Popular Bollywood designer Swapnil Shinde, who has styled a streak of Bollywood beauties like Deepika Padukone, Sunny Leone, Kareena Kapoor Khan, Kiara Advani, Shraddha Kapoor, Katrina Kaif and Anushka Sharma among others, has come out as a transwoman. Taking to Instagram, Swapnil revealed changing her name to Saisha. She also shared a couple of her pictures post her transformation. In her note, Saisha opened up on how she has faced a lot of harassment due to her sexuality and it was only in her 20s that she found the courage to accept her truth.
Saisha’s long note read, “Irrespective of your origin, there will always be something that reminds you of your childhood. For me, it takes me back to the kind of loneliness that aches, to pressures that pushed me into solitude and the chaos of confusion that grew every moment. All through school and college, while the boys outside tormented me because I was different, the internal pain was far worse. I felt suffocated living a reality that I knew wasn't mine, yet one that I had to stage everyday because of societal expectations and norms. It was only in my early 20s at NIFT where I found the courage to accept my truth; I truly bloomed.”
She added, “I spent the next few years believing that I was attracted to men because I was gay, but it was only 6 years ago that I finally accepted to myself, and today that I accept to you. I'm not a gay man. I am a Transwoman.”
Check out the Saisha’s note and pictures below:
In her caption, the stylist explained the meaning of her name by writing, “Here we go 2021. P.s : Saisha means a meaningful life and I plan to make mine an exceptionally meaningful one.”
Ever since Saisha came out as a transwoman, she is being flooded with love and support from her colleagues and a lot of Bollywood celebs under her Instagram post.
image source: instagram/kareenakapoorkhan, officialswapnilshinde
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