Fashion has been my calling ever since I was a kid and even as a little girl I dreamt of having a career in this field.
Sadly so, fashion had always been looked upon as an uncertain and offbeat career option back then, and everyone asked me to first “finish my education and get a corporate job” because that was considered safe, before exploring this field more. Not confident myself because of the taboo attached to it, I decided to put my dreams on hold, and “travel the road taken the most”.
I became the ideal academic topper through most of my education. However, by the time I began my masters, I started feeling really uneasy because this time the guilt of not following what I wanted to do wouldn't leave me alone. I mean I was 21! This was the time to do what I really wanted to do and chase my dreams. I figured the best middle ground between attending college and making my mark in fashion was blogging.
So after a lot of research, I set up a website myself and made a profile on Instagram and started sharing my personal style, my travel photos and things I believed in and thought people would connect to. I was too over joyed with the idea of finally following my dreams that I didn't care about the result but I just kept on working hard, managing my extremely difficult Masters, exams and internships with shooting for my blog and using my pocket money to buy clothes, mostly street shopping at the time because I couldn’t afford expensive clothes. I couldn’t afford a photographer back then so I would ask my friends to quickly take my photos whenever they had the time.
About two months later, Swarovski organised a styling contest with hundreds of bloggers from all over India participating. I wasn't confident enough to participate but my friends made me do it anyway. The first round shortlisted a mere number of 20 bloggers from each city which cut down to 3 teams of 2 all over India and then 1 final team of 2 bloggers won from the whole of India. I won the contest and flew to Paris on an all expense paid trip. I met the Global Creative head of Swarovski and shot for the Swarovski magazine. I also shot for the Grazia India Magazine all over Paris with my blog just 2 months old.
I got back with more than what I had expected and with double the motivation. This contest gave my blog all the needed exposure and it picked up.
People had started recognizing me, and appreciating my style and work and brands started approaching me for work. Everything was well until I started facing problems in college. We had to complete a dissertation based on original economic research and the pressure was building up. Professors started calling me out because I would use my phone in lectures to edit my photos for the blog in order to manage time efficiently during days when I couldn't work on the blog at home because I had to study for exams and I had to attend college because of attendance.
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