#IWDXKOOVS Q&A

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  • 7 March 2018

 

Happy International Women’s Day! Here at KOOVS.COM we’re all about empowering women, with more than just their style choices. On this special day, it’s all about bringing women together and celebrating our varied successes, so the KOOVS.COM team spoke to 6 leading career ladies. Read below, and get ready to feel inspired.

 

 

Pallavi AKA That Delhi Girl shares her multifaceted interests to a dedicated audience, who follow her every move. From fashion, to food and travel - she’s a content creator leading the way.

 

WHAT DOES INTERNATIONAL WOMEN'S DAY MEAN TO YOU?

 

I believe every woman is doing things big enough in life. It might not be even acknowledged forget appreciated at times, but every home has at least one woman who’s the pillar of strength and holds everything together. Even professionally I doubt there’s anything women aren’t doing now. For me, international women’s day is about celebrating all this and every small & big achievement of each woman!

 

SUMMARISE YOUR CAREER JOURNEY IN 5 WORDS?

 

A very exciting rollercoaster ride!

 

WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE YOUNG WOMEN TRYING TO BREAK THE INDUSTRY?

 

Don't let anyone tell you what you can or can not do. Have faith in yourself, you’re more capable than you think you are.

 

WHO ARE THE WOMEN WHO INSPIRE YOU DAILY? 

 

I know it may sound like a cliche but my mom! The values she gave us (me and my siblings) and how she inspires me to be a better human being & be kind and hardworking & never give up. I even get my optimism in life from her. Whatever I am, I give full credits to her! Also my mother in law, how she balances her work & personal life it’s commendable. I am lucky to have such strong women in my life.

 

TELL US ABOUT YOUR PERSONAL STYLE?

 

Modern chic & experimental

 

HOW DO YOU DRESS TO FEEL LIKE A #GIRLBOSS? 

 

How do I dress to feel like a boss? Well, being my own boss gives me the freedom to wear whatever I want, so that freedom in itself is good enough for me, because trust me I have worked in the corporate for almost 3 years and I hated the strict formal dressing policies haha! Besides that, I wear my confidence.

 

 

As the Editor of Grazia India, Mehernaaz is responsible for some of the industry’s best covers and on-the-pulse fashion journalism.

 

WHAT DOES INTERNATIONAL WOMEN'S DAY MEAN TO YOU?

 

I believe every day is yours to conquer.

 

SUMMARISE YOUR CAREER JOURNEY IN 5 WORDS?

 

Challenging, exciting, grounding, experimentative, and dynamic.

 

WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE YOUNG WOMEN TRYING TO BREAK THE INDUSTRY?

 

Be unique, be yourself.

 

TELL US ABOUT YOUR PERSONAL STYLE?

 

Easy, high on comfort. I dress to suit my mood.

 

HOW DO YOU DRESS TO FEEL LIKE A #GIRLBOSS?

 

As long as I feel like myself.

 

 

Gauri Kohli is a leader in luxury PR, having worked with leading global brands from Estée Lauder Companies to M.A.C, her knowledge of the industry is unparalleled.

 

WHAT DOES INTERNATIONAL WOMEN'S DAY MEAN TO YOU?

 

It's a day to celebrate with pride the strengths and achievements of women and also stand up for our rights, raise the noise on gender equality and female empowerment!

 

SUMMARISE YOUR CAREER JOURNEY IN 5 WORDS?

 

Loving & leading in luxury PR. 

 

WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE YOUNG WOMEN TRYING TO BREAK THE INDUSTRY?

 

Be passionate! Work smart not just hard. Keep learning and bringing fresh ideas to what you do.

Most importantly, NETWORK. It ’s not just what you deliver but how you deliver and who you know; connections can open a gamut of new possibilities.

 

 

WHO ARE THE WOMEN WHO INSPIRE YOU DAILY?

 

Archana Jain (the Founder/Director-PR PUNDIT), Anne Muhlethaler (until recently she used to head Global Communications at Christian Louboutin) and all my young colleagues at PR PUNDIT  

 

 

TELL US ABOUT YOUR PERSONAL STYLE?

 

Classic yet chic!

 

HOW DO YOU DRESS TO FEEL LIKE A #GIRLBOSS?

 

I love a classic shift/drape dress or a white shirt, paired with formal pants and heels. Accessories, Makeup and a good fragrance are also very important in making me feel like a #Girl Boss

 

 

Gauri and Nainika are firm favourites here at KOOVS.COM (check out our collab here), their elegant feminine fashion is perfect for the modern woman.

 

WHAT DOES INTERNATIONAL WOMEN'S DAY MEAN TO YOU?

 

I think it’s a reason for women to come together globally and celebrate womanhood, girl power and everything good. Whether it’s pushing for equal rights or celebrating being a mother or career success.

 

SUMMARISE YOUR CAREER JOURNEY IN 5 WORDS?

 

Challenging, exciting, inspiring, gratifying and humbling.

 

WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE YOUNG WOMEN TRYING TO BREAK THE INDUSTRY?

 

There are lots of options out of there for young women today. Specifically, within the fashion industry, we feel everyone has their own special qualities. Everyone has something different that they bring to the table be it a skill in shoes, jewellery, accessories design.

 

One could be a fashion illustrator or a computer designer or a graphics person. The key is to pick a niche and do what you love.

 

WHO ARE THE WOMEN WHO INSPIRE YOU DAILY?

 

We’re inspired by so many women and we work with such successful women day on day. To name a few: Ambika Pillai, Aparna Bahl and Anita Dongre.

 

TELL US ABOUT YOUR PERSONAL STYLE?

 

In the day my personal style speaks comfort. Anything that I could run around in and work the day especially in a place like Delhi. However, we love to dress up at night in elegant gowns, retro and quirky prints. We absolutely love fashion and glamour.

 

HOW DO YOU DRESS TO FEEL LIKE A #GIRLBOSS?

 

I  don’t think you have to dress in a particular way to be a boss; you don’t have to be in a suit and heels to feel like one. Even a small designer who is handling ten people and leading a team is a #GIRLBOSS in her own right.

 

 

Sonavi, CEO of Neemrana hotels, is reinventing the hospitality industry in India. For inspiration on how to smash the glass ceiling, look no further.

 

WHAT DOES INTERNATIONAL WOMEN'S DAY MEAN TO YOU?

 

It makes one think of women’s contribution to various fields across the world and the power within us to create, multi-task and wear the different hats that we do 24x7.

 

SUMMARISE YOUR CAREER JOURNEY IN 5 WORDS?

 

Perseverance, responsibility, teamwork, integrity and leadership.

 

WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE YOUNG WOMEN TRYING TO BREAK THE INDUSTRY?

 

Trust your own instincts and capabilities. Don’t copy or try and become someone else- they’ve had a different childhood, education, personality and panache. Likewise, no one else can become you even if they tried!

 

WHO ARE THE WOMEN WHO INSPIRE YOU DAILY?

 

Both my grandmothers have played a vital role in my upbringing as they were ahead of their times. My Dadi (paternal grandmother) taught me to do for others and give selflessly especially to those in need. From my Nani (maternal grandmother) I learnt to chase the golf ball & enterprise! She was the one that started the Neemrana jams in the Ramgarh orchards and taught the local people in the hills to create a living for themselves out of a hobby.

 

My mother continues to inspire and amaze me every single day with her love for life, family, work, travelling and how she balances different aspects of life and fulfils her duties with such eternal grace.

 

TELL US ABOUT YOUR PERSONAL STYLE?

 

I like to be many women: wife, mother, daughter and bahu, but hardcore efficient at work. My style varies in the different roles, I think. I dress simply at work and enjoy traditional Indian wear for family events and occasions. Heirloom sarees are a current favourite!

 

HOW DO YOU DRESS TO FEEL LIKE A #GIRLBOSS?

 

I like to wear the pants – literally!

 

 

Neha Tulsian, a London College of Communication alumnus with a decade of design experience under her belt knows that hard work pays off.

 

WHAT DOES INTERNATIONAL WOMEN'S DAY MEAN TO YOU?

 

Be yourself, voice your opinion on a regular basis, you don’t need a day to fight for your rights. Fight for it every day.

 

SUMMARISE YOUR CAREER JOURNEY IN 5 WORDS?

 

Nothing comes easy. Work Hard.

 

WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE YOUNG WOMEN TRYING TO BREAK THE INDUSTRY?

 

Learn something new every day. Be persistent. Be patience. Work Hard. Never give up.

 

WHO ARE THE WOMEN WHO INSPIRE YOU DAILY?

 

My mother and sister. One phone call to my mother and I’m inspired enough to spring back into action.

 

TELL US ABOUT YOUR PERSONAL STYLE?

 

My Personal style is all about comfort. I always choose comfort over style.

 

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