Shah Rukh Khan’s daughter Suhana Khan featured on the cover of Vogue India magazine and created the most unexpected debate on the social media. From conversations over nepotism to her being a star kid, many questions were raised by the netizens on what has she exactly achieved in her life to get ‘featured’ on the cover of Vogue India. People brutally slammed the magazine and Suhana Khan for the cover, even Janhvi Kapoor has to face a lot of backlash for her cover shoot in the magazine.
It brings us to a crucial question. Are these ‘star kids’ really deserving? What exactly they have done to get featured in the magazine cover? In fact, we believe that there are many Indian women who have established themselves tremendously in their fields and thus deserves a place on the cover of this leading magazine in India. From sports to Indian cinema, these women have not only accomplished great achievements in their lives but also have made India proud every now and then. Take a look at these women who deserve to on the cover of any leading magazine in India:
1. Nandita Das
One of the most outstanding actresses in the film industry, Nandita Das has worn many hats in her life. An actor and director, she has been a woman to reckon with. Not only the actress has many awards for her stellar performances, she has also fought against colorism in the Indian film industry. Her “Dark is Beautiful” campaign aims to draw attention to ills of discrimination on basis of skin color in India. Nandita Das has represented India on the jury of Cannes Film Festival twice. Also, she was the first Indian to be inducted in the International Hall of Fame of the International Women’s Forum in Washington DC.
2. Geeta Tandon
With minimal training, this woman has emerged to be one of the most famous stuntwomen in the Bollywood. Geeta Tandon has survived domestic violence and sexual abuse from her child marriage at the age of 16. Her tomboyish attitude made her stand out from the crowd and she went on to become one of the leading stuntwomen in the Indian film industry. Today, this lady has made a lifestyle for herself that everyone dreams of!
3. Anny Divya
In 2017, this Indian pilot became the youngest woman commander in the world to fly a Boeing 777, the largest twin-jet in the world. Anny Divya battled the stereotypes in the society to fulfill her ambitions. At the age of 17, she joined the pilot training academy in UP and later she was recruited by Air India when she was only 19. After which at the age of 21, she started to learn to fly a Boeing 737 and then there was no looking back. She indeed made the country proud!
4. Seema Rao
Even India has its Wonder Woman in the name of Seema Rao who is the country’s first woman commando trainer. Seema Rao has trained Special Forces of India for 18 years without even taking any compensation. A pioneer in the close quarter battle – the art of fighting in tight proximity, she has trained various Indian forces for combat. Now that’s something special to be on the cover of Vogue India!
5. Rani Rampal
This 23-year-old sportswoman is the captain of Indian Women’s Hockey team. Rani Rampal has done wonders to make our team shine in the tournaments. Considered as one of the best women hockey players in the world, she was only 15-year-old when she joined the team to represent India at the 2010 Hockey World Cup. She has received the ‘Player of the Tournament’ Award and also the Arjuna Award for her exceptional talent that has won medals for India.
6. Deepika S Rajawat
Lawyer Deepika Singh Rajawat has fought against all odd to help an eight-year-old rape and murder victim’s family to get justice. Even after facing rape threats and being branded as anti-nationalist, Deepika did not stop her fight against the injustice in the system. She also received the prestigious award for ‘Woman of the Year’ at the Indian Merchants Chamber of Commerce and Industry Ladies Wing.
7. Hima Das
First Indian ever to win a Gold medal in a track event at the World U-20 Championships 2018, Hima Das has been running for the competitive races for just 18 months. 18-year-old Hima Das created athletics history after she won the Gold medal at the Championships in Finland. Her progress has proved her potential in the field that makes her the right choice to get featured as the cover girl.
8. Avani Chaturvedi
Flying officer Avani Chaturvedi has scripted history after becoming the first Indian women fighter pilot to fly solo. She flew the MiG-21 Bison which has the highest landing and take-off speed in the world. Her accomplishments have put India on the global list of countries including US, Britain, and Israel where women fly the fighter jets. Moreover, after she completes her stage-3 training at Karnataka in a year, she will be able to fly other fighter jets including Sukhoi and Tejas. Now that’s some achievements for the cover of magazines like Vogue India!
9. Tessy Thomas
Well, we knew the original Missile Man of India was former President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam. But now we have the female equivalent to him in Dr. Tessy Thomas. The first ‘Missile Woman of India’, Tessy Thomas is an Indian scientist who was the Project Director for the Agni-VI missile in Defense Research and Development Organization. Tessy Thomas was also the first woman scientist to head a missile project in the country. She is the recipient of the Lal Bahadur Shastri National Award for her contribution for making India self-reliant in missile technology.
10. Meena Kandasamy
An Indian poet, fiction writer, and activist, Meena Kandasamy has been an active feminist who has centered her work on anti-caste movements in the country. She has published two collections of poetry named Touch and Ms. Militancy which has won accolade in all-India poetry competitions. Meena has also represented India at the Writing Program at theUniversity of Iowa and Charles Wallace Trust Fellowship at the UK.
There you see! We have many self-made women who are worthy to be on the cover of any paramount magazine in the country including Vogue India. While we have presented only a few names, there are numerous Indian women who have made praiseworthy contributions in the society. And, we applaud them for their efforts!