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    20 Women Who Could've Been On Vogue's Women Of The Year Cover Instead Of SRK Or KJo

    Hey, Vogue India, you might want to schedule some more cover shoots.

    Vogue India celebrated The Women of the Year by releasing two special October covers featuring Twinkle Khanna, Anushka Sharma, Sonam Kapoor, Mithali Raj and Nita Ambani. Oh, also Karan Johar and SRK were on the covers as an "and the men we love" addendum.

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    Having two men featured on magazine covers meant to celebrate successful women seemed pretty unnecessary, the spotlight could have shone on the women alone and naturally people pointed out the same.


    I'd like to offer my help to Vogue India and present a list of women who've been killing it consistently for them to consider for their other "Women of the Year" covers:

    1. Faye D'Souza, Executive Editor at Mirror Now

    Twitter: @fayedsouza

    The primetime anchor on Mirror Now is changing the face of news debates with her pointed, difficult questions. She can shut down a regressive cleric, take on the BMC, question the absence of women on the GST council and more; all without losing her cool.

    2. Anshu Jamsenpa, Mountaineer

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    She's scaled Mount Everest four times and she set a world record for scaling the highest peak twice in five days back in May. She is also a mother of two.

    3. Karuna Nundy, Lawyer

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    In the male-dominated profession of law, Nundy stands out as a celebrated media, constitutional and women's rights lawyer who was recently in the news for representing survivors of the Bhopal Gas tragedy, fighting for free speech online, helping draft an anti-rape bill and for vocalising her concerns on marital rape. She's a role model for all of us.

    4. Mann Kaur, Track-and-field athlete

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    101-year-old Chandigarh resident Man Kaur won the 100m race at the World Masters Games in Auckland in April. She ended a mere 64.42 seconds off Usain Bolt’s 100m world record set in 2009. Did I mention that she's a 101 years old?

    5. Kalavathy Shridharan, Entrepreneur

    A successful Dalit industrialist in Tamil Nadu, Shridharan has over 100 people working for her company, Shree Apparels. Shridharan is battling caste and gender-based discrimination by employing a 100% Dalit staff (and a majority of them being women) at her second manufacturing unit.

    6. Shruti Singh, Physiotherapist

    23-year-old deaf and visually-impaired Singh is a physiotherapist working tirelessly for the betterment of differently-abled kids.

    7. Precilla Veiga, PhD scholar


    The 44 year-old mother was recently lauded at the University of Toronto's Massey College for completing her PhD despite being diagnosed with terminal cancer in 2015. Her work is dedicated to saving lives of trauma patients.

    8. Ratna Pathak Shah, Actress

    Prakash Jha Productions

    The veteran starred in possibly the most important movie (Lipstick Under My Burkha) about female empowerment and their sexual agency, shining a much-needed light on the dreams and desires of elderly Indian women. Obviously, her portrayal was stunning.

    9. Aranya Johar, Poet

    Aranya Johar

    The 18-year-old poet from Mumbai performed her poem "A Brown Girl's Guide to Gender" about sexual harassment, misogyny and sexism women face at the hands of patriarchy every day. Her piece has resonated with everyone who has encountered it.

    10. Konkona Sensharma, Director and actress

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    She won several accolades for directing the masterpiece that is Death In The Gunj and she also starred in Lipstick Under My Burkha. She's basically killed it this entire year.

    11. P. V. Sindhu, Badminton player

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    She's a star. She was the first Indian to win a silver at Rio Olympics, she went on to clinch a silver at the Glasgow World Championship and won the 2016 China Open Super Series Premier. This year, the sports ministry has recommended her name for a Padma Bhushan.

    12. Aditi Mittal, Comedian


    This year Mittal became the first Indian female standup comedian to have her own Netflix special, tackling the problem of lack of women in the comedy scene. Her comedy special is expected to open doors for more female comedians to follow suit.

    13. Sushma Swaraj, Politician

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    The external affairs minister is all about using social media to help out the common folk of India with her fast grievance redressal actions. Any distressed Indian can tweet to Swaraj from any part of the world and more often than not, she swoops in to rescue.

    14. Manaswi Mohata, Writer

    Manasvi Mohata / Via Facebook

    She's a writer for All India Bakchod, who led their Creators of Change project this year. This year she co-wrote the scripts for "A Woman's Besties" and the Kangana Ranaut-starrer "Bollywood Diva" song and she's on her way to shutting down sexism with a lot more content on AIB.

    15. Kareena Kapoor Khan, Actress

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    Up until a few years ago getting married and having a flourishing career in Bollywood was unthinkable for a lot of actresses. Khan turned that notion on its head after managing to have a thriving career post-marriage and her pregnancy this year. She's still one of the most sought-after actresses with a variety of endorsements and movie roles under her belt.

    16. Purvi Gupta, Researcher

    The Better India

    Gupta is about to set out on an expedition to Antarctica in February 2018. She is the only Indian among the 80-women strong crew. An IIT Madras alumnus, Gupta is working towards creating global awareness regarding the lack of women in leadership positions.

    17. Supriya Joshi, Comedian

    Supriya Joshi / Via Facebook

    From shutting down sexism to calling out body-shamers, the former Vine star's (okay she may not have been a star but she was hilarious at it) writing is relatable and game-changing.

    18. Alankrita Shrivastava, Director

    Arijay Prasad

    She's the filmmaker who can change the face of mainstream Bollywood with her female-centric stories, one of them being Lipstick Under My Burkha this year.

    19. Mallika Dua, Comedian

    Mallika Dua

    She's got the millennials hooked to her hilarious Snapchats and Instagrams and is a favourite of a milieu of youth-centric brands and endorsements. Apart from that, Dua is working as an actor and slaying at pretty much everything she's doing.

    20. Suchita Salwan, Entrepreneur

    The 26-year-old founder and CEO of the Little Black Book, the website and app offering local recommendations for food, lifestyle and cultural events across Delhi, Mumbai and Bengaluru, Salwan's company is helping customers seek new experiences and rediscovering their cities.