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Rock the Catwalk

When I was younger I remember getting excited about discovering Yasmin Gauri for the first time: I was paging through the latest Elle magazine and was dazzled by her image! I didn’t realize she was South Asian until I glanced at her name, a dead giveaway indeed.

I couldn’t believe it. A Pakistani model? Ok

ay, only half Pakistani, but to my little adolescent mind it was one step forward for Yasmin and a giant step forward for South Asians.

Fast forward to 2010 where South Asians are everywhere. Enter Lakshmi Menon. She just placed at honorable #45 in the Askmen.com “Top 99 Most Desirable Women of 2010.” This gorgeous Indian beauty from Bangalore got off to a “late start” in the modeling world, not starting until she was twenty-five. Now she’s gracing the pages of everything, from Dazed and Confused to Vogue, as well as appearing in coveted ad campaigns for Givenchy and retail giant H&M.

Let’s hope there’s more where she came from.

—RACHEL KHONA

3 thoughts on “Rock the Catwalk

  1. My cousin recommended this blog and she was totally right keep up the fantastic work!

  2. True, Yasmin was a trailblazer. Being half-Indian myself though I was a little surprised by your seemingly dismissive comment on her being “only half- Pakistani”. Many of those you consider “full – insert South Asian background here” are oft of the coconut variety, ay! thus really only “half”…..

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