Anjali Lama
has been breaking norms in the fashion industry since her debut as the first transgender model to walk at the prestigious Lakme Fashion Week of 2017 and there’s been no looking back. After she walked for designers like Rajesh Pratap Singh, Gaurav Gupta and Raw Mango, she started appearing on the covers of Elle and L’Officiel; she has since been featured in Harper’s Bazaar, Vogue, Grazia and Femina, and is represented by the agency Feat.Artists. She also went on to win the GQ award for ‘Agent of Change 2018’.Today, Anjali is an inspiration for the transgender community and her mission to convince them to stop hiding their true identity from the world is breaking gender stereotypes. She is known for her confidence in her choice with fashion outfits. Esparsh Sarawagi found out what makes this bold avatar tick.

What is fashion to you?
It’s all about being who you are. Following trends and going for designer stuffs don’t always help.

Describe your personal style in three words.
Bold, confident and comfortable.

What is your go-to-style choice for formal and informal events?
There are no particular style items when it comes to me. I wear whatever makes
me stand out in a crowd, depending upon the event I am attending.

What would we find in excess in your wardrobe?
Modern outfits

One style item you would never wear?
Transparent lingerie (laughs). Anything else would be fine for me.

Three women with an exceptional sense of style.
Sonam Kapoor from Bollywood, Malvika Subba from our country and Sushmita Sen.

Top essentials that are a must in your cabinet.

  • Dress
  • Makeup
  • Skin-care items
  • Heels
  • Handbags

A favorite color that is prominent in your wardrobe.
Green and white.

How do you accessorize your look?
It’s always minimal no matter what I use as an accessory. I make sure it doesn’t feel like I’m trying to show-off or taking it too far.

Which are some of your favorite places to shop?
It totally depends on my choice. I personally don’t find anything unusual in picking up anything from footpaths. If I like that item, I will try my best to get that home.

Personality tips for young women aiming to be stylish.
As the saying goes, “Eat what you like, but wear what others want”. It’s better to listen to people when it comes to selecting what you want to wear. However, it doesn’t mean that you have to go out of your comfort zone. Don’t be brand conscious and find out what you can afford, based on your personality and body fit.