Everything You Need To Know About Anjali Lama, The Transgender Model Who Lit Up Lakmé Fashion Week

    One step closer to inclusivity of all faces of beauty.

    This is Anjali Lama, a 32-year-old Nepali transgender model who recently walked multiple ramps at the Lakmé Fashion Week.


    She got into fashion after doing a cover shoot assignment in Nepal for a magazine called The Voice of Woman. And this week she walked for designers Soumodeep Dutta, Nakita Singh, Jai Ramrakhiani, and Amit Aggarwal, among others.

    For the first time ever at Lakmé, a transgender model walked alongside others, in a regular model pool, and not as a separate showstopper.

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    Lama told BuzzFeed that it’s very difficult being a transgender individual. "Be it for a job or an accommodation, nothing comes easy to us. I got multiple rejections for just being a transgender woman," she added.

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    She also said that at the moment, even her family isn't supportive of her, but admitted that things are getting a little better.

    Lama was happy to find that her fellow ramp walkers were extremely supportive.


    "Fashion is conducive to inclusivity, I feel there is a very big impact on the fashion industry in a very positive way. Indians are by and large very helpful. People are changing and accepting our presence in the mainstream scene and this is a great change for our society," she told BuzzFeed.

    She said that beauty isn't an absolute concept. It takes many forms. She was happy to participate and represent a different kind of beauty at Lakmé Fashion Week.

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    "Fashion Week has been working on our inclusivity season after season, and participating in such a platform now, I owe the responsibility to take this message of inclusivity to the forefront."

    Lama told BuzzFeed that her early years of getting into modelling were very difficult, and she faced a lot of rejection for being a transgender woman.

    "It was during my college years when I decided to live the identity of my heart. My name was given to me by my community and I love this name. My first assignment was a photoshoot for the cover page of a magazine. This assignment was easy and exciting. The cover shoot was the threshold, but then I started my tough journey which resulted in multiple rejections. I was broke, but I never gave up. The most disturbing thing to hear was the reason of the rejection being that I was ‘transgender’. To the point, when my successive failures prompted my well-wishers to also suggest I leave this career path. I took this as a challenge to debunk this myth and lay my own future forward, solely of my choice, which has today, brought me to this prestigious runway of Lakmé Fashion Week."

    Apart from Fashion Week, Lama was also recently on the cover of Elle India.

    Andre Borges is a social news reporter for BuzzFeed and is based in Mumbai.

    Contact Andre Borges at andre.borges@buzzfeed.com.

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