For those of you who might not know, Anjali Lama is one of India’s first transgender models to walk the ramp for Lakme Fashion Week a few years ago. Not only did she break barriers but she also managed to pave the way for the next-gen and open doors for the transgender community. Born and raised in Nepal, Anjali is a force to reckon with. She’s managed to walk for some of the biggest designers in the industry and has also fiercely graced the covers for esteemed fashion magazines and featured in the Calvin Klein‘s International Women’s Day Campaign. I mean, there’s no stopping this girl and after years of struggle and rejection, she truly deserves to wear her success as a badge of honour.

You have to check out this Girl Tribe video featuring Anjali Lama—it’s so inspiring, I would write an essay about it.

Now that I’ve established what an icon Anjali is, it’s time I give you a little insight into why she needs to be your style inspiration too. Last week, I spotted this gorgeous dame walking down the red carpet at the Vogue Beauty Awards and oh boy! did she look like a goddess! Spotted in a beauteous  Bibhu Mohapatra gown, Anjali legit looked like she walked straight-off-the-runway and right onto the red carpet. The gown had a fitted black velvet bodice with a sweetheart deep neck, contrasted with a larger than life skirt that had a high-low hemline in neon yellow. Everything about this look was yum and styled to perfection by none other than Anaita Shroff Adajania. Spearheading the love is love moment for the whole #LGBTQIA community, Anjali has done everything so gracefully and definitely made a mark for a self in this industry.

But if this wasn’t enough proof that Anjali deserves a spot on your list of peeps to follow for style inspo, check out these looks that had me at hello!


A black on black look can never be disappointing, especially if it involves faux leather.


A sheath dress with strappy heels is such an understated, yet classy look.


Proof that skinny jeans, a white tee and white sneakers together is the perfect uniform for a comfy-yet-trendy, travel #OOTD. And if you pull off a shrobed jacket look like this, it’s a winner.


Uff! A shimmery, black number with a thigh-high slit is a fierce and bold look, I could get used to.


Graphic tee + vintage sunnies are a winning combo for an Instagram-worthy OOTD.


This is the coolest way to up the ante with your kurtas.


Hands-down the best look with an even better caption. #LoveAlwaysWins. Period.

Let Anjali be your role-model on how to be strong, fierce and fashionably unapologetic while being your true self. You go, girl!

Which look inspired you the most? Let me know in the comments below.

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