This Fashion Photo Shoot Of Women With Down Syndrome Stunningly Defies Beauty Norms

“There is a need to explore the versatile interpretations of beauty and be more accepting to all kinds of people despite their disabilities.”

1. Sanjyot Telang, a Paris-based photographer, recently worked with Mumbai NGO Kimkan on a fashion photoshoot featuring young women living with Down syndrome.

Sanjyot Telang
Sanjyot Telang

3. The project, titled “Fashion Misfits” captures these women in various outfits to defying conventional beauty standards.

Sanjyot Telang
Sanjyot Telang

5. “I feel [people with special needs] have been an ignored part of our society for the longest time,” Telang told BuzzFeed.

Sanjyot Telang
Sanjyot Telang

7. “There is a need to explore the versatile interpretations of beauty and be more accepting to all kinds of people,” she added.

Sanjyot Telang
Sanjyot Telang

9. “With the help of this project, I’d like to create a space in the fashion and advertising industry, ultimately to open channels catering to [people with special needs] as well, so that they can find a way to fashionably express themselves and become role models to our society too.”

Sanjyot Telang
Sanjyot Telang
Sanjyot Telang

12. “Contrary to the belief, it was absolutely easy working with these girls since they were as natural and nonchalant as professional models in front of the camera,” Telang said.

Sanjyot Telang

13. Watch the video of the shoot here:

Video available at: https://vimeo.com/197026736.

14. If anyone wishes to contact Kimkan, email Yojana Wavikar at yomakimu@yahoo.co.in

Fashion Styling by Debangini Nath
Hair & make up by Romi Thokchom Nilakumaroma

Models Vilu, Kimaya, Namrata, Prarthana, Shefali, Rimsha

Assistants Talib Chitalwala ,Natasha Nair, Sachin Salunkhe

NGO co-ordinator Yojana Wavikar @Kimkan

Production Support Azhar Sayed @Aditi Productions
Raman Lamba Urban Buddha @Twism Design Productions

Location courtesy
Rafique Sayed studios@Byculla, Mumbai

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