Women’s Day Special: Women To Look Up to in 2018

Its 2018, and slowly but gradually things are changing; women are standing up for themselves as well as each other. They aren’t afraid to voice their opinions and act on them; they no longer can be pushed aside. #Time’sUp, #MeToo, feminism, gender equality, breaking the glass ceiling, all these aren’t just terms and words, these are the movements which mark the rise of the strong women who won’t settle until they get their rights.

Here are few of the many women, who don’t leave a chance to make us proud and be the role models we can’t get enough of.

ANITA DONGRE:

Inspired from the cultural architecture and colourful markets and local clothing of Rajasthan, Designer Anita Dongre started her career by exporting Indian wear to the boutiques. Later on, she found House of Anita Dongre, which shelters the brands like AND, Global Desi, her signature level, Anita Dongre and her recently introduced Jewellery brand, Pink City (Handcrafted jadau jewellery).

Anita Dongre just doesn’t design masterpieces but is also a responsible designer who is an ardent vegan and a member and supporter of PETA, living by her philosophy of respecting all life forms and produces all products leather free in respect to that. In addition to that, her constant efforts to revive Indian artisans and their creations made way for her brand Anita Dongre Grassroots whose core goal is to empower, revive and sustain Indian handicrafts and arts.

Anita Dongre is widely loved and acclaimed and is a proud recipient of numerable awards and titles! From being declared to “Designer of the Year” by Vogue India, to “Most powerful women in Indian business” award by Business Today. She is also an active board member of Lakme Fashion week, and was a key note speaker in Harvard India Conference. She was also the 7th and the only Indian designer to be featured on Google’s Top most searched people list of 2016.

We salute and respect the never say die attitude and determination of this commendable designer!

MANUSHI CHHILLAR:

This beautiful woman hailing from Haryana, has been responsible for making millions of Indians proud and ecstatic when she won the title of “Miss World 2017”. She is the 6th Indian woman to earn the crown and broke the 17 long years of wait since Priyanka Chopra won the crown in 2000.

This gorgeous girl is not all about the beauty, she definitely is the one with brawn and also works towards the welfare and awareness of Indian women and the taboo of menstruation through her “Shakti Project” , which also made her win the title of “Beauty with a purpose” .

Ever since her return to India, her project has been provided Rs 18 crore fund by Haryana government and expansion by ensuring free availability of sanitary napkins for all girls in government schools and colleges. She has also been declared the brand ambassador for “Anaemia Free Haryana” and has also graced the cover of Cosmopolitan magazine along with being featured in the calendar shoot of the famous Daboo Ratnani!

Seems like there is no stopping this girl! We wish she goes on to achieve all of her goals and continue to inspire us to do the same!

FALGUNI NAYAR:

This entrepreneur had to face many naysayers  who tried to encourage her to opt out of introducing an e-tailer of beauty products in our country, which now is known as Nykaa- also one of the most beloved and our go-to beauty site/app/store!

An alumni of IIM, Falguni has always been an entrepreneur at heart. The bulk of her career has been dedicated to being the MD, and Head of institutional equities for Kotak Mahindra Capital Co.

She is an adventurer who also does her research and had the right visions! Nykaa doesn’t only curate its products but also happen to know them well! Today Nykaa sells more than 35,000 from over 650 international and domestic brands!

Falguni’s inspiring story about a woman with a formidable career path and the courage to do what she really wanted teaches us it’s never too late to achieve your dreams!

JWALA GUTHA:

This Indian badminton player is country’s most successful double specialist and has won the National badminton championship 14 times! She is also the first Indian badminton player to qualify in Olympics, twice! She is known for her left handed stroke play and is also one of the few who uses a forehand service! She’s definitely a powerhouse of talent!

Born to Indian father and Chinese mother, Jwala started her badminton career from the young age of 16 years and has won numerous medals over the course of that period. From securing gold and silver in Commonwealth games to bronze in BFW world championships, she’s done it all!

Apart from badminton, Jwala has also been known to voice her opinions and advocate the cause of equality in sports, gender equality, women empowerment and health & education. She’s also the proud recipient of the honourable Arjuna Award , which is the second highest sporting award in India.

MALINI AGARWAL:

This multi talented woman is a digital influencer, an entrepreneur, blogger, and now a bestselling author! Formerly an RJ, she was also the digital content head for Channel V back in the earley days of her career. Her humility, always growing curiosity and unmistakable passion convinced her to think bigger and achieve bigger. She was encouraged to take blogging as a full time profession and left her job at Channel V to do so.

What was started as a hobby, Missmalini.com as of today has become one of the highly read and most reputed Bollywood blog where all the umpteen Bollywood and fashion events along with travel categories are covered and talked about!

She has a TV show called Miss Malini’s world, and has been featured in Forbes India’s influential women of 2018 and has also written a bestselling novel on how she made it big in life!

All of these strong, independent & fierce women had one thing in common! They realized their dreams and fought for them to turn into reality. All those obstacles and hurdles only motivated them to try harder and be determined! So to all those women out there, we believe in you and you should too! Aim for the stars and be beautiful inside out.

Rent a Closet wishes you a very Happy Women’s Day! Let us celebrate ourselves.