Celebrity fashion designer Swapnil Shinde comes out as a transwoman ‘Saisha’; says, “I felt suffocated”

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Fashion designer Swapnil Shinde, who has styled celebs like Kareena Kapoor Khan, Deepika Padukone, Kiara Advani, Shraddha Kapoor, Katrina Kaif and Anushka Sharma among others has come out as a transwoman. Taking to her Instagram handle, she came with a new identity as Saisha Shinde.

She captioned the post, “Saisha means a meaningful life and I plan to make mine an exceptionally meaningful one.”

In the post, she wrote, “Irrespective of your origin, there will always be something that reminds you of your childhood. For me, it takes me back to the kind of loneliness that aches, to pressures that pushed me into solitude and the chaos of confusion that grew every moment. 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 a reality that I knew wasn’t mine, yet one that I had to stage everyday 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. 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 am not a gay man. I am a Transwoman.”

Saisha shared pictures of her on Instagram after going through the transformation.

Messages poured in for Saisha from celebs like Parineeti Chopra, Sunny Leone, Esha Gupta and others.

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