Gender bender: Why are Ranveer Singh and Jaden Smith wearing skirts?

  • Snigdha Ahuja, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Feb 02, 2016 17:38 IST
Don’t skirt away from the facts, here’s why Ranveer Singh is dressing like a woman.

If Hollywood actor Will Smith’s son Jaden going to prom wearing a dress had you wide-eyed, you’d be surprised that our very own Ranveer Singh has sported a nose ring on the cover of a magazine.

Jaden has also been appointed as the face of a luxury label’s womenswear line and recently posed for a magazine cover flaunting a skirt with a flower perched behind his ear. The question is, are we finally moving towards blurring gender-boundaries in fashion?

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“We are conservative when it comes to men experimenting in fashion. By taking the risk of sporting something like a nose ring and being comfortable and confident about it, actor Ranveer Singh is laying the grounds for a new kind of masculinity. By doing this, he is expanding the boundaries of what is typically considered manly. It’s also about judging a little less,” says designer Nachiket Barve.

Jaden Smith poses for a Louis Vuitton campaign

Designer Anand Bhushan is happy with the change and is optimistic. “I like how a mainstream superstar has finally made a move in this direction, I hope gender lines are blurred soon,” he says. For designer duo Hemant-Nandita, Indian fashion is on the gender-bender path already: “We see gender fluidity seep into shoots as we get more experimental with fashion for both men and women. We are moving towards blurring these lines between conventionally feminine and masculine clothes.”

However, for designer Anupama Dayal, the move is not too viable for Indian runways. ‘Gender-stereotyping in terms of fashion is tougher to break out of. I’d love to see designers do such experiments on the ramp as well, but many will re-think it because it might not have a big commercial audience,” she says.

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