Sabyasachi’s Women’s Day post featuring plus-size model highlighting ‘self confidence’ draws flak online

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Top Indian fashion designer Sabyasachi Mukherjee put out two social media posts on Instagram celebrating International Women’s Day. However, it irked a lot of people online. The celebrated designer collaborated with a plus-size model to send out a message about ‘self-confidence’, but it was this attribute that drew flak online.

“This International Women’s Day, celebrate confidence,” the post read with plus-size model Varshita Thatavarthi donning a magenta lehenga from his collection along with jewels from his heritage jewellery range. “There is nothing more beautiful than self-confidence,” another post from Mukherjee’s official handle was shared celebrating ‘confidence’.

The post received mixed-reactions online and not everyone was impressed. While some questioned why plus-size models don’t feature in his usual campaigns, others criticised the designer for choosing to talk about ‘self-confidence’ only on Women’s Day. Many argued that by highlighting the woman’s only virtue as self-confidence, he was implying that only plus-size models need more encouragement because they lack confidence.