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13 Women Take the Slogan Trend to the Next Level—With a Wash of Colour On the Lids...

...and powerful words scribbled on it!

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    AISHWARYA NAIR MATHEW, HOTELIER, THE LEELA GROUP OF HOTELS

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    RAJA KUMARI, RAPPER AND SONGWRITER

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    NISHKA LULLA, DESIGNER

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    TOSHADA UMA, MODEL

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    LIRMINTA RONGPIPI, STYLIST

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    SHREYASI GOPINATH, DANCER

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    DEEPIKA DEEPTI, BUSINESS HEAD, ADIDAS ORIGINALS AND ADIDAS NEO

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    KHUP S HANGSING, ARTIST AND FASHION DESIGN STUDENT

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    SHREYA SONI, FOUNDER, DELHI SECRET SUPPER CLUB

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    VASUDHA RAI, COLUMNIST AND BLOGGER

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    MEERA SAKHRANI, MAKE-UP ARTIST

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    SHREYA JOSH, ARTIST

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    SHIKHA AHLUWALIA, CO-FOUNDER, STALKBUYLOVE.COM

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  • “I feel, as a multi-hyphenate, it’s very hard to meet all expectations. Even of oneself. So ‘perfectly imperfect’ is the best way to describe myself, to the world. I always strive to be the best at what I take on, but in an industry steeped in rules, it’s hard not to step over boundaries. Hospitality always maintains a certain decorum, and being a rebel in that field really defines my ‘perfect imperfection’. I’ve always been a little avante-garde, so fitting into societal moulds has never been my cup of tea. Perfectly imperfect is about setting your own standards; being a leader, not a follower. It’s about not limiting yourself, and reaching for the stars. How does it get any better than this?” Blazer dress, Rajesh Pratap Singh; earrings, Valliyan by Nitya Arora

  • “I feel that in a world where everyone is trying to be something they’re not, we should stick close to our roots and who we truly are. Growing up in the diaspora, my culture became my identity. Seeing other people wear the Indian culture as a ‘costume’ or ‘gimmick’ pushed me to raise my voice for the underrepresented South Asian women. It awakened me to educate others about our culture with authenticity and passion. And I always put my culture first through my music, style, and art.” Hoodie, Huemn; necklace, Swarovski; headband, Deepa Gurnani

  • “‘Girl power’ is one slogan that celebrates women empowerment and confidence. Women make up for more than 50 percent of the world’s population and we’re a force to be reckoned with. I’ve grown up watching The Powerpuff Girls, and while it might just be a cartoon, it teaches one so much about what girls can achieve. All through my life, I’ve had some exceptional female figures—including my mum—who have inspired me to go after my dreams. And that’s why these words drive me more than anything else in the world.” Gown, Gauri & Nainika

  • “‘Fight back’ is what I constantly tell myself, and I want it to be etched into everyone’s conscience. Nobody will fight for you, you must fight for your own causes. Our opinions are important, valid and must be voiced; they absolutely cannot be shushed in times of trouble. If you think you’re oppressed by causes that are societal or communal, rage against the system and support shall follow if it has to... Nevertheless, make your place and stand your ground. Not only must you fight the problems around you, you must also fight the vices within you. Do not give into the negativity in your mind and never let yourself think that you’re weak either. Fight your thoughts if they ever tell you your battles are not worth fighting for. And I want this to be an echo in the back of our minds, so that we remember to fight back—especially when times get rough." Bodysuit, H&M; earring, Outhouse

  • “I used to be that person who constantly cared about what others thought of me. And that’s why I was always afraid to think of myself, and do what I wanted to do. You know how people are, they label you as selfish if you even think of putting your own needs before others’. But I soon realised that by doing that, I was doing a disservice to myself. That’s why my life’s motto is self love—I have vowed to do what’s best for me, and help myself, before I do the same for others. I believe that by putting myself first, I can empower myself. However, that doesn’t mean that I’m an *sshole, who simply doesn’t care for other people...I just don’t want to lose myself in the process.” Dress, Forever 21; jacket, Zara; choker, Olivia Dar; earrings, her own

  • “There is nothing in this world I feel more passionately about than dancing. In fact, I started dancing nearly as soon as I learnt how to walk—and that just makes it an extension of myself. To me, it’s as important as breathing. It defines me and my individuality. And over the years, my fascination for dance—any form—has only grown...grown to an extent that it envelopes me, encompasses me, and gives me wings for self expression.” Jacket, Nought One by Abhishek Paatni; earrings and rings, both Accessorize

  • “Passion and compassion are the two ingredients that are essential to a fulfilling life. To succeed, you have to believe in something with such passion, that it becomes a reality. It is what drives excellence and brings in perseverance, the ingredients you need to go that extra mile for exceptional results. Compassion, on the other hand, gives me a greater purpose to life. I believe in being compassionate towards all beings, especially animals. Just because they can’t speak doesn’t make them less deserving of food, a home, and a good life.” Top, Adidas Originals; earrings, Nimai

  • Being someone with a feminine energy, it’s a given that you’ll be mocked for whatever you strive to do. But I’m a hustler. I don’t come from a privileged background and I’ve always had to stay strong to make things happen for me. Chasing my dreams is the only thing that keeps me going. Of course, there are days when I’m like, ‘F*ck it’, but then I find the drive to start again, because I know it’s worth it. It’s my coping mechanism to fight the odds and find my place in the world!” Sports bra, Hunkemöller; dress, Forever 21; earrings, Olivia Dar

  • “It’s 2018, yet we live in trying times that are laced with divisive and negative vibes and policies. Love is love...irrespective from which quarter, being, or border it comes from. And there couldn’t be a more pivotal and relevant time to embrace the philosophy of diverse and inclusive love. I’m a strong advocate of ‘inclusive love’, personally and professionally. From an early age, I was sensitised to the LGBTQIA community and some of my closest pals are gay. I’m also an animal activist, and have a special fondness for Indies—you can call me their unofficial PR representative. But this isn’t just a topical issue for me, it’s a way of living... And probably the only way we can heal as a broken and fragmented community.” Hoodie, Forever 21; trench coat, Michael Kors; earrings, Swarovski

  • “My life’s motto is peace and love because these are the only two things that matter. You can have everything, but if you don’t have peace of mind or if you don’t know how to love, you will never be happy. Whatever I do, I do it from a place of love. Be it yoga (which I’m passionate about), my writing, or even the food I cook...everything is made with love. It’s the one element that makes everything successful. However, to be able to do everything from a place of love, you need to be at peace with yourself—that’s why they go hand in hand. It’s not that I don’t get agitated, but these words remind me to let go of grudges quickly, because the longer one holds on to negativity, the more it destroys them.” Top, Zara; choker, Swarovski

  • “As we grow older, we’re expected to behave in a certain way...give in to societal pressures and behavioural conduct. And because of that, we lose our true selves, turning into clones of each other. I decided very early in life that I won’t be that person. Which is why ‘stay wild’ are the words I live by— it sums up my life’s motto perfectly.” Jacket, Nought One by Abhishek Paatni; earrings, Ayesha Accessories

  • “I’m a very shy person, and all my life, people have been coaxing me to be more vocal and talkative. They think that being this soft, quiet person, you won’t be able to stand up for yourself. But you could be part of a rebellion, and still be a tender person. That’s very important to me; to always be empathetic and compassionate. Even if you want to put your point across to someone, you could do it in a gentle manner. That’s the reason my life’s goal is to stay soft and tender—it’s just my personality, you know. And I wouldn’t want to change that just because people think I should be a certain way.” Bodysuit, Calvin Klein Undewear; earrings, Accessorize

  • “The Latin phrase, ‘Per aspera ad astra’, which means ‘through the rough, to the stars’, is something that I live by. But I also have a go-to motto whenever I am in the zone, which is: make sh*t happen! And that’s why I chose the words ‘no ceiling’—because once I set my mind to something, nothing can stop me. And even if there were any, I would blow it up (metaphorically, of course!). Since I’ve grown up watching strong women, I’m constantly inspired by their drive to break the mould and achieve absolutely anything they want. And these values go into my design work at stalkbuylove.com as well.” Top, stalkbuylove.com; choker, Accessorize; necklace, Forever 21 Styled by: Zunaili Malik and Samar Rajput;