Bollywood Designer Swapnil Shinde Refutes Being A Gay Man, Aditi Rao Hydari Gives A Big Hug

Salena Harshini |Jan 07, 2021

That Swapnil Shinde decides to turn into a trans woman is creating storms among netizens. Changing name to Saisha, and getting candid on their decision, here is what Shinde shared!

This century, people are giving more and more respect for choices. For the unknown, the latest character being applauded for their choice to turn into a trans woman is famous fashion designer Swapnil Shinde.

They recently announced this decision on social media where they also posted some new photos of their appearance and new name’s meaning.

Swapnil Shinde is now Saisha Shinde
Swapnil Shinde is now named Saisha Shinde

Swapnil Shinde sharing about this huge decision

For those who have not known, the new name of Swapnil Shinde will be Saisha. Shinde has taken a long post to Instagram. Herein they also implied that Saisha means “a meaningful life”.

Swapnil Shinde As Saisha 3
Their new look on Instagram is trending on social media

Sharing about this bold decision, they made a long and emotional note,

“All through school and college, while the boys outside tormented me because I was different, the internal pain was far worse. I felt suffocated living in a reality that I knew wasn’t mine, yet one that I had to stage every day because of societal expectations and norms. It was only in my early 20s at NIFT where I found the courage to accept my truth; I truly bloomed (sic).”

“I spent the next few years believing that I was attracted to men because I was gay, but it was only 6 years ago that I finally accepted to myself, and today that I accept to you. I’m not a gay man. I am a transwoman.”

Swapnil Shinde Instagram Story

While they didn’t specify any pronoun, they posted an Instagram in which they mentioned being called “ma’am” by their team with “utmost pride” a while ago.

>>> Also read: 15 Sexiest Trans Women In The World

Bollywood stars approve

As soon as Saisha shared the lengthy post, well-wishers, as well as Bollywood celebrities, began pouring in their messages.

Sunny Leone left a congratulatory comment, “I love you and I am so proud of you for being the BEST YOU!! The YOU you always wanted to be. Congrats and happy birthday SISTA!!”

Actress Parineeti Chopra also shared her thoughts, “So happy to read this. Up and up from here, Saisha 💕”

Meanwhile, Aditi Rao Hydari also gave them the biggest support, “Big hug…. 🤗.”

About Swapnil Shinde, or Saisha

Swapnil Shinde is a Bollywood designer who has collaborated with a lot of celebrated stars in the movie industry. To name a few who have worked with him, there are Katrina Kaif, Shraddha Kapoor, Kiara Advani, Deepika Padukone, Kareena Kapoor Khan, among others.

Sunny Swapnil Saisha
Sunny Leone and Swapnil Shinde in one of the old runway shows

They are appreciated for the outstanding taste for fashion. A lot of iconic looks for Bollywood stars were created by the magic hands of Saisha.

Shinde is also known for their work on Fired (2010), 99 (2009), and Project Runway (2004). They definitely have made a mark for themselves in the fashion world.

Shraddha Kapoor in Saaho
Shraddha Kapoor's iconic look for Saaho was designed by Saisha
Kiara Advani and Akshay Kumar in Laxmii
Saisha also customed Kiara Advani's look in Laxmii
Bhumi Pednekar's look by Shinde
Bhumi Pednekar is also one of their vedettes

Talking about the criticism they have faced, Saisha shared in a talk in 2010 with Indian Express,

"Critics are highly judgemental of my work. They call me the ‘Britney Spears of the fashion industry’ for breaking the rules!"

Now that Saisha can live with the identity that they want, we are all happy for them and proud of them. Best wishes to the talented and dauntless designer!

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