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Cosmopolitan India March 2018

Cosmopolitan isn’t just a magazine, it’s a religion. Now in its 15th year in India, Cosmopolitan is the world’s largest selling magazine, with 200 million readers annually in a 100 countries. It is published in over 26 languages, but at its core, it speaks only one – that of fun fearless females globally. Another language it speaks? That of stupendous success!Top Indian actresses, models and singers have been on the cover of Cosmopolitan before the rest of the world recognised their spark-because we know a fun fearless female when we see one! When we put someone on the Cosmopolitan cover, we acknowledge her right to be counted among the best in the business.

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editor’s letter

WELCOME TO OUR ANNUAL DIGITAL ISSUE!My favourite issue of the year, mostly because I’m surgically attached to my phone and laptop, and Google so much random sh*t in the middle of the night, they really should give me a certificate of honour or something.But every once in a while (usually when my phone’s run out of charge), I worry about my e-dependency. And that of my friends and family and the world. And that is usually when I pause to review my relationship with the greatest invention in the world—the Internet.So I ask myself this: what am I using the Internet for? Is it to learn about the things I’ve been curious about or fill my head with unimportant clutter? [Side note: I recently downloaded a ‘quiz app’ called Brainscape…

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you tell us

February IssueBEAUTY WITH BRAINS“I’ve always been against beauty pageants. But reading Manushi Chhillar’s interview made me realise how being Miss World allows you bring about a difference to other people’s lives. I’m so proud of her for choosing to raise awareness about menstrual hygiene; it’s the need of the hour!”—Gitanjali AhujaLOVE ALL AROUND“It was nice to see that Cosmo chose to speak about all things ‘love’ in the February issue, versus just covering it in the relationship context. I really liked "This Is My Coming Out Story”—it’s sad that we’re in the 21st century, and the LGBTQ community still needs to fight for their rights. Also, The Fuzzy Force was just too adorable.”—Neha NaharALL ROUND HAPPINESS“The Love Issue literally had it all. How to Have More Sex was a great story…

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“When I’d first started my blog, I auto-scheduled my posts on Wordpress. But accidentally, I linked the wrong folder which contained some pretty risqué stuff! And by the time I realised, my sister and my best friend had already seen some of the very private pictures. I haven’t dared to use the auto-scheduling feature since.” —ASHIMA B., 23“One time I went on a stalking spree and looked through all the pictures my boyfriend’s ex had posted on her Instagram. There must have been a glitch on my phone, because it liked all the pictures I clicked on, and the next day, she posted a screenshot of all my Likes on her page. It was probably the most embarrassing moment ever. All our mutual friends texted me, calling me crazy!” —PRIYANKA…

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“what #timesup means to me”

Natalie PortmanOprah WinfreyKristen BellScarlett Johansson and Olivia MunnAmerica FerreraUma ThurmanSarah HylandRICHA CHADHA Actor“#TimesUp is an extremely empowering movement that has spread out from Hollywood, and it’s encouraging people to share their stories and hold others accountable for their actions. I think every woman can relate to it at some level, whether it’s in the form of blatant misogyny or disguised sexism. I honestly don’t know a single Indian woman who hasn’t felt visual, verbal, or physical sexual harassment at some stage in her life. The fact that it started in Hollywood really speaks to me, because the film industry most certainly sees some gender discrimination. It’s sad to see how women are spoken about and how the press treats us. Recently, I saw a daily tabloid question if women actors’…

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how to stand out, online!

NILU YULEENA THAPA@bighairloudmouth“My Instagram page is, first and foremost, for myself; it’s a documentation of everything I love doing. Before someone starts their own page, they need to remember what they want to project—there’s a lot of content on the Internet RN and one needs to bring in something new and non-repetitive with each post. It’s okay to be inspired, but definitely not cool to copy—originality is key. With the new Instagram algorithm, it’s getting harder to get your pictures noticed, but my trick is to stick to one kind of theme (currently, I’m focusing on Travel)—it gets people to visit your profile and see what’s up with you. And with any kind of picture, frames are essential. I always follow the rule of thirds, it automatically makes a picture…

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showing some   #samelove

MAITRI DORE@dore.mai“My artwork is all about same-sex love and their physical relationships to highlight the social stigma and the draconian attitude of the law towards the LGBTQ. Criminalising homosexuality is so unquestionably wrong that it became the obvious starting point for my illustrations. It was also created around the time of the national elections in 2014, and I couldn’t think of a better time to question the BJP’s silence on this issue. I want people to know that LGBTQ relationships are not ‘against the order of nature’. And this illustration is just my tuppence of contribution to the movement against Section 377.”ANUSHA RAICHUR@nushaxxillustrates“I use my art to counter transphobia and homophobia and dispel prejudices. It’s shocking how little people know what the realm of bisexuality is, what the term transgender…