With butterflies in his stomach, donning a saree designed by Abu Jani-Sandeep Khosla, paired with an exaggerated Victorian-sleeved blouse, and uncomfortable high heels, Sarbajit Sarkar, aka Neel Ranaut, nervously started to walk the ramp at a recently held fashion show. Upon seeing the lights focused on him and the crowd cheering for him, Neel decided to let go of all the fear and sashayed down the ramp with panache. For the youngster from Teliamura, a village in Tripura, this was a moment when he forgot judgements, criticism and bullying that he had been facing for expressing himself through feminine, flamboyant fashion.
Neel in Abu Jani- Sandeep Khosla outfit, posing for a Pride Month special photoshoot:
Neel, 26, refers to himself as a ‘Village fashion influencer’ and has over 32K followers (including designers, influencers and celebs) on Instagram. The red carpet looks that he has recreated using material found in and around his house have made him a social media star and…