This Fashion Photo Shoot Of Women With Down Syndrome Is Defining Beauty Beyond Conventions
Sanjyot Telang, a Paris-based photographer, visited the NGO Kimkan in Mumbai and conducted a photo shoot that features young women living with down syndrome.
When it comes to beauty, it doesn’t conform to a set of rules. It surpasses all barriers of color, caste or creed and lies in the heart of the beholder. However, there have been some unspoken norms and notions to what we may seem as beautiful to the eye rather than the mind. In the world of the shutterbugs, beauty has found its soul mates in the right combination of weight, height and skin color. Little does that world of the perfect figures accept those with disabilities, unique in their own beautiful way.
Sanjyot titled the project as ‘Fashion Misfits’ and tries to capture beauty beyond conventions and guidelines.
“I feel [people with special needs] have been an ignored part of our society for the longest time,” Telang told BuzzFeed.
“There is a need to explore the versatile interpretations of beauty and be more accepting to all kinds of people,” she further added.
“With the help of this project, I’d like to create a space in the fashion and advertising industry, ultimately to open channels catering to [people with special needs] as well, so that they can find a way to fashionably express themselves and become role models to our society too.”
“Contrary to the belief, it was absolutely easy working with these girls since they were as natural and nonchalant as professional models in front of the camera,” Telang said.
Here’s the full video of the shoot,
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