Women are oppressed in India, and have been for as long as recorded history serves us. With the advent of Islam in India in the Mughal period, several notions of ‘purda’ and ‘hijab’ made its way to the local Indian women. It happened in the form of clothes such as salwar-kurta and dupatta. It became the most preferred attire for women. Earlier, hindu women were known to let their bosoms remain uncovered as they often wore sarees which were mostly wrapped around their waists with one end going over the shoulder. As the time progressed, so did the fashion and rights of women. For a long time, in the patriarchal order under the Islamic rulers, women were given little freedom to do as appeased them, but now in the year 2016, times have changed remarkably, however, a ghost of the previous restrictions still exist for the women in our country.
‘Don’t go out after sunset’, ‘Don’t talk to boys’, ‘Don’t wear short clothes’, ‘Get married quickly or what will the society think?’…these kind of oppressive words are still being spoken every day to women along with countless other small tidbits which put a question of the extent of freedom granted to women. To break such stereotypes which shackle the modern Indian women, several media platforms are being used to promote education for girls, equality in the work space, and women empowerment.
Anouk by Myntra is one such venture which utilizes digital media to shed light on such issues while promoting their apparel which are created for the modern Indian women. ‘Bold is Beautiful’ is one such campaign which focuses solely on issues relating to inequality between men and women, showcasing how a powerful message can be communicated by a woman who is confident in her demeanor and unstoppable in her pursuits. Anouk offers a variety of bold, ethnic wear for women who do not give into external pressures and stand up for themselves in a world that is frequently learning to respect people who do.