A Nepali last week became the first
transgender model to walk the runway at a major Indian fashion show.
Anjali Lama, 32, is the first
transgender model to appear at India's Lakme Fashion Week in Mumbai.
In interviews, she said that she was
bullied as a child and continued to face discrimination as an adult.
“Being the first transgender model
[to appear in India] makes me extremely happy,” Lama
told the AFP. “I have struggled a lot as a transgender model
“The name I carved out as the first
transgender model wasn't an easy process. I had to work hard,
mentally handle lots of stress and pressure.”
She added that she hopes her success
will inspire other victims of gender identity discrimination.
“Some transgender people may feel
scared to come out. If they come out after being inspired by me,
thinking 'I can be like her' and are then able to believe in
themselves, that would make me very proud,” Lama said.