VOGUE India March 2021

Vogue India's November issue is our Women of the Year special, where we celebrate the year's biggest achievers across disciplines. Actor Salma Hayek discusses the elusive work-life balance, powerhouse CEO Indra Nooyi discusses life after Pepsi, entrepreneurial eagle Anjula Acharia shares her checklist for women investors, and our sportswomen stars of the year—Mirabai Chanu, PV Sindhu, Lovlina Borgohain and Rani Rampal discuss success. Plus. a deep-dive with Olympic medallist Neeraj Chopra and astronaut Sirisha Bandla.

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in this issue

1 min
get to know...

ASHISH SHAH Shah grew up in north India, in the valleys around the Ganga. His work is based in the boundless landscapes, traditions and culture of the land, childhood reveries, and heartbreak. Strong portraits that delicately capture the mood of his subjects are his forte, as seen in our cover story, page 126 NAVAZ BATLIWALLA Batliwalla is a London-based writer, fashion editor and author of The New Garconne: How To Be A Modern Gentlewoman. She is also the founder of the blog Disneyrollergirl.net and co-founder of The Beauty Conversation consultancy. In ‘Brand value’, page 100, she writes on cultural shifts in beauty and fashion IMRAN KHATRI The founder of his namesake production house, Khatri is a multitalented creative producer who has worked with some of the biggest ad agencies, brands, magazines, and creative talent across…

2 min
editor’s letter

It’s hard to believe that this month marks the first anniversary of the lockdown. That singular act not only upended our lives, it also made humanity adapt and evolve to a new way of doing things. Since last March, I’ve begun every working day on Zoom, where I’m greeted by a grid of Vogue India editors who showcase the resilience of the creative spirit—stylists and art directors torn away from the set, who have learnt to advise remotely, and writers and editors who have adapted to carry out interviews through stories hidden behind face masks. If the pandemic brought us face to face with profound loss, it also taught us to think out of the box, an ability the greatest creatives share. But in these life-altering times, where restrictions in…

3 min
the new guard

PRIYANKA PAUL Illustrator and influencer This 22-year-old storyteller, illustrator and activist calls out trolls as she uses her art and words to confront issues on gender, mental health, caste, queer rights and body acceptance on Instagram. @artwhoring SHRADHA KOCHHAR Knitwear designer and textile artist Uniquely intertwining sustainability with craftsmanship, Kochhar’s innovations include a boundary-breaking approach to khadi as well as redefining knitting by using Kala cotton. With her brand LOTA India, she repurposes tonnes of fabric waste into upcycled streetwear. AASTHA SAHDEV Artist From colourism and consent to calling out sexism on- and off-screen, this 27-year-old’s Instagram tweaks Mughal miniature-style art with subtle social commentary on all things topical. @aasthapastaa ESHNA KUTTY Dancer In a sari and sneakers, this 24-year-old flow artiste from Delhi has managed to sweep the internet. Her viral dance videos use the hula hoop, not as a child’s…

1 min
joyful dressing

COLOUR ME HAPPY Look on the bright side—you can eat your candy and wear it too. Add an everyday pop of colour with accessories in highlighter hues DENIM REDONE No longer restricted to jeans, the material gets mega comfy in kimono wraps and slip dresses Our other denim mood is tougher for a city slicker now on the move. Think foundation flares and bucket bags Hair: Rimi Ura using Mr. Smith/Walter Schupfer ManagementMakeup: Camille Siguret usingGlossier/MFT AgencyAssistant stylist: Charlotte EvenModel: Ayesha Djwala/Ford ModelsBookings editor: Jay Modi…

1 min
back to work

THE LOOK A casual tee, slouchy trousers and sneakers get a workspace facelift when paired with a blazer THE ELEMENT Give the house dress a boardroom edit with a waistcoat THE SILHOUETTE Cue the Zoot-suit, with a new and improved casual cropped jacket THE MOOD Masculine gets a feminine makeover with pop pieces Hair: Rimi Ura using Mr. Smith/Walter Schupfer ManagementMakeup: Camille Siguret usingGlossier/MFT AgencyAssistant stylist: Charlotte EvenBookings editor: Jay ModiModel: Ayesha Djwala/Ford Models…

1 min
dial it up

BASIC TEE City shorts and a boxy blazer give the tee a boardroom do-over UTILITY JACKET A khaki jacket in its natural habitat with a zebra-print dress TAILORED TROUSERS Elevate a pair of camel trousers with a sequinned top STRIPED SHIRT Give the cotton shirt a summer update with printed palazzos INDIGITAL MEDIA; MARILI ANDRE. STYLED: DENA GIANNINI. HAIR: PANOS PAPANDRIANOS. MAKE UP: VASSILIS THEOTOKIS. MODEL: CYNTHIA ARREBOLA…