Popular Bollywood fashion designer Swapnil Shinde has come out as a transwoman. Swapnil has worked with many celebrated actors in the industry like Deepika Padukone, Katrina Kaif, Kareena Kapoor and others.
Swapnil made this big announcement on Instagram as he changed his name to Saisha Shinde. Saisha means ‘a meaningful life’.
Saisha posted a beautiful picture of herself and shared her story with the world. She wrote, “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.”
She further added, “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.”
Bollywood celebs have come out in support of Saisha. Sunny Leone wrote, “I love you and I am so proud of you for being the BEST YOU!! The YOU you always wanted to be.”
Parineeti Chopra commented, “So happy to read this. Up and up from here, Saisha.”