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Beauty comes in all shapes and sizes! Says so everyone but their thoughts and actions differ when it comes to implementation. Every girl has her dream wedding planned in her head ever since she could remember! And why not, the wedding is a very big deal especially in our Indian culture. Every girl wishes to look the most beautiful and elegant on her wedding day. Although nothing's wrong with that apart from the fact that sometimes the to-be-bride is so much under the pressure of 'looking perfect' on her wedding day that she tends to leave no stone unturned to get into the 'society approved perfect' shape.
Sometimes in the process of running after 'self/society proclaimed perfection', we forget that we're being unfair to our bodies and it's not even worth to torture ourselves because there is no shape as 'perfect'. Beauty does come in all shapes and sizes and these stunning plus-size brides, who didn't care for 'societal norms' for their special day and broke all stereotypes will definitely leave you pondering.
A marketing strategist from Mumbai, Shobhana Biswas donned an unconventional maroon coloured, heavily embroidered lehenga for her wedding and left us awestruck by her regal aura. Shobhana doesn't fall under the category of 'society approved' norms of how a bride shall look on her wedding day and despite which, she looked ethereally gorgeous. Shobhana is an inspiration for a lot of plus-size to-be-brides out there, who're being unfair to themselves by trying to fit in 'shapes' when brides like her are breaking all stereotypes. Shobhana kept her overall look simple by sporting two elegant neckpieces, a thin matha patti and a conventional small ring nath. Her heavy kaliras strung down from her matching bangles gave the perfect finishing and her nude makeup was the cherry on the cake. Shobhana exemplarily defies all prevalent stereotypes of how brides shall look and we are reeling with pride.
Hailing from Melbourne, Ishleen believes in inspiring, not influencing and that becomes pretty evident when we look at her beautiful wedding pictures. Ishleen broke the shackles of conventional red, pink, orange shades and went for a green lehenga for her big day. The ornate gold embroidery on her green lehenga which paired with pink dupatta, red bangles, golden kaliras, choker neckpiece, big ring nath and jadau maang tikka gave her the look of a goddess and we can't take our eyes off her! Ishleen confidently flaunted her curves and mirrored the quote, "Beauty lies in the eyes of the beholder" Instead of adhering to useless stereotypes, Ishleen sets the bar of self-love high. You don't need to be perfect, you're beautiful just the way you are!
Fashion Model, Akanksha, who was also Miss Plus-size from North India opted the multi-coloured pattern for her bridal lehenga and we're already brooding over her wedding pictures. Donning an aqua lehenga with pink dupatta and orange choli, Akanksha looked like everything we need to change about our preconceived notions about bridal looks. Akanksha is overweight but her confidence in herself and her body is something so beautiful that we just couldn't stop brooding over her perfect wedding pictures. Akanksha is an exemplary figure of 'the perfect figure' being nothing but a myth.
Lifestyle blogger Meenu Goel works with the motto of busting the myth of dressing sacks for curvy women, which is pretty evident from her mesmerising wedding pictures. Opting for an unconventional yellow and red lehenga with yellow dupatta, bold lips and minimal jewellery, Meenu looked nothing short of a royal princess in her wedding attire. Meenu is a plus-size fashion influencer and basically everything that needs to be changed around conventional perceptions of bridal looks. Meenu and her confidence in her body is another love story we shall look out for.
Jalandhar girl, Harman Thind got married to the love of her life Rajas Patel in a pastel pink coloured lehenga along with double dupatta and we can't stop gushing over her wedding ensemble. Donning a contrasting mint blue dupatta, choker neckpiece, a nath, a maang tikka, a passa and golden kaliras, Harman looked regal. This curvy bride broke the shackles of conventional stereotypes by not fretting over 'societal norms' of how a bride is supposed to look on her wedding day and left us wondering why are we still limiting ourselves. The time to fly free is here now!
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When Farzia Zaman married to the love of her life, Rajiv Tiwari in a castle in New York, she didn't let the preconceived notions take a toll on her mind and ruin her dream wedding. The curvy bride kept aside all the conventions, listened to her heart and went for a deep plunging, boat-neckline choli paired with a heavy velvet lehenga along with heavy kundan jewellery, plain bangles and golden kaleere. It won't be an understatement to say that she is one of the beautiful brides we have ever seen in our lives. Farzia personifies the line "It's not about what size you wear, it's about how you wear your size!"
Even though Sejal was having a day wedding, she didn't chicken out on her desires in the fear of pre-set societal norms and her courage is what makes her an inspiration to all the plus-size brides-to-be out there. After getting proposed at the beautiful backdrop of Lake Como Italy, Sejal made it a mission to leave no stone unturned to make her dream wedding come true. From sporting a royal blue lehenga paired with a beige-coloured dupatta on her engagement to going for a Sabyasachi’s zari-work red-coloured lehenga and completing her look with a maang tika and jadau jewellery, Sejal has set the bar high. Her wedding pictures reek of self-love and that is all of us need to have for ourselves!
Shanghai hailing plus-size bride, Tanu Sharma opted for a golden embroidered pink lehenga, pink dupatta, minimal makeup and golden kaliras for her wedding and we're in awe of her overall look. Tanu decided it was time to ditch the age-old, useless norms; it was time to feel beautiful more than looking beautiful; it was time to stop fretting over 'perfect figures' and it was finally time to accept the fact that beauty does come in all shapes and sizes for once and all. Her wedding pictures speak for themselves looking straight from a fairy tale wedding.
Beauty is relative, beauty is boundless, beauty is spirit, beauty is happiness! It's time we shall stop limiting beauty to 'certain standards' and set our mind free to accept different versions and perceptions of beauty! There is no such thing as a 'perfect shape or a perfect figure' and it's high time we stop fretting over it. Every shape is beautiful!