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    Updated on 28 Jan 2019. Posted on 29 Mar 2016

    This Pinup Series Portrays Indian Women (Accurately) As Sexually Liberated Badasses

    *Buys all the paintings*

    "Badass Indian Pinups” is a series of paintings by Indo-Canadian artist Nimisha Bhanot. And it’s FUCKIN BADASS AS HELL.

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    This painting is called "I Love My India/Watan Mera India".

    The series features paintings of Indian women being confident and sexually liberated.

    Banga Studios / Via nimishabhanot.com

    This is called "Beauty Of The Orient At Your Elbow".

    Bhanot had the idea in 2012, when she was in art school and she heard about the gang rape and murder of Jyoti Singh.

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    "I was very angered that there were people out there blaming her for getting raped because she was out at night. Mohan Bhagwat's comment about 'Bharat' becoming 'India' due to Western influence and being the cause for a rise in gang rapes sincerely pissed me off," Nimisha told BuzzFeed.

    This painting is called "Karvachauth".

    The women in her paintings have a strong gaze. "Looking back and talking back are considered very unlady-like and heavily discouraged in our community," she says.

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    This painting is called "Nagini".

    Not only are Nimisha's paintings wonderfully detailed and powerful but even their titles are ON POINT, like this one called "Not Your Mom's Bahu".

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    "Tire Change Rani".

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    And "Ghar Kab Aa Rahe Ho".

    Banga Studios / Via nimishabhanot.com

    Nimisha’s collection of pinups includes a series called “Badass Bahus,” which confronts expectations from Indian women as housewives.

    Banga Studios / Via nimishabhanot.com

    This painting is called "Ironing Out Wrinkles In Your Perception".

    This one is called "Money, Kitty Parties & Clothes Is All A Bahu Knows".

    Banga Studios / Via nimishabhanot.com

    Oh nothing, just "Sweeping Patriarchy Under The Rug". NBD.

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    "Nothing satisfies or inspires me more than hearing "..this is what the REAL India is like" or when people comment on my Instagram pictures and tag their friends saying "..this is SO US!!"" Bhanot says.

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    This painting is called "Serving Looks, Not Nashtha".

    You can follow Bhanot's badass work on her website and her Instagram.

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