraged women especially the breast cancer fighters and survivors to embrace their womanhood with boldness

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New York, Sep 10, 2017: Breast cancer survivors Marry Ann DAchille and Ozlem turned showstoppers for Premal Badiani during her show at the New York Fashion Week (NYFW). The Indian designer paid tribute to real life fighters and survivors through her collection.

Her collection titled Valentia that means brave in Latin, was feminine and sexy, encouraging women especially the breast cancer fighters and survivors to embrace their womanhood with boldness, confidence and a touch of sensuality.

“I wanted to force people to re imagine the disease that is supposed to make a woman feel unattractive and lose her womanhood. My aim with this collection was to showcase the breast cancer fighters and survivors as any other woman – strong, sexy and sensuous while they took each step on the runway,” the designer said in a statement

The unconventional hand embroidery on each silhouette gave the collection a slightly mythical look that further enhanced the femininity. The colour palette with the hues of pink mixed with grey and green was carefully chosen to highlight breast cancer awareness, staying true to the brand’s philosophy of being one truly with heart and soul.

Badiani complemented her collection with exclusively designed, beautiful hand crafted floral and elk horn headpieces that symbolised strength, the fighter spirit yet being feminine and gorgeous.

Cancer survivor, Marry Ann D’Achille commented on walking the ramp, “My biggest excitement is serving the American Cancer Society and serving the designer and being introduced to her beautiful designs. I love the influence of her ideas.”

Also Read: India can bring down cost for Breast Cancer Detection, says US Scientist

Cancer fighter and survivor, Ozlem added, “Having the opportunity to walk the runway for Premal Badiani is an honour for me. It’s a reflection of the support that I’ve received and as a result of that the courage and strength it has provided me to be able to now be a breast cancer survivor.”

This is not the first time she is showcasing at NYFW. In the last season she made a collection where the primary fabric used was made from natural Cellulose fibres and produced from wood pulp, a natural renewable resource.

The label supported the American Cancer Society where VIP tickets and outfits were auctioned to raise funds for the charity. The designer tied up with brand Belsi as their jewellery partner.

“We decided to come onboard with Premal Badiani as we strongly believe in the cause and have always been a huge fan and supporter of everything that Premal does in and outside of fashion. We have always been a proponent of cancer awareness and we are happy to associate with a cause on this scale,” Belsi’s founder, Riddhi Fazal said. (IANS)

 

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Bollywood joins hands against breast cancer, urges people to pay attention

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Bollywood joins hands against breast cancer, urges people to pay attention

New Delhi, Oct 5 : Some of the Bollywood celebrities including Aditi Rao Hydari, Arjun Kapoor, Ali Fazal came together to organically lend their support to an initiative titled #PayAttention, that urges women to take up breast self-examination.

Avon, the women’s beauty brand bringing new dimensions to beauty, launched #PayAttention on September 7 and now many Bollywood celebrities are urging people to pay attention.

Aditi Rao Hydari, Brand Ambassador, Avon India: I have always believed in the brand ethos of “Beauty with a Purpose” and for me beauty always has a purpose in terms of saving lives and making a difference. With this initiative, we urge women and men to spend a few minutes to #PayAttention to themselves through a breast self-examination.

“With knowledge, we can win the battle against Breast Cancer. Few minutes every month can help you detect early symptoms and early detection is early cure.”

Arjun Kapoor: It is a fantastic initiative and I will like to help in any way possible.”

Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari, director of “Bariely ki Barfi”: In the past two years, two of my friends were diagnosed with breast cancer. With their strong willpower, they overcome this disease and their life has completely changed after the diagnosis. I believe it can happen to anyone, even young women.”

Kriti Sanon: It is absolutely true that breast cancer can happen at a young age too. I am glad Avon India has initiated this drive for awareness

Kiara Advani: Awareness is the Key! Let’s spread the word ladies. A breast self-exam can save your life!”

Mini Mathur: Don’t wait to discover breast cancer when you’re ‘old’. Girls be aware it can strike you in teenage as well. Please resist it with checkups.

The campaign has unified more than 100 million people to give voice to a larger purpose – save million lives through early detection using a breast self-examination.(IANS)

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Exclusive: India’s First Trans Queen Winner Nitasha Biswas Has a Message for the World

Nitasha Biswas will be contesting Miss Trans Queen International pageant in Thailand next year

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Gurugram, September 07, 2017:  Beauty is not entitled to a particular gender; rather it is beyond the realms of sexuality. This year on Sept 03, India crowned its first ‘Miss Trans Queen 2017’-  Nitasha Biswas at a beauty pageant held in Gurugram (Gurgaon).

Reporter Naina Mishra of Newsgram brings you an exclusive interview with Nitasha Biswas where she speaks her heart out about the unfortunate fate of transgenders in the society. 

Miss Trans Queen 2017 India – Nitasha Biswas

The 26-year-old transwoman hails from Kolkata. From a tender age, Nitasha was aware of the gender dysphoria. She wanted to change her sexuality but at the same time pursue her basic education. Soon after completing her graduation, she flew to Delhi in the pursuit of her dreams.

Speaking to Newsgram, Nitasha says, “the journey started in childhood only when I was in school. I was firm that I would have to pave the way for this journey. My family was strict and had many restrictions back then, but I always knew that I have to complete my education.”

She lost her mother at the young age. Not succumbing to the circumstances, Nitasha self-nurtured herself to become what she is today.

Also Read: Nitasha Biswas: India Crowns its First Transqueen from Kolkata 

“My brother was the first person to acknowledge the changes and appreciated my will throughout the journey. I remember telling my father that if there is a will, there is a way to whatever you do.”

Questioning about the perception of society, Nitasha says: Transgenders have existed since the beginning of time. There can be different kinds of people – Tall, short, dark. But why not Transgender? You simply cannot stereotype based on the identity one carries. Everyone is born with a certain decorum in this world. The power doesn’t reside with us.

Before becoming a trans model, Nitasha has worked for Jabong as a stylist and was part of many other ventures.

Miss Trans Queen 2017 India – Nitasha Biswas

Dark sides are always going to exist, but it is equally important to shape your thoughts towards a positive direction and for Nitasha, it was celebrating womanhood.

She feels, “the coin has both sides, and the dark side is there but talking about the bright side holds value to me more. Everyone has a dark phase into their lives before they hail into a successful person.”

Transwomen are emerging out stronger than ever before. On the same lines, Nitasha questioned that why can’t transwomen be the Member of Parliament or the CEO of a Multi National Company. It is like limiting a person for where you come from and what you are.

Defining womanhood Nitasha says;

A woman is someone who is beautiful inside out. The calmness, serenity, strength, and audacity of embracing every role with perfection are something that defines a woman. 

Emphasizing the emotional sides of women, Nitasha said, I am a compassionate person, and I believe that for a woman, it is emotions which mould one into a beautiful lady.

While addressing the young women, Miss Trans Queen said:  

We all are on page 1 and no one is less. It’s time that we come forward to embrace our true selves and act for the betterment of tomorrow. 

After winning the title Nitasha’s life has changed. She says, “the crown is heavy but the heaviness of the crown comes to me as the responsibility. It’s the responsibility for the entire community to rise and shine. I am here to empower my community that we not less than anyone.”

To be a survivor is the best part of the whole journey. When I won the title, she said, I realized that the pain was worth going through. The prize overshadowed the sufferings of the past.

Nitasha aspires to be a Bollywood star in the near future. She will be contesting Miss Trans Queen International pageant in Thailand next year.

 


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New York Fashion Week is all set to commence with the Spring collection on September 7, 2017

High-profile fashion houses Calvin Klein and Tom Ford are kicking off the New York Fashion Week

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Models present creations during the Monse and Oscar de la Renta Autumn/Winter 2017 collection during New York Fashion Week
Models present creations during the Monse and Oscar de la Renta Autumn/Winter 2017 collection during New York Fashion Week. VOA
  • Some flagship brands such as Tommy Hilfiger, Thom Browne, Proenza Schouler, and Altuzarra have opted to move their shows overseas
  • The six-day schedule of New York Fashion Week has been streamlined to give buyers and editors more time to fly out to London Fashion Week

New York Fashion Week, the first in a series of global style weeks during September, is gearing up with designers ready to present their visions for Spring 2018.

This season, more than 100 designers will showcase their latest creations at New York Fashion Week in venues across New York on 7th September 2017, although some flagship brands such as Tommy Hilfiger, Thom Browne, Proenza Schouler, and Altuzarra have opted to move their shows overseas.

The six-day schedule of New York Fashion Week which previously ran for a full week has been streamlined to give buyers and editors more time to fly out to London Fashion Week, which follows directly after New York’s.

“When you look at fashion weeks globally – starting in New York, then London, then Milan, then Paris – it’s basically a month. You have editors and buyers traveling to all those fashion weeks,” said Steven Kolb, president of the Council of Fashion Designers of America, Inc. (CFDA), describing the “sheer exhaustion” of such a jam-packed schedule.

At New York Fashion Week (NYFW), high-profile fashion houses Calvin Klein and Tom Ford are kicking off the New York shows to “put it on the same playing field” as its European counterparts, Kolb said.

In keeping with the political messaging that often underlies with the New York Fashion Week, many fashionistas on and off the runway are expected to wear blue ribbons, created in collaboration with the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU).

“The ACLU is an important group that really stands up for people’s rights – the right for people to live their lives as they choose,” Kolb said.

Celebrities have been sporting the ribbon on red carpets already this year, but for fashion week, the ribbon is branded with the NYFW initials.

Last season the CFDA paired up with the Planned Parenthood health group to create pink pins that ended up on the garments of models on the runway, designers such as Marchesa’s Georgina Chapman and Keren Craig and Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour. (VOA)