Meet Jagmeet Singh, the Sikh Canadian politico with suits as sharp as his campaign
The Sikh Canadian leader of the New Democratic Party, who is a probable challenger to Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in the 2019 elections, epitomises the new ‘cool’ — and online fashion followers are loving it.fashion and trends Updated: Oct 04, 2017 18:26 IST
If you thought Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is the true love of millennials, then revise that idea. Meet Jagmeet Singh, the 38-year-old Sikh Canadian politician, whose dapper appearance and energetic body language have turned him into an overnight Internet sensation.
Singh, a criminal defence lawyer by training, shot to the limelight online after recently winning the elections within Canada’s New Democratic Party — that makes him the first non-white politician to lead a major party in Canada, and a potential rival to Trudeau in the 2019 national elections. A video of Singh’s graceful response to an angry woman, who accused him of bringing Islamic Sharia law to Canada, went viral.
Amid all this, his style has been noticed. With 87.3k followers on Instagram, and 80.5k followers on Twitter, Singh has become a talking point in the fashion industry.
‘[Singh is] a true representation of what Canada is, a boiling pot of different traditions with a modern outlook’ — designer Anand Bhushan
Delhi-based fashion designer Anand Bhushan says, “I love [his] contemporary men’s fashion, with a bit of quirkiness thrown in with his turban. [Singh is] a true representation of what Canada is, a boiling pot of different traditions with a modern outlook.”
Designer Rina Dhaka has similar thoughts. “Jagmeet represents the modern Sikh very well — elegant with a touch of risk,” she says. “I love turbans, anyway; and on or off the runway, they are the rage now. Additionally, he has the physical attributes of an all-rounder.”
🚲🚴🏾🚲 . I'm out on the west coast for the #ndpldr debate, but I had to work in some #cyclelife while in beautiful Victoria BC . So I organized a group bike tour of Victoria with some awesome friends who came out for the ride! . Whenever I travel, I try to bring my fold up bike and check out the #cycling infrastructure and Victoria has been awesome . As #ndpldr I will take a serious approach to expanding cycling infrastructure in cities across Canada 🚲 . Cycling is not only incredibly fun but a form of active transportation that promotes overall wellness & provides a great way to get around. . Also, shoutouts to NDP MP Gord Johns for his tireless work on a Canadian National Cycling Strategy & for joining the ride today! . #ndpldr
Singh bikes it to work, and is ready to take on Trudeau’s Liberal Party government. “There’s so much swag in how he carries himself,” says stylist Vikram Seth. “I find his style quite unique. He aces the well-tailored suited look with pop-colour turbans. It makes him very fashion-forward.”
Immense honneur de recevoir l’appui d’Hélène Laverdière, Députée de Laurier—Sainte-Marie, p.-parole du NPD pr les affaires étrangères . Hélène est une leader courageuse, respectée par tou.te.s les néo-démocrates au pays. J’ai tjrs du fun avec elle 🙂 . Bienvenue dans l’équipe! Le mois passé, on a passé une super belle journée de la Fête nationale à Montréal ensemble, dans sa circo. de Laurier-St-Marie . Je suis très touché de recevoir l’appui d’Hélène et j’ai vraiment hâte de voir ce qu’on va accomplir, ensemble. De beaux moments en perspective #ndpldr
First Published: Oct 04, 2017 18:18 IST