A truly momentous occasion occurred at this year’s Lakme Fashion week as Anjali Lama walked the catwalk at the event’s opening show.

It is the very first time that a transgender model has walked at Lakme’s and is a truly progressive step in India’s fashion industry.

The 32-year-old Nepalese model hail from Navin Waiba and her family cut ties with her long ago when a member of her village realised she was transgender.

Lama actually auditioned for last year’s fashion week but failed to make the cut. This year however is a different story and she had this to say when speaking to the Thomas Reuters Foundation:

“It wasn’t easy for me in the early days when there was so much rejection and discrimination. Now I am getting an overwhelming response from the fashion industry after being selected, and other transgender people tell me they are proud of me.”

Lakme Fashion Week has made a considerable effort to be more inclusive in 2017 as the event has also recruited a non-binary and plus size model in an attempt to “redefine the future of fashion.”

Let’s hope the fashion industry continues to make these positive steps for the pursuit of a truly equality and inclusion.

Images courtesy of Lakme Fashion Week’s Twitter Page