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Sep 13, 2020 03:04 PM IST

Meet Diipa Khosla: the first Indian influencer to make it big internationally. Here’s how she is using her clout to change lives too

“If anyone had been able to tell a pimpled little girl that she would be the first Indian influencer to walk the Cannes Film Festival or have her picture on a billboard in Piccadilly Circus as the face of Maybelline… If anyone had told that teenager afraid of speaking in public or in English, that one day she would address the British House of Commons on International Women’s Day, she would never have believed a word of it!”

Indian influencer Diipa Khosla has over a million followers on Instagram and has featured on seven international magazine covers. Wardrobe: Sari and blouse, Vedika M; earrings, Sunta Shekhawat; Art direction: Amit Malik; Make-up & hair: Anuj Dogra; Location courtesy: Hyatt Regency Delhi(Hari Nair)
Indian influencer Diipa Khosla has over a million followers on Instagram and has featured on seven international magazine covers. Wardrobe: Sari and blouse, Vedika M; earrings, Sunta Shekhawat; Art direction: Amit Malik; Make-up & hair: Anuj Dogra; Location courtesy: Hyatt Regency Delhi(Hari Nair)
Diipa feels the word ‘influencer’ is misused at this time. Wardrobe: Gown, Rahul Mishra; jewellery, Sunita Shekhawat (Hari Nair)
Diipa feels the word ‘influencer’ is misused at this time. Wardrobe: Gown, Rahul Mishra; jewellery, Sunita Shekhawat (Hari Nair)
“I would much rather be called a new-age digital celebrity” –Diipa Khosla
After finishing a bachelor’s degree in international human rights law, Diipa moved to London for her masters. Wardrobe: Gown, Pankaj & Nidhi (Hari Nair)
After finishing a bachelor’s degree in international human rights law, Diipa moved to London for her masters. Wardrobe: Gown, Pankaj & Nidhi (Hari Nair)
The biggest obstacles Diipa had to overcome on the global stage were the colour of her skin and her gender. Wardrobe: Outfit and jacket, Rahul Mishra (Hari Nair)
The biggest obstacles Diipa had to overcome on the global stage were the colour of her skin and her gender. Wardrobe: Outfit and jacket, Rahul Mishra (Hari Nair)
(Clockwise from top left) Diipa during her wedding with Dutch diplomat Oleg Büller, in Udaipur; Attending David Koma London’s 10th anniversary show, 2019; As the face of MAC cosmetics; At the Milan Fashion Week, 2020
(Clockwise from top left) Diipa during her wedding with Dutch diplomat Oleg Büller, in Udaipur; Attending David Koma London’s 10th anniversary show, 2019; As the face of MAC cosmetics; At the Milan Fashion Week, 2020
“Influencers should focus on community building!” –Diipa Khosla
Diipa’s picture on a billboard in Piccadilly Circus, as the face of Maybelline
Diipa’s picture on a billboard in Piccadilly Circus, as the face of Maybelline
(Clockwise) On the covers of Brides UK, and Condé Nast Traveller India and Grazia Pakistan; Diipa at the premiere of Lion King, July 2019
(Clockwise) On the covers of Brides UK, and Condé Nast Traveller India and Grazia Pakistan; Diipa at the premiere of Lion King, July 2019
“What makes me unique is my identity, my culture and my beautiful skin tone” –Diipa Khosla
In 2019, Inflow, the world’s largest influencer platform, recognised Diipa as ‘The Changemaker Influencer of 2019’
In 2019, Inflow, the world’s largest influencer platform, recognised Diipa as ‘The Changemaker Influencer of 2019’
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