Masaba Gupta created a niche for herself in the Indian fashion industry, making her mark among the stalwarts with her wild prints, asymmetrical patterns and free-flowing silhouettes. The fashion designer made her debut at Lakme Fashion Week in 2010 with her couture collection Kattran. Vibrant colors, bold cuts and bold patterns redefined convention and turned heads at the fashion gala. From that moment on, the designer did not look back.
At the beginning of this year, she marked her acting debut with Masaba Masaba, a fun and light-hearted take on her life. It received rave reviews from critics and the public alike. The quirky handling and life story have captured viewers’ imaginations and turned it into a binge-worthy watch. The millennial designer was critically acclaimed for her acting skills.
Shortly after its release, love and appreciation began to pour in from her friends and colleagues in showbiz, including Kiara Advani, Gajraj Rao, Hrithik Roshan, and filmmaker Aanand L Rai. While some said they are looking forward to the show’s second season, others confided they caught all six episodes at once and praised Masaba for her acting prowess.
She is lauded for setting a precedent for being the first colored woman from India to have a show based on and played by her. She has now become one of the most sought after celebrities in the advertising world as she has gotten a ton of commercials and recommendations.
Masaba is also known to have strong opinions about body positivity. Three years ago, she took to Instagram to reveal that she had been a victim of body shaming during her childhood. Young girls soon started messaging because they raised their mood and helped them fall in love with themselves. She talked about her personal struggles as she accepted her body that many labeled as ‘a man’s body’ and eventually accepted and loved itself. In an interview, she then revealed that when Bollywood turned her down, she didn’t let it affect her morale.
Masaba is an inspiration to many girls and women. At a time when hatred and toxicity are constantly spewed out on social media, her efforts to be a strong voice for body positivity has reinforced stereotypes around body types and skin color, and has started a conversation about self-love and self-acceptance.
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