This Woman Imagined Desi Women As Hollywood Romcom Leads And We Need To Make This Happen
Take my money and make this happen.
This is 27-year-old illustrator Shebani Rao who recently did a series of illustrations to prove desi women need to be better represented in Hollywood.
"In the last few years — and especially in recent months — we've started to see a lot more South Asians in pop culture. But by always presenting straight, white women as brown mens' love interests, shows like Master of None and films like The Big Sick tend to exclude brown women or present them as burdensome, caricatured, and unattractive options. So, I imagined what it would have been like if the romcoms I grew up with featured anyone who looked like me, and the idea for the illustrations was born," Rao told BuzzFeed.
Here are some of the actresses she reimagined as desi women:
The Wedding Singer with Drew Barrymore
You've Got Mail with Meg Ryan
Marley and Me with Jennifer Aniston
(500) Days Of Summer with Zooey Deschanel
10 Things I Hate About You with Julia Stiles
Follow Rao's work on Instagram.