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Anjali Lama, Nepal's first transgender model to walk the ramp at an international fashion week
Just on the similar lines of Bollywood where many cliches were broken in the year 2016 with movies like Aligarh, that touched upon the taboo subject of homosexuality, the fashion industry too wasn't far behind in dropping stereotypical notions.

Many magazines this year featured photoshoots of plus size models, shunning the myth that only slim women are sexy. But the highlight of the year was a heavily pregnant Kareena Kapoor Khan gracing for the cover of Grazia magazine, breaking another tradition by refusing to go on a self-imposed exile during pregnancy like most actresses.

However, the year 2016 could not have ended on a more beautiful note for the fashion industry, as Anjali Lama, a transgender from Nepal has been chosen to walk the ramp at an international fashion week early next year. She has become the first transgender from the her country to be bestowed with such an honour. She will be walking the ramp at the Lakme Fashion Week Summer/Resort 2017 to be held in the first week of February, 2017 at Jio Garden in Mumbai.

Lama was born as a boy named Nabin Wali in Nuwakot, however, she underwent a sex change operation and became a woman after moving to Kathmandu for higher studies in 2010. As expected, the road ahead was never easy for her. In fact, a documentary, "Anjali – Living Inside Someone Else's Skin" has been made on her life.

Apart from her interest in fashion and modelling, Lama is also very vocal about the issues related to transgenders. She feels that since it's a `scorching topic' globally, how far could have India remained oblivious to it.


According to her, this selection has been well appreciated by people of her community. In fact, she finds it as a golden opportunity for inspiring other people like her to follow her footsteps. 

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