We have all been informed we resemble one superstar or one other, however hardly ever does that likeness result in a thriving modeling profession prefer it has within the case of Renee Kujur. Born in Chhattisgarh, India, and now based mostly in New Delhi, the 23-year-old has been reserving runway reveals and photograph shoots greater than ever now that individuals have seen she’s principally Rihanna’s doppelgänger. “I laughed off the Rihanna half. However quickly, everybody was saying the identical factor,” she informed the Hindustan Instances. Nonetheless, there is a very disturbing cause Kujur wasn’t getting extra modeling work earlier than photographers and purchasers seen her resemblance to the music and make-up mogul.
Kujur recalled to the Hindustan Instances how a make-up artist as soon as mentioned, “Sundar ladki ka make-up toh koi bhi kar sakta hai [Anyone can do the make-up for a beautiful girl]. The true problem is to make a darkish lady look good, and I’ve accomplished it.” It isn’t an unusual outlook on magnificence in India, the place ladies with darker pores and skin are sometimes shamed into utilizing skin-lightening lotions with a purpose to match an antiquated magnificence customary.
Kujur believes she initially wasn’t reserving many roles on account of her darker pores and skin, and when she did guide shoots, she’d discover that her pores and skin can be Photoshopped to look lighter. As soon as the resemblance to one of the vital well-known ladies on the planet was seen and broadly agreed upon, nonetheless, issues modified. “With such a deep-rooted prejudice in individuals’s thoughts, it might’ve been very robust to get work. The Rihanna issue turned out to be a blessing,” defined Kujur, who has even made her Instagram deal with @badgalrene as a nod to Rihanna’s, @badgalriri. “Photographers would inform their purchasers that I resemble Rihanna. That approach, it was simpler to persuade them. Nobody may deny that Rihanna was stunning.”
It is unlucky that it takes the recognition of a star to chip away at this type of discrimination, however Kujur is grateful for what distinction it does make in each her profession and in wider perceptions of magnificence in India. “Rihanna has already satisfied those that she’s attractive and exquisite, and the West is loopy about her. If I resemble her, how can I be unattractive? That’s how our thoughts works. I don’t know the place I’d’ve landed with out Rihanna,” Kujur mentioned. “Few are keen to bend guidelines. For most individuals, magnificence strictly means honest pores and skin. It’ll take time to rewrite norms, however I’m completely satisfied that I’m a part of the change.”
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