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Ever since she was a child growing up in Sampaloc, a district of the Philippine capital city of Manila, Maria Rivera dreamed of walking runways. She idolized supermodels like Kate Moss and followed the exploits of Sex and the City’s troupe of stylish young women. But because Rivera was trans and had darker skin, she hardly ever saw herself represented on billboards or in the pages of glossy fashion magazines.

“It has always been my dream to strut in high heels while doing my catwalk wearing top fashion houses,” Rivera said recently. “But being a trans woman growing up in

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The Thought Leader Series | Fashion: Timeless clothing, sustainable processes, rediscovery of Indian craftsmanship and athleisure to be buzzwords for 2021



a person sitting on a bed: The Thought Leader Series | Fashion: Timeless clothing, sustainable processes, rediscovery of Indian craftsmanship and athleisure to be buzzwords for 2021


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The Thought Leader Series | Fashion: Timeless clothing, sustainable processes, rediscovery of Indian craftsmanship and athleisure to be buzzwords for 2021

Tarun Tahiliani, Designer

Luxury is a personal engagement with an object or an experience: The meaning of ‘luxury’ is the ability to be discerning and have access to things that significantly enhance your experiences. It is less about what other people think or how they view you consuming ‘luxury’ and more of a personal engagement with how something feels against your skin or how you experience it.

My friend Minal Modi once commented that she

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