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Diipa Khosla Shares #DesiInfluencers Of The Week!

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A desi girl who stans other desi girls? We’re here for it! As a prominent digital creator who serves as a significant representation for Indians on the global stage. Moreover, Diipa Khosla is one of our favourite social media queens. In addition to producing exceptional fashion and lifestyle content, she actively advocates for emerging creators through her platform. Recently, she has been featuring a “#desiinfluencers” series in her stories to highlight. Besides, other outstanding and upcoming desi influencers who we believe you would also appreciate. Ready to discover this week’s recommended influencers? Here’s the list and everything Diipa Khosla had to say about them!

“You may recognize her from billboards of the Superga store or her viral tiktoks & reels. Atiqa is taking social platforms by storm & giving us the representation we deserve and have been waiting to see.”

“Arie is the perfect example of beauty and brains! As a content creator, architectural designer, and beauty influencer – Arie shows the multifaceted beauty that comes with being a female! Follow her for fashion, beauty, travel, and makeup content.”

“Need a good laugh? The kind where you felt like you just finished that 10 minute YouTube ab workout? Follow Mithusha for all her comedic reels about desi culture, desi inside jokes and overall what’s it like to grow up in a brown household.”

“Want to experiment with all your favourite make up trends? Sunia has dedicated her page to experimenting with all kinds of brown girl friendly makeup. Besides, so you don’t have to do the work to find the products. However, all you have to do is click follow.”

“2024 In’s: posting what you want, when you want, because you want & Nilu exemplifies this. Follow Nilu for the best insta inspo when it comes to motherhood, beauty and fashion.”

“We probably all loved playing dress up growing up and now we can live it through Manushka. Furthermore, our very own model and fashion creator who posts daily outfit hacks, styles, and variations to style the clothes in your closet. Follow her for simple fashion tips, tricks, and inspo!”

“Want a girl who does it all? Then follow Sitora. From testing different beauty products, sharing fashion outfit inspos. Moreover, all on top of sharing fun & relatable content, what can’t she do?”

And that’s a wrap on her #DesiInfluencers picks for this week! If you want to be featured in @diipakhosla’s stories or want to help your favourite influencer out. However, just tag your photos or share them with her on DM’s!

Wielding a keyboard for a katana for 11+ years, Anusuya is a content samurai by day, slaying mediocrity with creativity. This Calcutta-born and Bengaluru-raised girl spent her formative years in boarding school, reading Enid Blyton under the covers. Her tourism degree makes her a travel writing wiz, but Anusuya loves crafting compelling content across all realms; social media posts that pop to website copy that sells. When she's not hunched over her laptop, you'll find her creating Pinterest boards for her next vacation or binge-watching Asian dramas.

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Seoul Searching: A K-Drama Fan’s Pilgrimage Through Seoul

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Planning a trip to South Korea? First stop? Seoul, of course! Seoul pulses with energy, a vibrant metropolis where ancient palaces brush shoulders with neon skyscrapers. But for K-drama fans, Seoul transforms into a living drama set, brimming with scenes we’ve laughed and cried through. So, lace up your walking shoes and get ready to revisit your favorite K-drama moments on this Seoul adventure!

Itaewon

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Head to Itaewon first! This neighborhood bursts with global energy, a mishmash of trendy bars, BBQ restaurants, and hidden-gem shops. Channel your inner Park Sae-Roy from “Itaewon Class” and grab a drink at the iconic Oriole Bar, with its rooftop boasting city views that steal the show. Be prepared to spot locations from countless other dramas, as this dynamic district serves as a backdrop for all sorts of K-drama stories.

Namsan Tower

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Next, ascend to Namsan Tower, Seoul’s very own love letter to the city. Featured in dramas like “Boys Over Flowers” and “My Love From Another Star,” this iconic tower offers breathtaking 360-degree views. Time your visit for sunset and watch the city transform into a twinkling tapestry of lights – a guaranteed rom-com worthy moment.

Deoksugung Stonewall Walkway

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Calling all “Goblin” and “The Beauty Inside” fans! The Deoksugung Palace Stonewall Walkway is a must-visit. Picture yourself strolling beneath the changing leaves, the fiery hues of autumn or delicate blush of spring framing your perfect K-drama moment. This picturesque path leads you to the Deoksugung Palace and Seoul Museum of Art, making it a delightful stop for both cultural immersion and K-drama nostalgia.

Han River

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The Han River isn’t just a waterway, it’s a silent witness to countless K-drama stories. From the romantic cruises featured in dramas to the heartbreak walks along its banks, the Han River has seen it all. Take a moment to recreate your favorite scene at Yeouido Hangang Park, or simply soak in the beauty of the river, especially during the colorful seasons of spring and autumn.

Lotte World

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Unleash your inner child at Lotte World, a sprawling entertainment complex featuring an indoor theme park and an outdoor wonderland. Go bumper car crazy like Kang Tae-Mu and Shin Ha-Ri from “Business Proposal” or reenact that epic ice-skating scene from “True Beauty.” But wait, there’s more! Lotte World’s Star Avenue is a haven for K-pop and K-drama enthusiasts. Get up close and personal with life-size handprints of your favorite stars, lose yourself in interactive videos, and snag some exclusive fan merch – the ultimate K-drama fan souvenir!

Bukchon Hanok Village

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Travel back in time at Bukchon Hanok Village, a charming neighborhood where traditional Korean houses, called hanoks, line the narrow alleys. This atmospheric spot served as the backdrop for Park Gae-In’s house in “Personal Taste” and has been featured in countless other dramas. Keep your eyes peeled – you might just stumble upon the filming location of your next favorite scene!

Gyeongbokgung Palace

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Seoul boasts several palaces, but Gyeongbokgung Palace reigns supreme. Built during the Joseon Dynasty, this architectural marvel has graced the screens in historical K-dramas like “Kingdom” and “The Moon Embracing the Sun.” Walk through the grand gates and imagine yourself transported into a bygone era, where courtly intrigue and epic love stories unfolded.

This is just a taste of the K-drama treasures Seoul has to offer. So, grab your camera, pack your K-drama essentials (comfortable shoes for all that walking!), and get ready to embark on your very own Seoul searching adventure!

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Nancy Tyagi – The Small Town Influencer Who Cannes Do It!

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“Mera dream bhi nahi tha itna bada”, said Nancy Tyagi dressed in the self-stitched outfit on the red carpet of the 77th Cannes Film Festival. Her words were honest, genuine and heartfelt. As soon as the pictures and video snippets of her red carpet debut were out. Furthermore, everyone on the internet applauded her and rightly so. She absolutely nailed it. 

Nancy spoke confidently, giving details of how she designed and stitched her voluminous pink ruffled gown. It took over 1000 meters of fabric, 30 days and weighed around 20 kg. (for the record, sometimes we have celebrities who don’t even recollect the designer of the outfit they are wearing)!

It was her day, Nancy Tyagi completely owned the red carpet, no matter who walked before, after or beside her, she shined bright like a diamond. (Ohh, it does have a sort of influence of Rihanna’s Giambattista Valli gown at the Grammy, but we like Nancy’s version way better, inspired or not inspired) As they as, Nancy’s look is for the books and fashion books at that.


Look 1

As she dropped a video about her second look, all jaws collectively were on the floor. It is everything. It’s giving glamour and how. She (like always) self-stitched this sort of backless hooded sari-gown. The video shows her sourcing the fabric from a local shop and then turning it into this showstopper piece. It is an absolute serve. 

Look 2

Looking at her pictures and her story, reminded me of someone else. Someone absolutely phenomenal, who represented India on a global platform. Besides, made us all proud & continues to be a role model for millions.

When Sushmita Sen participated in Miss India back in 1994, competing with Aishwarya Rai was not the only apprehension. She knew being a middle-class girl she couldn’t afford designer gowns. With the support and belief of her mother, Sushmita too sourced fabric from a local market (Delhi) handed it over to a tailor and instructed them, “Dekho bhaiya, TV pe aane wala hai, accha banana.” Her mother made flowers from leftover fabric that adorned her gown and cut socks to make them gloves. It was her winning outfit that night.

Nancy Tyagi’s journey from outfits from scratch and content creation to Cannes is sewed similarly or rather it is much more challenging. Born in Baranwa, UP and now based in Delhi, Nancy has to rely on talent. Moreover, her belief and her will to make her mother proud. We are sure the pressure of being at Cannes, walking alongside famous creators must have been daunting. But she just like Sushmita, conquered and made a remarkable debut. (Cannes is synonymous for us Indians as Aishwarya Rai Bachchan’s red-carpet appearances. Furthermore, no matter how many celebrities have walked the carpet before or after her. Nancy with her appearance left everyone talking positively, and applauding her and which is a big feat to achieve).

Earlier this year, in my Women’s Day story, I covered Nancy Tyagi and wrote, ‘Her Videos are a guidebook for all the young girls & boys to watch & learn if you are consistent and disciplined, you will get there sooner or later. One can see the transition in her confidence through the content & can be sure of all the greater things she will accomplish in future.” 

Now seeing her at Cannes, like many on the internet, I too feel like a personal win.

It was no longer about the outfit or the styling or the makeup. It was about a young girl who began the journey of content creation to support her mother. However, now stood dazzling on one of the biggest red carpets globally.

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Luna Yogini: A Life Woven Between Korea and India

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Imagine a young girl with eyes that sparkle with the spirit of two cultures. This is Dasom Her, or Luna Yogini as the world knows her – a captivating fusion of Korean heritage and an Indian soul. This popular Korean creator in India currently has 104K followers on Instagram and 95.5K subscribers on her YouTube channel. Since we love her content, we thought we’d share her story with you too!

From Korea to India

Dasom’s journey began in South Korea, but destiny had something far grander in store. At the tender age of five, she found herself on a plane to India with her mother, a yoga enthusiast who had been captivated by the magic of Indian philosophy. This wasn’t just a move; it was a leap of faith. Moreover, a decision fueled by love for a new land and its ancient wisdom.

Life, however, can be an unpredictable dance. Soon after arriving, Dasom’s world shifted when her father passed away. Her mother, ever the pillar of strength, decided to raise Dasom in the vibrant embrace of India. This decision proved to be the seed of Dasom’s extraordinary life.

India wasn’t foreign; it felt like home from the very start. The sights, sounds, and smells seeped into her soul. Here, she found solace and a way to express herself through the grace of classical dance forms like Bharatnatyam and Manipuri. Each movement became a conversation with her new reality. However, a way to weave her Korean spirit into the fabric of Indian culture.

Speaking Bengali Like A Native (& Some Hindi and Nagamese too)

But Dasom’s journey wasn’t limited to artistic expression. Her love for India went deeper. Luna Yogini dived headfirst into learning Bengali, the language that pulsed with the rhythm of her adopted home. This wasn’t just about communication; it was a way to connect with the soul of India. Her fluency, a testament to her dedication, became a bridge between cultures.

Watch this reel in which Dasom and her mother, express their love for Kolkata and demonstrate their fluency in Bengali:

Life in Shantiniketan

Shantiniketan, the idyllic educational haven established by Rabindranath Tagore, became her next stop. Here, at Patha Bhavana, a Bengali medium school, Dasom blossomed. Nestled under the open sky, surrounded by whispering trees. Besides, she discovered a love for Sanskrit and a profound appreciation for nature’s nurturing embrace.

Later, her Master’s degree in Social Work took her beyond the familiar. Venturing into rural India, Dasom witnessed a life lived in harmony with nature. The villagers’ simplicity, their connection to the land, and their ability to find joy in the everyday resonated deeply with her. This experience became a precious gem in her treasure chest of life lessons. Furthermore, reminding her of the beauty that lies in living simply and cherishing the little things.

From Immigrant Child to Imminent Creator

Dasom’s story isn’t just about her; it’s a bridge between cultures. Having witnessed Korea’s growing fascination with India, from initial unfamiliarity to a burgeoning interest in yoga and Indian cuisine, she embodies the changing tides of cultural exchange. However, She’s actually amongst quite a few other South Koreans who love. Furthermore, and embraced India as their second home over the years.

In her vlogs, Dasom shares a lot of her daily life and experiences in India. However, Her ability to pick up other Indian languages like Hindi and, surprisingly even Nagamese, tell a lot about her! Go watch her channel to see snippets of her life as she roams through Bengal and Nagaland with her friends.

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Today, Dasom, the author of “Be You” and the content creator known as Luna Yogini, inspires others to embrace their authentic selves. Moreover, Her journey is a testament to the fact that love knows no cultural boundaries. Besides, self-discovery can blossom in the most unexpected of places.

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