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Monday, January 24, 2022

I am whoever I am because of my weight

Delhi-based Sakshi Sindwani is everything and you can’t imagine much more than this. A body positivity flag bearer and a stylist at heart, Sindwani talks to us about her humble beginnings, her love for YouTube and content creation, and how she conquered self-love. read on

Tell us about your life before you become an influencer.

Growing up, I lived in a family of five with my mom, dad, an older sister and my grandfather. In school, I was an A grade student and wanted to become a genetic engineer, however, I always loved fashion. So, did my post-grad in fashion styling and image design, went to New York for internship and did a few styling gigs here and there. In fact, styled a show at New York Fashion Week; He was very good.

When did you think of becoming an influencer?

I have always been obsessed with watching YouTube videos. I started when I was barely in 6th or 7th grade because I could relate more to girls on YouTube than girls in magazines, TV or movies. YouTube girls were regular girls who looked somewhat like me. I used to watch videos of American vlogger, Bethany Mota, who was one of the first content creators to achieve that kind of success. In my third year of college, I finally started my own YouTube channel.

When did you decide to move from YouTube to Instagram?

I never thought of content creation as a career in the beginning but something that I was doing for fun. I’ll post literally once a month or so. YouTube was really a phase where I discovered how much I love content creation. And, so, I slowly and steadily started building a community that, however, kept the urge to fit in and get people to like me. I started doing lookbooks like Sarojini Nagar, Chandni Chowk Halls, because these were in trend and doing really well, and had burnout in 2019. I had 60k or 70k subscribers at that time. That’s when I decided to make videos on Instagram right after my YouTube burnout.

What changed when you started your IG account?

I took a challenge on Instagram that I wouldn’t make videos; I used to talk to people about the outfits they were wearing on that special day and give them styling tips. I decided to do it every single day for the next 365 days. It really changed the course of my life and my entire career. Later, I started my own series, SMU, which means Style Me Up, one episode every day, and as they say, the rest is history.

What were your family’s thoughts about your career?

I grew up in a typical Punjabi family, which has always been very supportive of me in whatever I do. My parents saw how much passion I was putting in my career. There was a time when they were scared about it because as a content creator for a very long time, I was not earning anything. i will earn 5000 per year. It was only in 2019 that things started moving up and he saw that I could really grow financially. Today, I am one of the highest earners in my family, so they are very proud of me.

What was the turning point for you?

In 2019, I was scouted as a model for Lakme Fashion Week. This was my first ever show and I walked as a showstopper model. It was for designer Reena Dhaka. After that, I heard about the open audition for India Fashion Week (IFW), and got selected as a pool model. This was the first time that a plus-size model was seen as a pool model for IFW.

I am whoever I am because of my weight

Have you always wanted to be a Body Positivity Influencer?

Subconsciously, yes, I’ve always wanted to talk about representation. When I started my YouTube channel I had no idea what that meant, but there was definitely a community that liked who I was. I really started to consider my choices and how I saw my body and what I wanted to change in my mindset. The audience inspired me to talk more about body positivity. In my post-grad, I made a documentary called Our Body featuring 13 different women that went viral. I then saw the kind of effect it had on people regardless of gender, shape and size, and realized that everyone was struggling. I wanted to talk about self-love, fitness, and changing the fashion industry and society for good.

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Did you face body problems in your childhood?

I have a lot of problems in my body. As a kid, I loved my bubbly because everyone thought it was cute. Later when I went to school, the same cuteness became “Tu Kitni Moti Hai, Tu Kitni Bhai Hai”. So many of these adjectives get attached to you and you start hating your body. I’ve hated my body for the longest time. I was bullied every day not only in school but at home by relatives and my own parents, siblings. I was compared to my older sister because she had lost weight and became the thinnest of the girls. My father and I didn’t have a very good relationship then because I was too big. It was the same with mother. I have always had a love and hate relationship with my body as I have gained and lost weight several times. It is only later that I learned the meaning of self-love and body positivity, and that the only recognition that matters is what comes from within.

Do you like what you do?

I love what I do; I am obsessed because I have put my heart and soul into it. I don’t want to be preachy, but I do want to make fashion accessible and relevant to larger bodies as well. And, not only talk but also walk. As for me, I’m a badass boss who won’t leave unless I change the fashion industry and honestly, the world for good. I will continue to talk about body positivity, body neutrality, self-love and inclusivity.

Who has been your inspiration?

At that time it was Bethany Fat. She looked very bubbly and bubbly in her video. And, there was a ball of sunshine for me. I have seen him rising and breaking paths. He inspired me to start my own channel. Right now, I am absolutely in love with Masoom Meenawala, Komal Pandey, Prajakta Koli, Kusha Kapila and Dolly Singh.

What are your thoughts on the Social Media Influencer space?

The industry is in full swing. Digital marketing is the future. Social media influencers are new age celebrities. They are more relatable, refreshing, and they challenge norms. The idea that you can be anyone and become anything in the world is revolutionary. The possibilities are endless and it is open to all. You can impress people, even if you don’t SM. In India, we still have a lot to do and we will be there in time.

Do you think social media influencers can bring about positive change?

I definitely believe that body positive creators have brought about a change. They have made people feel more comfortable in their own skin. You have to remind people to take care of themselves and body positivity is about taking care of your health and fitness regardless of your shape and size. There are so many body positivity creators that can make you feel good about yourself and others that might not bring much value to you. Follow people who bring value to you, who make you feel good about yourself, who make you happy. We are challenging the society and not just the fashion industry. We are changing the mere definition of what is considered normal and beautiful, and that is powerful.

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