"Badass Indian Pinups” is a series of paintings by Indo-Canadian artist Nimisha Bhanot. And it’s FUCKIN BADASS AS HELL.
The series features paintings of Indian women being confident and sexually liberated.
Bhanot had the idea in 2012, when she was in art school and she heard about the gang rape and murder of Jyoti Singh.
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.
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".
"Tire Change Rani".
And "Ghar Kab Aa Rahe Ho".
Nimisha’s collection of pinups includes a series called “Badass Bahus,” which confronts expectations from Indian women as housewives.
This one is called "Money, Kitty Parties & Clothes Is All A Bahu Knows".
Oh nothing, just "Sweeping Patriarchy Under The Rug". NBD.
"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.