Often we have heard What’s in a name? but how many times do we hear what is in a shape? Well, now is the time to ask this question, all day every day, because as we have emboldened ourselves as a society and are breaking many stereotypes, shouldn’t we drop the stigma associated with being a plus-size person as well.
Every size is beautiful and you ought to give it a thought that it is only after you accept yourself, will the society accept you. So, drop all the inhibitions and brace yourself for what you are just like Varshita Thatavarthi who became ace designer, Sabyasachi Mukherjee’s first plus-size muse.
The gorgeous South-Indian beauty not just made people go gaga over her unconventional but ethereal looks, but also broke stereotypes that stopped big girls from being models in India, where plus-sized models were still 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 people would make fun or they won’t look good in what they are experimenting with.
“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 and 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’s excerpts from the same conversation.
AT: 5 things we should carry for skincare at the beach and 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 so much attention when I pick my clothes to wear to the airport. When I’m traveling, it’s obviously about comfort so I avoid heels and love wearing a tracksuit with Kicks.
AT: Out of all the places you have been to, which one is the best for shopping?
VT: I love shopping at places like Janpath and Sarojini Nagar market in Delhi, and in Mumbai, I love Fashion Street and Colaba Market.
AT: Different places in India have different attires, which one of them all is your personal favourite and why?
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VT: I’m a South Indian and I love wearing Cotton and Kanchivaram sarees.
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, a lipstick, mascara, and a 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 afterward.
For the unversed, this 25-year-old model hails from Vizag, Andhra Pradesh. The dusky beauty joined hands with Sabyasachi Mukherjee 2 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 for a long time and her struggle started in 2017. She was rejected for countless times after the Bollywood designer gave her a break. She has come a long way and has become a role model for many big women who have ever wondered if they can make it big in the glam industry or not! She has definitely brought a change in the society for good by bringing plus size modeling in 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 the size of your body coming your way.
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