Komal Chhatwani is a Talent and Celebrity Manager, working with Onstage International. She is Indian and 25. Her career is a reflection of confidence; she is a model of achievement building not just at work but also among her circle of friends and in the family. It is therefore no surprise that the story behind this ‘beauty’ is just as strong and impactful.
“As a child and as a teen I was very thin, if anyone looks at my old pictures they wouldn’t be able to recognize me. When I suddenly put on weight a lot of them were very negative towards me. A lot of my friends and colleagues even body shamed me. There have been situations where people have teased me and paired me with another plus size gentlemen and said ‘ best plus size partners ever’. It’s embarrassing and heart-breaking, but I never let it get to my heart, after a while I was used to it; I started taking everything in a joke so it doesn’t matter to me now,” shared Komal. “Many a times people commented on how I was dressed being a bigger size, I always asked myself that I never dress to get their approval or their praise of what I am wearing so how does it matter to them? I never let it get to me. “You only let people treat you by what you allow, what you stop, and what you reinforce.” I had confidence and knew I had to prove them wrong so nothing mattered to me. I in fact thank all my haters; if it wasn’t for all the negativity they had spread I wouldn’t have had the guts and the urge to prove them wrong.”
She added, “My self-confidence is way above all this. Honestly it never bothered me so much because I had everything they didn’t have. I had the guts and confidence to walk the ramp and break the stereotype mentality of people who always thought Plus size models couldn’t rock the stage and that fashion shows and ramp walks belong to only size zero models. Hats off to Zareen for coming up with such a great initiative and concept, it’s just brilliant.”
Since childhood Beauty and the Beast had been Komal’s favourite fairly tale. “Just like Jane I always believed that what lies within is what makes a person beautiful, see beyond the outer beauty. I believed that you can conquer your fear and learn from experiences but you have to stand out and be different and never give up. I choose to be ‘Beauty’ because my ideology and principles of and about everything is exactly as same as the Beauty in Beauty and the Beast. She is so me – she doesn’t differentiate people on how they look. For her everything was about knowing how the person is inside, be it even the beast or anyone. Looks deceive and she always loved everyone and treated everyone with same respect and attitude. She sees everyone beyond their outer beauty. She loves everyone and treats everyone equally. She loved her family/Father so much that she would do anything for saving him from trouble. For me my family matters the most, today whatever I am, even alive is because of them. I could go to any level to keep my family happy and safe no matter if that includes me fighting with a world full of beasts on my own.”
“People think that xyz looks so hot, drives amazing car and super rich, she/he is someone I want to be with and all, but you never know if that person respects their family or not, if she/he actually treats people with respect and has a good attitude or ideology for life or not. That person might have everything but might not have values or goals. On the other hand we have people who might not be that good looking or that wealthy but they are hardworking and they love and respect everyone but people might treat them bad just because they are not that presentable as others. The calendar girls project is shout out for people to stop judging others on how they look, or how they talk or on their outer personalities. See the real inner beauty they have. They might be a particular way because of their situations, circumstances or surrounds, don’t judge them on that, don’t discriminate them on that. Love all.”
According to me what makes a woman beautiful is how she sacrifices on each stage of her life as a daughter, sister, wife, mother or anything but still wants to be at power and neck to neck competition with men. How she can totally multitask everything at one point and still succeed in everything. Her crazy drive of giving her best in each role she plays or in any field without being biased is what I feel makes her beautiful.
The project brought together so many amazing personalities and Komals feels it was a privilege for her to work with them. “Each of us learnt so much from each other. We were like each other’s support not just with the shoot and the story but also with the details. I was mesmerized with the details. The perfect props that we had, the tea pot and cups, the candle stand and more which were almost as same as the ones in the movie, that was something which made me feel so special playing the beauty. The attention to details, the vision and the struggle to bring out what they had pictured in their minds was mind blowing. The biggest take for me was that I was able to share my story and put a point across with everyone reading this, I can’t be thankful enough to Zareen for giving me a chance to be a real life Jane in this not- so – dreamy world.”
Calendar Girls 2016 :
The ethos behind the program is to develop campaigns through marketing and events that promote positive body image in Men and Women.
Calendar Girls had over 14 role models for young women to identify with and inspire from, the personal stories of these 14 women will be showcased in this unique calendar.
Theme for 2016 : Fairytales – each image for the photo shoot was inspired by the person’s own favourite character – the idea behind it is, the each one of us really are, “our own super heroes”.
We are grateful for all the amazing support from many individuals!
The Fashion Designers of Calendar Girls 2016:-
Aisha Alia – Hayaatii
Desi Sari Dewi
Reve Du Soleil
Calendar Girls Sponsors:-
RK rites (Ruqya Khan)
MAD (Mad About Dance Institute)
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