Transgenders are always eluded in the society, considered as living embarrassments,sometimes as evil representations by people among us. We fail to understand what they go through, why they behave like their opposite genders, basically we forget that they are also human beings. Maya Menon and Gauri Savithri were two among those good tiny souls who were born as male but later identified as female souls trapped in male’s body. Disowned by family members, often mocked and bullied by the people around, both had a very troubled bring up.
There comes Sharmila Nair who decided to introduce both of them as her models to represent her new brand “Mazhavil” which is inspired from rainbow flag which represents LGBT community all over the world.
“During the time I was planning my new collection, I happened to read about Kerala Government’s initiatives for the equal rights of transgenders. I started to read more about them and decided to do what I am capable of for a positive change”. It was not an easy decision for her, the well wishers of the brand discouraged and warned her saying it will kill the reputation of the brand, not just that the photo shoot with the new models was also a difficult task for the famous designer who is in the business for years. People were not allowing her to use their properties to shoot, make up artistes refused to work for them. And finally she is here, fighting against all the odds, draped her sarees on these beautiful models and giving the members of similar gender a new ray of hope.