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This Shoot With Muscular Women Shows Them Crushing Stereotypes Bare-Handed

"Being strong is sexy."

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Elle India's beauty issue this May features muscular women who have sculpted their bodies and thrown every feminine stereotype out the window.

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Bani J, 28, actor

“I love the way I look, so it’s no good telling me to stop. Your body can achieve so much once you shut out the doubts and focus.”
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“I love the way I look, so it’s no good telling me to stop. Your body can achieve so much once you shut out the doubts and focus.”

Nilparna Sen, 23, gym trainer and manager

“I don’t think a regular person can feel as energetic as I do. I owe it to my body to be the best version of myself.”
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“I don’t think a regular person can feel as energetic as I do. I owe it to my body to be the best version of myself.”

Ayesha Billimoria, 29, track athlete and fitness trainer

“Fitness has become all about looking good and running marathons. But you need to be able to just stretch, jump and sprint to be fit."
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“Fitness has become all about looking good and running marathons. But you need to be able to just stretch, jump and sprint to be fit."

Natasha Noel, 23, yoga instructor

“I have my curves, breasts and hips, and I’m still a woman — just a very strong one."
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“I have my curves, breasts and hips, and I’m still a woman — just a very strong one."

Shweta Sakharkar, 25, bikini bodybuilder

“I’ve taught myself to build a mental block against the creepy Facebook messages and arm-wrestling challenges that come my way.”
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“I’ve taught myself to build a mental block against the creepy Facebook messages and arm-wrestling challenges that come my way.”

Navreet Josan, 30, make-up artist

“I’m very proud of my body. The way I look during a competition — my hair, my muscles — everything just feels glamorous."
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“I’m very proud of my body. The way I look during a competition — my hair, my muscles — everything just feels glamorous."

Rashi Chowdhary, 31, nutritionist

“My husband once told me that my shoulders look like a man’s, but when you train like this you learn to feel proud of yourself.”
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“My husband once told me that my shoulders look like a man’s, but when you train like this you learn to feel proud of yourself.”

Read more about them on Elle here.

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