OH BOY!: Vrinda Bhatnagar
The best part of studying abroad is getting to meet other international students like yourself that make lifelong friends. Vrinda, like me, comes from a warm climate (she's from Indian) and I found that we got along well with each other based on liking similar foods, my interest in her culture and teasing each other, me doing the most teasing, over her obsession with Drake, which she and Kamille share in common. "Vee" as I like to call her, is currently studiyng Fashion Marketing at ESMOD.
When I asked her to tell me about her life as a girl among other interview questions, these were her responses
When I was younger I think I was very energetic and overambitious to a point where surreality sort of clouded me. I didn't really think life came with complications. Now that I'm older, I still remain energetic but I'm not the naive overambitious kid anymore. I put my ambition where I can channel it to make myself stronger.
What makes me proud at all of these stages is that with every obstacle that was thrown at me, I got back up. I never gave up and maybe that's what prompted me to get a warrior tattoo.
TCA: What are you most proud of achieving "for a girl" that society at that time would not have expected / found acceptable?
To be a leader with a fashion sense. A girl boss who can slay the work while rocking an outfit . I don't think the society thought girls were capable of doing that
TCA: Do you believe in today’s idea of a “feminist movement” or do you believe in encouraging girls to participate in, and achieving anything and everything that they set their hearts on?
I don't agree with the feminist movement because I think we have forgotten the sole meaning of this definition. I think it's time we focus more on self-growth and self-enrichment and doing what makes a human happy with regards to not hurting others in this process.
TCA: If there was anything you could say to your 10 year old self, what would it be?
I would tell my 10 year old self to not ever be afraid of being her weird self. To always go out and make as many friends as she can, and to never shy away from accepting that they, like herrself can be weird as well.
TCA: What do you think the most important lesson that women of today should teach girls; the women of tomorrow?
To be happy in their own skin. Today most girls aren't insecure about how they look but moreover how they feel towards themselves on an emotional level. Women of tomorrow should be taught that it is okay to put yourself first because intelligence can only be useful if the body operating it is efficient. And to be efficient you need to first be happy with yourself.