We often hear “What’s in a name?” but how many times do we hear “What’s in a shape?” Well, the very stunning plus size model, Varshita Thatavarthi is here with us to shed some light upon how she broke these shape and weight barriers with sheer grace and confidence. According to her, every size is beautiful and you ought to accept yourself first before society accepts you.
So, drop all the inhibitions and embrace yourself for what you are just like Varshita Thatavarthi who became ace designer, Sabyasachi Mukherjee’s first plus-size muse. Not just this, you can take some cues as Varshita is up with some travel style tips that will make you look like a million dollars on your holiday without worrying about your shape and size. Check out her exclusive interview to know more!
The gorgeous South-Indian beauty not just made people go gaga over her unconventional and ethereal looks but also broke stereotypes that stopped big girls from being models in India. We have already said goodbye to the days when plus-sized models were looked down upon until Varshita proved her mettle. In an exclusive chat with her, we asked the stunner to give some travel fashion tips for all the plus size women out there who often avoid wearing certain clothes thinking about mockery or self loathing.
“One of the most important tips when you’re someone who is plus size is to ensure that you wear clothes that flatter your body. Always follow your body type and try to wear clothes according to your body shape. For instance, I have an hourglass figure so I wear clothes that accentuate my curves like wrap dresses, V neck T-shirts and sweaters, pencil skirts, high-waisted jeans, etc. Most importantly, be confident in what you wear”, said Thatavarthi.
She also spoke about how while traveling, you don’t get time to re-apply makeup all the time, and her 5 must-have makeup products that last longer even in hot and humid weather. The dusky beauty’s top picks were - waterproof mascara, concealer, kohl pencil, tinted lip balm, and foundation powder.
When asked that as she has always promoted body-positivity and has been lauded for the same. Deep down, does she ever go to a beach and still think ‘if I was thinner, I could have worn a bikini’ or has she now become comfortable in her skin?
To this, the diva stated, “I don’t succumb to society’s stereotypes anymore. It’s taken a long time for me to be able to accept my body and I honestly believe that if you have confidence, you can rock any outfit. Yes, I wear bikinis on the beach and I love it because I do it for myself.”
Apart from this, Varshita answered many more questions, here are excerpts from the same conversation.
AT: 5 things we should carry for skincare at the beach or in the mountains.
VT: Sunscreen with a higher SPF, a lip balm with an SPF, facial cooling spray, wet wipes, a good lightweight moisturizer for the beach. And, for the mountains - a heavy moisturizer, hand cream, lip balm, sunscreen, and serum to apply before the moisturizer.
AT: How important is airport fashion to you and what styling should one do for the same?
VT: Honestly, I don’t pay much attention to airport looks because it's more about comfort and unwinding. When I’m traveling, I always prefer wearing a tracksuit with kicks. Heels are a big no.
AT: Out of all the places you have been to, which one is the best for shopping?
VT: I love shopping at Janpath and Sarojini Nagar in Delhi. And in Mumbai, I pick things from Fashion Street and Colaba Market.
AT: Different places in India have different attires. Which is your personal favourite and why?
VT: Being a South Indian, my choice for Cotton and Kanchivaram sarees is pretty obvious. They are elegant and graceful.
AT: What is fashion to you and why do you think traveling in style has become so important?
VT: Fashion to me is about comfort. While style is eternal which is something you must possess. You don’t just have to focus on traveling in style. If you’re stylish it’ll show even if you wear just pajamas.
AT: 5 cosmetic products you always pack in your travel luggage.
VT: Kohl pencil, eyelash curler, lipstick, mascara, and concealer.
AT: How do you protect your hair from sun damage?
VT: I swear by coconut oil and I oil my hair twice a week. I like to wear a hat and mostly tie my hair in a bun so it doesn’t get frizzy. Never skip conditioner when you wash your hair and use a good hair serum after the wash.
For the unversed, this 25-year-old model hails from Vizag, Andhra Pradesh. The dusky beauty joined hands with Sabyasachi Mukherjee a few years ago and has been the face for his plus-size collection ever since. In a recent interview, she said that she was trying to get into films from 2017 and her struggle was long. After facing rejection multiple times, she finally got her first break by the Bollywood designer, Sabyasachi. She has come a long way and has become a role model for many big sized women. She has definitely brought a change in the society for good by taking plus size modeling to A-list mag like Vogue.
Looking good is not about any size or shape, neither is it about impressing the society or a particular person, it is for you and just FOR You! Hence, follow these tips by the smokin’ hot model and learn how to love yourself the way you are! So, the next time you travel, ensure you do so in style without body shaming yourself.
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