At Zapyle, we celebrate women everyday – fashion is a huge part of our lives after all – but on the occasion of International Women’s Day, we thought we’d celebrate a crop of young Indian women who are currently forces to reckon with in their respective fields. Sports, business, science, television, food, design – these women are at the top of the game and we love it!
So instead of your daily dose of fashion lowdown, we decided to round up a list of these powerhouses for life inspiration. These women are beautiful, entrepreneurial, super stylish and are great sources of inspiration to anyone who wants to make it big. Watch and learn, ladies!
Career: Interior Designer
Delhi-based, and conferred the title of Elite Student by The Florence Academy, Tanya Gyani is an multi-award winning interior designer whose forte includes show homes and residential interiors that she decorates with a blend of tasteful luxury and a personal touch. She’s done up restaurants, houses and bars all the way in UAE, Italy and Nepal. Her design is modern and classy, and has natural and organic influences at the same time.
Career: Tennis Player
Sania Mirza needs no introduction – she’s currently ranked No. 1 in the women’s doubles tennis rankings. All of 29, the sweet girl from Mumbai has already established herself as a sports czarina – she’s had memorable wins over tennis giants like Marion Bartoli as well as former world No. 1 Martina Hingis. What we love about the girl though is her exceptional social contribution in the field of sports – her tennis academy in Hyderabad trains thousands of aspiring sports women. She’s also the first South Asian Woman to be appointed as a UN Women Goodwill Ambassador for South Asia.
Career: Fashion Designer
If you’re even remotely sartorially inclined, chances are you’ve already seen Arpita Mehta’s gorgeous work on the runways, on Pernia’s Pop-Up Shop and flaunted by a slew of your favourite celebrities like Kareena Kaoor, Sonam Kapoor, Yami Gautam, Madhuri Dixit, Soha Ali Khan, Karisma Kapoor and Malaika Arora Khan. With her signature bedazzling mirror work and indo-western creations, the PYT is definitely the next big thing to hit the fashion scene.
Rakhee Kapoor Tandon
Career: Business Entrepreneur
Daughter of Rana Kapoor, the CEO of the fourth largest private sector bank in India, Yes Bank, this entrepreneurial girl has taken only the best qualities from her father. Having worked as an investment banker in the U.S. and an MBA graduate from Wharton School of the University iof Pennsylvania, this 29-year old has been featured on India Today’s list of India’s 25 Most Influential Women – and that’s something!
Career: News Anchor & Journalist
There are few women who’ve made their mark in business television and Shereen is its ‘enigmatic sweetheart’ according to Verve. You might recognize her from CNBC-TV18’s shows like Young Turks and India Business Hour, interviewing leaders like Bill Gates and politicians like Benazir Bhutto, and really getting the scoop! Keep up the good work, girl.
Saara Hameed Ahmed
Hailing from Bangalore, this 27-year old made headlines when she became one of the first Muslim women commercial pilots to be picked by SpiceJet – then all of 21. Always a kid who loved heights, Saara joined a pilot training school in Orlando right after college where a career counselling session with an Australian pilot that sparked the flying bug in her. According to her, gender doesn’t really matter when it comes to a career like this – it’s courage. We hear you!
Career: Food Writer
Considered one of the first food writers to give traditional Indian cuisine a healthy makeover, Anjum has worked in the kitchens of restaurants in New York, New Delhi, and Los Angeles, and also authored a recipe book when she was just 25. She’s also a familiar face on international TV, taking Indian cuisine to fancy places.
Career: Founder, Little Black Book
We bet you all know and love Little Black Book, the best online guide for a happening city life. What you might not know is that Suchita Salwan, all of 24, started it as a Tumblr blog to entertain herself in the Delhi social scene. The lady started small, but owing to her passion and business acumen, the blog-turned website is going places, both in the literal and figurative sense of the word!