Pyjama People x Zara: Khyati Sharma

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Having grown sick of everyone – from fashion magazines to random uncles on the streets – telling women what to wear and what not to wear, the Pyjamas asked our readers to join us in giving all the would-be “stylists of the nation” a sartorial finger.

The Challenge?

To leave behind all the gratuitous advice, fashion or otherwise, that are piled on to women.

The Participant?

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Khyati Sharma is a Senior Design Programmer at Plantronics, a communications design company. “People tell me you have lovely features… if only you had better skin,” she said to us.

In her experience, ‘beauticians of the nation’ think it’s OK to tell people the sensory organ that covers ALL of their bodies doesn’t quite meet experts’ (unsolicited) standards. As a result, Khyati tends to wears her hair down a lot. She keeps them parted in the middle and lets them cascade down to hide her face — like a proverbial iron curtain to block out criticism.

In the video below, she tells us why she’s conditioned to hate her skin and how that affects her.

 

Khyati also has a badass scar on her leg, the result of an accident. “Don’t photograph it,” she pleaded with us. But, Chief Pyjama Sohaya’s positive vibes eased Khyati’s worries and managed to convince her scars are not synonymous with blemishes, they are the marks of a survivor.

We pulled back her hair into braided buns, something she would have never tried before. Then, we dressed her in a retro playsuit to show off her scar and a boho kimono for whenever she does wish to hide it.

Why? Because it’s a part of her, and all parts of her (scarred or otherwise) are beautiful regardless of what anyone says. But, it’s her choice what parts of herself she’d like to reveal, (or not.)

The Result?

Meet Super Fly-ati!

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Special Thanks to our contributors:

Pyjama Photographer:

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Karishma Bedi is a Delhi-based photographer, full-on gunda, and a member of the Sisterhood of travelling pyjamas. You can follow her work on Instagram and Facebook.

Pyjama Partner:

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All the clothes used in this shoot were sourced for Zara India, a company that needs no introduction! Khyati a printed playsuit and a flocked kimono with fringing, and beige booties to complete the look. You can find similar pieces here, and here, and here. (Say what you will, but don’t say Zara doesn’t spoil you for choice.)

Pyjama video editor:

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The video in this post was edited by Manas Gurung, a super multimedia talent and total chiller. You can see more of his work on Instagram.

 

Styled by Sohaya Misra  

Concept copyright, and writing by  Avantika Mehta

If you’d like to participate in #pyjamapanti, please email us on payjamapeople@gmail.com with the subject line “Wear what the hell you want Wednesdays.”  

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