Happy International Women’s Day everyone!

To celebrate, here are some of the most inspiring Indian women in fashion!

Aiyshwarya Rai

Aishwarya Rai Inspiring Indian Women in Fashion

Up first is Aiyshwarya Rai who is simply an amazing role model. The second Indian Miss World has been modelling since youth and has gone onto great success in both Bollywood and Hollywood.

Whether she was walking on a catwalk, shooting her next flick or attending an award ceremony, Aiyshwarya could always be seen carrying her daughter around wherever she went.

Balancing professional ambition with family responsibilities is a difficult task women the world over face. However, Aiyshwarya seems to be extremely proficient at both which is why she makes this list!

Deepika Padukone

Inspirational Indian Women in Fashion Deepika Pudakone

Just a few words from this Fashion and Bollywood icon can inspire anyone. This writer’s particular favourite Deepika Pudakone quote is…

“Never lose focus of what you want for yourself. People will try and pull you down. There might be things in your life, which will deter your confidence. Days when you want to break down; there could be days when you feel like giving up. It’s extremely important to have emotional strength and be focus. Do it your own way. And don’t be afraid of making mistakes.”

Besides her articulate words, Deepika is truly inspirational  due to her openness regarding her own battles with depression. For a global megastar to release this information to the public eye to try and combat this stigma surrounding mental health shows immense bravery and is extremely inspiring.

Priyanka Chopra

Inspirational Indian Women in Fashion Priyanka Chopra

In the early 2000’s numerous models in India were trying their hand at acting and quite frankly, they failed miserably. Priyanka broke the mould and the stereotype that models couldn’t act.

She made the transition from Bollywood to Hollywood seamlessly. Finding immediate success in Quantico and being cast in the Baywatch film alongside Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson and Zac Efron.

Priyanka has undoubtedly redefined the role of women in Indian cinema. She’s become one of the most influential women and most powerful brands in the world today!

Ritu Kumar

Inspirational Indian Women in Fashion Deepika Pudakone Ritu Kumar

Outdated gender stereotypes are still a major issue in India and are very much present in the Fashion industry. Wedding Couture is the most commercially successful branch of Indian fashion. Therefore, he question asked by Shefalee Vasudev, Fashion Editor at Indian business daily is:

“How can a country or an industry that is so completely overwhelmed by turning the woman into an obedient bride and so tied with conspicuous consumption, including seriously expensive jewelry and feasts where ritualism dominates individualism–really be supportive of the idea of feminism?”

Many high-end designers have publicly dissociated themselves from feminism for purely monetary reasons. One of the designers who still regularly infuses feminist themes into their collections is Ritu Kumar and she must be commended for it. In a fledgling industry, to take risks like this that go against the guaranteed revenue streams is inspiring.

Do you feel inspired? Do you agree with our list? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!

Images courtesy of the Aishwarya Rai Bachchan Facebook Page, the Deepika Padukone Facebook Page, the Priyanka Chopra Facebook Page