Bishamber Das is the first British Asian plus-size model and has contributed immensely to the plus size industry in the US and UK. Growing up having an alcoholic, abusive father, she took solace in food, which led to a huge weight gain and bullying in school.
It was in 2012 when Bishamber decided that she needed to change her lifestyle in order to reduce her weight since her health was getting severely affected. Born to Indian Punjabi and Malaysian parents, Das is not defined just by her modelling career. She also has a degree in law and criminology and is well-versed in five languages. She also became the youngest Asian magistrate in the UK when she was just 22. Das has modelled for various international plus-size brands and was the runner up at the international Miss India Europe competition in 2014.
Women Fitness joins the superbly talented model for an interesting conversation about diversity in the modelling industry.
You have become an inspiration for millions of women and young girls all around the world since you made history in 2014 as the first plus size model to win a title at the international Miss India Europe competition that year. Walk us through your spectacular modeling journey and tell us how it all began?
My journey as a plus size woman coming from a South Asian background was never easy. Growing up as a overweight child I was always reminded that I was never worthy of any man’s love, as no one would marry me because I was fat. It brings tears to my eyes when I cast my memory back to being an innocent 10-year-old child who thought I could end my own life by drinking bubble bath and shampoo mixed with water.
Taking part in Miss India Europe changed me, I knew I would never win a pageant like this as so much work needed to be done in educating people in the South Asian community around body positivity. I am so proud of the fact that I was the only plus size woman to take part and represent my country the United Kingdom as a second runner up against 9 European countries. I used this platform to bring further awareness to my campaign. I can proudly say that I am now the first woman to bring the concept of plus size to India and can share this amongst the second largest population in the world.
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