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Hey ladies! I love seeing you guys grow. The blog continues to be a favorite for my and many other folks. Keep at it! I'll be releasing a video about women you will love on friday!

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Hey! thanks so much for your messages man! Really good to see you putting up your spoken word online, we’re following it on Instagram and the new video is pretty powerful. Looking forward to seeing more of your stuff, we’ll keep an eye out for the new material :)

- A&Sx

NEELAM JOHAL - “BEING BRITISH DOESN’T JUST MEAN BEING WHITE”

Beautiful BROWNGIRL Neelam Johal caught everyone’s eye when she appeared as part of Burberry’s new campaign earlier this year and was most recently featured in British Vogue’s spread on a new generation of models to watch out for. 

Neelam glistens in this fashion film for Vogue India and her doe-like, chiselled face is endlessly intriguing. Just 18 years old, hailing from the modest suburbs of Coventry, Neelam says she wouldn’t rule out Bollywood films or acting avenues in the future too. 

"Fashion reaches all different ethnicities, and the market is so wide now that customers truly aren’t going to be just one skin tone," she says. "I’m really happy that I’m working for a company that embraces diversity, especially because Burberry’s a British brand and they realize that being British doesn’t just mean being white."  - Teen Vogue

With such rising popularity and a mature outlook, we’ll be looking out for where modelling will take Neelam next. 

Follow her journey and catch her tweeting @NeelamKG  

- S

A TWO-BROWNGIRLS TRIP - GOA 2014 

Many of you might already know (from our bombardment of photos on Instagram) that we flew over to India earlier this year for a brief post-uni respite in sunny, sandy Goa. 

After a 15 hour train journey from Baroda, we arrived and chilled out in a villa complex further into the mainland of the state. Most of our days were spent trying out delicious dishes and exploring the area, including many famous beaches. Our favourites were quieter spots in the North, particularly Mandrem, with it’s endless, wide stretch of clean sand and sparse, chilled-out beach-goers. 

We also managed to go crocodile watching along the eerie, narrow backwaters of Goa, and visit an organic spice farm where we (read: Aaminah) ended up spending half our holiday money buying essential oils and spices we will probably never use. 

After over-eating and getting a bit sick (typical) we decided against the epic train journey home (ten minutes before the train arrived) and haphazardly jumped on a couple of last minute flights back to Aaminah’s home base.

The journey back remains a delirious blur. 

India is always full of jokes and adventures, the best way to enjoy it is to just take the ride!

Hopefully we’ll be embarking on more TWO-BROWNGIRLS TRIPS soon!

Where should we go next?

LUPITA NYONG’O - “YOU CAN’T EAT BEAUTY”

Now that the Oscar hype is dead and gone, let’s not forget about Lupita. But how could we forget her really after this incredible speech at the Essence Awards?

Lupita touches on her own experience of praying constantly for lighter skin when she would be teased and taunted about her darker shade. After her mother told her that she ‘could not rely on how she looked to sustain her’ she told the world, 

"What is fundamentally beautiful is compassion, for yourself and for those around you. That kind of beauty enflames the heart and enchants the soul. I hope that my presence on your screens and in magazines may lead you, young girl, on a similar journey. That you will feel the validation of your external beauty but also get to the deeper business of being beautiful inside, there is no shade to that beauty.

We hope to see more of Lupita this year in new and exciting roles that will move us just as much as her portrayal of Patsy did. 

- S

Hey, I really like reading your articles, keep up the good work. :-)

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- A&Sx

INDIAN WOMEN THROUGH THE AGES

I was left completely mesmerised by these rare photographs of women that were featured on the BBC website last week.

The photos are from a new exhibition in Delhi curated by Tasveer Arts and Cinnamon to highlight how picture technology changed the circulation and portrayal of the female image from the 1850s to the 1950s.

"These photographs take us on a journey from colonial studies of Indian women in the 19th century, to private studio portraits from the early 20th century, and then to iconic and glamorous photographs of Bollywood actresses from the 1940s and 50s."

My favourite has got to be the leaning dancer, just chillin with her quirky shoes on.

- S

Who’s your fave?

THE FRONT ROW: HINDI CINEMA AND FASHION

One of our favourite film critics, Anupama Chopra, seats Sabyasachi, Manish Malhota and Sonam Kapoor to discuss the relationship between fashion and Bollywood.

I wish fashion magazines in India would do a little more to put Indian clothing on the cover. Because what happens is not everybody can carry off Western clothing and you are creating an aspiration that not everybody can reach out to, and that creates a lot of dysfunction in society.”

We all know Sabysachi as a fashion god and creative genius, but whats particularly interesting here is that he seems completely detached from publicity in the world of fashion and comes across in this interview as a shrewd and sharp entrepreneur. Also love how he keeps referring to himself as an ‘outsider to fashion’ -*swoon*

In India, more so than here, fashion is marketed through actresses and personalities which, for us, is far more positive than leaving fashion strictly to models. We think its important for fashion to be attached to real aspirations in order to avoid it becoming solely superficial.

"Fashion has somehow managed to homogenize…it’s very important in the face of criticism to hold your own and maintain your individuality…when you physically become similar, one becomes a replacement for the other"

Click here to watch part two.

- A x 

 Do you guys think that fashion and cinema should remain separate industries?

All religion is bad. People are not bad. Religion is. Religion teaches evil, intolerance, discrimination and hate. People only practice what they are taught. They only know how to act based on what they know. Peope do because thr think it's the right thing to do. People want to be forces of justice, not forces of evil. Religion teaches people to demonize each other, and that the nature of a person is "bad", and must therefore, be "disciplined". All religion is evil. Period.

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Thank you for sharing your valuable advice.

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- Aaminah circa 1999

BADASS BROWN GIRL - KIRAN GANDHI - DRUMMER, BUSINESS WOMAN AND ACTIVIST

"As long as you have a sense of what matters to you, decisions come quite naturally."

We both loved this fantastic TED talk by BROWNGIRL Kiran Gandhi! 

Kiran is simultaneously playing drums for MIA on tour and studying for her MBA at Harvard University. Extremely eloquent, dope and passionate she speaks about her experiences and her theory of ‘Atomic Living’. 

A BROWNGIRL inspiration!

- S