Fashion designer Swapnil Shinde comes out as Sashia
Bollywood designer Swapnil Shinde, who has worked with many celebrated actors in the industry — including the likes of Kiara Advani, Shraddha Kapoor, Katrina Kaif, Kareena Kapoor Khan, Deepika Padukone, to name a few — has come out as a transwoman.
Shinde took to Instagram and wrote a long post, wherein they implied they may be addressed as ‘Saisha’, which means “a meaningful life”.
“All through school and college, while the boys outside tormented me because I was different, the internal pain was far worse,” they wrote in the post. “I felt suffocated living in a reality that I knew wasn’t mine, yet one that I had to stage everyday because of societal expectations and norms. It was only in my early 20s at NIFT where I found the courage to accept my truth; I truly bloomed.”
“I spent the next few years believing that I was attracted to men because I was gay, but it was only 6 years ago that I finally accepted to myself, and today that I accept to you. I’m not a gay man. I am a transwoman.”