Summer Style With Anjali Lama | Verve Magazine
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April 10, 2019

Summer Style With Anjali Lama

Text by Rushmika Banerjee. Photographs by Debarati Sanyal. Styling by Yvonne Monteiro. Hair and Make-Up by Anuradha Raman. Model: Anjali Lama at Feat. Artists

The Spring 2019 runways display an assortment of free-spirited styles, structured details and retro hues. Think tie-dye, gym shorts, pleats, terracotta and khaki. The trendsetting Anjali Lama chats with Verve about her success and sartorial philosophy as she steps out in the season’s new heroes

Flying Colours

How were you discovered?
While shooting for a leading publication last September, I was talking to the photographer about how I wanted to debut as an international model. I was eagerly looking for a new agency as my contract with the previous one was only for a year. I approached a lot of companies, but they denied my requests. Their logic was that since I am already so famous, I don’t need any representation. My network is not that big, so I wanted to be a part of an agency that would help in grooming me further. The photographer put me in touch with Nikhil D. and Smita Lasrado, and after some discussions I eventually joined their agency, Feat. Artists in November.

Modern Military

What challenges did you encounter when navigating the Indian modelling industry?
When I came from Nepal to India, one of the major challenges was that I was not getting enough work. I couldn’t get money from home, so it was difficult for me to make ends meet sometimes. But I didn’t want to go back at that point or give up. Another difficulty was not being able to find a place to live because of my identity as a trans person.

Ripple Effect

How would you define your personal style?
I like to wear clothes that are easy-fitted and comfortable to slip into. It shouldn’t always be about following trends. Whether I purchase expensive or cheaper clothing, I make sure that all my outfits have a feel-good factor. It doesn’t make sense if I spend a bomb on something and then am uncomfortable in it. My wardrobe comprises a lot of black clothes and dresses — both minis and maxis.

Gym Shorts
She Got Game

Can you tell us about some elements of your wardrobe that are irreplaceable?
I have a lot of dresses, some of which I have picked up during my travels. I also have many pairs of jeans — loose, fitted, flared and cut-offs, but I usually prefer the loose, boyfriend styles.

Down to Earth

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