On Breaking Stereotypes in Fashion
"I know firsthand how life-changing representation is for young people."
"I'm really excited to be recognized as one of the designers reshaping the fashion industry by Teen Vogue, as part of the Generation Next 2020 program. It's a huge honor to be seen as a brand that is pushing diversity and sustainability forward. I grew up in an era and a place where I never saw South Asians in fashion, magazines, beauty, or media. Because of that, it took me a long time to be able to envision myself doing what I really wanted to do.
Now, the fashion world is realizing there is plenty of space for diverse voices and aesthetics. There still are very few recognized South Asian designers in the US, and I hope to keep breaking down those barriers so more perspectives can be seen. Even though things are changing, it isn't very often I see someone who looks like me, doing what I do. I know firsthand how life-changing representation is for young people."