Masaba Gupta, the fashion designer behind the eponymous label, has always been outspoken about who she is and where she comes from, and a strong advocate for self-love and acceptance. The designer has recently been in the spotlight after posing as a bride for Bollywood’s favourite bridal wear designer, Sabyasachi Mukherji, for the cover of a magazine.
The 32-year-old designer has been sharing photos from her breathtaking shoot at RAAS Devigarh in Sabyasachi’s stunning bridal pieces, and she recently took to her social media feed to preach some self-love to her fans, encouraging them to always be happy in their own skin no matter where they come from. And the Masaba Masaba leader’s thousands of fans, including celebrity friends, couldn’t help but praise her for her pearls of wisdom. “What if I told you that no matter where you come from, the colour of your skin, the hook of your nose, or that scar from seventh grade, incredible things would happen to you?” Masaba wrote in one message. But you must retain your calm. Hold your chin up at all times. You must always look up.
She also thanked Elton J Fernandez, her make-up artist for the Sabyasachi shoot, on her Instagram stories for not whitewashing her and making her look like herself. “An appreciation post for Elton J Fernandez, who did my make-up for this shoot,” she wrote on Instagram. Thank you so much. Outside of those I work with, I’m most afraid of makeup artists because I’m very particular about looking like myself and not being whitewashed. I’m arrogant and unafraid to flaunt my brown skin in all of its glory, and I’m glad you agree.”
Masaba can be seen flaunting her very real-looking skin with small scars on her cheeks in another video from the shoot. When she posted the video, Masaba said, “Your scars can lead you in the right direction. Mine have led me in the right direction.”
Masaba revealed her multi-ethnic history in another article, saying she never has a response when people want to place her in a box, “When I am asked who I am or who I want to be.” I’m never sure what to say. My grandfather was born in Benaras, and my mother grew up in Old Delhi. My Lahore-born great-grandmother. And then there’s my aunt, who hails from the Caribbean. Yet my attention is fixed on the rest of the country. Then, how can I be just one thing?