Recently, on Women’s Day, Indian designer Sabyasachi shared two posts on social media starring a plus-size model.
The posts were accompanied by the message that nothing is more beautiful than confidence.
However, the post did not go down well with the netizens, who called out the designer for his apparently dual standards.
People commented that the post suggested that curvier women needed more confidence. They also called him out for not using plus-size models in his past campaigns and for only using ‘self-confidence’ as a theme for woman’s day.
Sabyasachi put a plus-size model on their IG which is absolutely fantastic but the caption’s abt being confident & I’m tired of photos of plus-size or dark-skinned people always being used as confidence porn. Rarely see this context around pics of skinny and light skinned models.— Imaan Sheikh 🌈 (@sheikhimaan) March 9, 2019
Beautiful post @sabya_mukherjee but why don’t your models look like this everyday? Why only on Women’s day? #oppurtunist #sabyasachi #HappyWomensDay pic.twitter.com/rS7M6DbxRc— Sarandha Parmar (@SarandhaP) March 8, 2019
However, another section of the audience believed that it was commendable that Sabyasachi was finally celebrating women who were not ‘traditionally skinny’.
Sabyasachi finally did something!— pri (@_AgarTumSaathHo) March 8, 2019
He should have brown and plus size models in his collections year round, not just on Women's day. For a label that celebrates desi wear, he hires a lot of white models.
Anyway, this is beyond gorgeous 😍 pic.twitter.com/4AJbWZyV0X
It is important to remember that women of different sizes, colours, and ethnicities, need to be respected, admired, and celebrated everyday, and not just on a particular day for a particular reason.