Pop Girl | March 06, 2019

50 shades of cray : Chapter III

They say I am a quitter

They say I am outrageous

They say I am a rebel

Excuse me…

But who are they, again?

Do they walk in my shoes?

Do they have to make the choices I make?

Do they feel hungry when I do?

No, so who are they to say…anything about me?

I am cray?

In more ways than you can imagine

Let’s celebrate the cray in us!

This International Women’s Month and through the rest of this month, CafePopShop is celebrating the cray in all of us. We’ve handpicked a list of women from the online space who are inspiring the world with their unique and sometimes eccentric approach to life, love, fashion, beauty, travel and wellness. We’re very pleased to feature those beautiful and crazy minds through the week.

21. Radhika Vaz

One of the greatest stand-up comedians of our times, her written comedy special books including her memoir, produced an award-winning web series. She is a regular contributor at some of the top publications like HT, Grazia, Vogue, to name a few.

“When you want to do something that isn’t the ‘norm’ you will be made to feel like you have a problem and if you hear it often enough then you start to believe it too,” Radhika Vaz (Unladylike).

22. Mohini Dey

Born to jazz fusion and session’s bassist Sujoy Dey and classical singer Romia Dey, music was in her blood. The 23-year-old, who is among India’s youngest female bass guitarists has performed in coveted shows both in India and worldwide.

She showed the world her skills at the 2018 National Association of Music Merchants show in Anaheim, California as well as at the Bass Bash with Australian guitarist Plini and German drummer Marco Minnemann. She is truly a star in the making.

23. Almona Bhatia

The publisher of GQ India, who has a career spanning 25 years in the field of media has become one of the most influential women in India. Her Instagram profile speaks of her travel, the latest fashion trends, what's new in accessories to poems on feminism.

Her love for food and wine, her great sense of men's clothing and being true to herself is what makes her stand out from the rest.

24. Kajal Singh

Kajal Singh aka Dizy started her career as a graffiti artist when no one knew about the art. A well-trained hip-hop dancer, besides being a part-time beauty and fitness blogger, her graffiti work can be seen on the streets of Berlin, her current residence and other places in Europe.

At present, her art work involves a lot of colourful imagery, motivational quotes and cartoon characters. Singh started practising graffiti through the internet where she would check out art works of New York graffiti artists. She also learnt the art from an old school teacher from New York who gave her classes every evening through Skype.

25. Aditi Mittal

“Good girls don't make history, bad girls are always remembered”, so said Aditi Mittal and the fiery queen of comedy proved just that. According to her, bad girl refers to someone who is doing amazing things that can change the world.

Be it playing herself or her two alter egos - Bollywood starlet Dolly Khurana and psychologist/ sexologist Dr Mrs Lutchuke, she carved a niche in the stand-up comedy industry like no other. Having been in the business since 2010, she has truly paved the way for future female stand-up comedians.

26. Rega Jha

Having just founded BuzzFeed at the age of 22, Rega Jha is one of those women who believe in women empowerment to the T. It is her Instagram bio that speaks volumes of her personality, “Goals:  🖊 tell stories 🏽‍♀️ unlearn patriarchy, with you 💓 make the internet kind”.

She has been an active participant on social media where she can be seen voicing her opinions on different societal issues like body positivity, feminism and in addition also active in posting satirical content about the prevailing political problems worldwide.

27. Anahita Dhondy

Having started her culinary dream by enrolling into IHM-Aurangabad, Anahita Dhondy went on to becoming a chef-manager at SodaBottleOpenerWala at the age of 22.  Later on, she became the chef-partner at the popular Parsi restaurant at 28.

Hailing from a family of Parsis settled in Delhi, she is an expert in Parsi and French cuisine. She is a believer of zero-waste and sustainability in the kitchen and is currently researching to write on her Parsi cookbook.

28. Scherezade Shroff Talwar

A former model and a lifestyle blogger, Scherezade Shroff, popularly known as Sherry Shroff has become one of the most influential names in the Indian social circle. A lawyer by education and a fashion model by profession, Shroff’s  Instagram account is a mix of creativity and fun at its best.

From her vast range of DIY hacks on beauty to her motivational posts about life, she's set a great example of the fun, modern woman that we all set out to be.

29. Alisha Abdullah

Racing or modelling with her bike, Alisha Abdullah does it all with grace and confidence. Daughter of famous racer, R. .A Abdullah, a seven-time national champion, it is evident where she gets it from.

Ever since the age of 11, the young biker had been winning go-karting races- “It would not be far-fetched to say that I was born on the race tracks!”, said Abdullah to HerStory. Having won the MRF National Go-Karting Championship in the National Level Formula Car Racing when she was just 13, she is an inspiration for many.

30. Arunima Sinha

Despite having lost one of her legs in an accident, nothing stopped Arunima Sinha from pursuing her passion for mountain-climbing. After a 52-day climb, she reached the top of Mount Everest, thus becoming the first woman amputee to scale the highest peak in the world. It was the year 2013.

Now a 30-year-old, she will soon be seen leaving for Antarctica where she aims to climb on top of Mount Vision. Sinha has truly made India proud.

From Rega Jha having founded Buzzfeed India just at the age of 22 to Anahita Dhondy becoming a Chef Manager at the same age, from Kajal Singh  becoming the first ever Indian woman graffiti artist to Arunima Sinha becoming the first woman amputee to Mount Everest, these women have taught us that age, religion and disabilities are nothing in front of passion and hard work. For these women, every day is women's day and we believe that is how it should be for everyone. Do tell us in the comments below which "cray" inspired you the most?

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