Priyanka Chopra recently donned a golden bedazzling saree for the cover of Instyle US magazine.
The saree was styled without a choli/blouse and desi trolls were like ah, yes, finally some cause to validate our existence.
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Fashion is such an important part of global culture, often arising from centuries of tradition, and doesn’t go out of style when the seasons change. The ‘Saree’ is one of the most iconic and recognized silhouettes from India. To me, its beauty lies in its versatility, not just in drape and fabric. It embodies elegance, femininity, and power, and I love how I feel when I’m wearing one. I’m so proud to be wearing a @Taruntahiliani saree on @instylemagazine’s July cover! Thank you @laurabrown99 for being such an amazing creative partner, and for sharing some of India’s incredible fashion with the world. #IndianSummer #ProudDesi (Link to the story in bio)
Priyanka posted the cover with a caption that delineated the significance of saree in Indian culture and tradition-
Fashion is such an important part of global culture, often arising from centuries of tradition, and doesn’t go out of style when the seasons change. The ‘Saree’ is one of the most iconic and recognized silhouettes from India.
Trolls being trolls felt an immediate need to impose their understanding of a 'saree' on PeeCee, resulting in your average slut-shaming, name-calling, and slandering.
Blouse also, my dear Priyanka!— Shakuntala Iyer (@shakkuiyer) June 5, 2019
Utilising their valuable time, the trolls pointed out 'where is the saree' or 'where is the blouse'?
Huh ....— reachaj (@reachaj1) June 5, 2019
Sorry but where is the fakin Saree ??
So this is the change you want to bring, NO BLOUSE with saree...!!! 🙄😝🤣— रेणु 😊🇮🇳 (@RenMishra) June 6, 2019
Fashion nowadays is all about how much you can show your body instead of focusing on cloth.— Subham Gangdeb (@SubhamGangdeb) June 5, 2019
The 'saree-inspectors' oh-so-valiantly protected our 'culture' by shaming PeeCee for wearing this choli-less saree.
I mean, of course, the freedom of choice means crap to us.
Some of the sensible netizens had to come up and point out that choli-less sarees have been a way of clothing in India.
To those taking a dig at Priyanka Chopra’s blouse-less saree,— Shubhrastha (@Shubhrastha) June 6, 2019
blouse was introduced to Indian women by the British. Even today many women in rural India wear sarees without blouses. I have seen so many in my travel across Jharkhand, Odisha, Bengal.Pic of tribal woman from Sukma: pic.twitter.com/6ngK48j3Oy
I neither suggest ‘PC=women in rural areas’ nor do i endorse or reject her choice (who am i?). That blouses were uncommon till as late as my mom’s wedding in the 60s, that kanchuki is but not a well stitched blouse are matters of historical research. I merely stated what i know.— Shubhrastha (@Shubhrastha) June 6, 2019
Tarun Tahiliani, whose designer saree PeeCee wore, also came forward to voice his opinion. He told Mid Day-
There's nothing vulgar about it. In fact, not using a choli makes it a global statement. The transition from alluring Indian beauty to this modern goddess for a mainstream fashion cover only speaks of her [Priyanka] versatility. She is truly a modern Indian icon.
No, we are not doing this dance again. We are not even going to dignify slut-shaming with a response.