Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Sisterhood of the Traveling Dupatta

One of the main privileges that comes with blogging is making e-friends. Growing up, I always struggled to find representation out in the world of someone who looked like me - that is, a plus sized South Asian. Now, there are obviously women I'd meet in my day to day life who were South Asian and also plus sized - but I'm talking representation in the maintream or in the online blogosphere.

When I first started blogging, which is now going on 5 years which is bananas, I was pretty novel. There wasn't much out there in terms of plus sized South Asian representaton. But as my presence/time on the internet (on tumblr, in particular) grew, I became friends with many amazing South Asian babes, both plus sized and not, via the internet who I've had the pleasure of getting to know through their posts, photos and messages.

Its amazing that the internet can foster community-building in such a real way, and for me to have the ability to share my experiences and learn about others' experiences - especially others who come from backgrounds similar to mine- is truly an amazing thing.

So, with all that being said, a few months back a few of my wonderful blogger babes and I decided to start the Sisterhood of the Traveling Dupatta (obviously stealing from the wonderfully cheesy coming of age series, Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants). A dupatta is essentially a scarf worn by South Asian women with their outfits or as a head-covering, which I'm sure many of you have seen at one point or another. So far, I'm the third recipient of the dupatta, and look forward to passing it along to another wonderful South Asian babe that has impacted my experience on social media.

Lips- Diva by MAC || Blush - Orange by Ben Nye
Cardigan - Forever 21+ || Skirt - New Look Inspire || Chukka Boots - Naturalizer