January 5, 2022 7:30:57 pm
Fashion designer Saisha Shinde, earlier known as Swapnil Shinde, shared a note on “feeling more confident” ever since she came out as a transgender woman.
On the first year anniversary of the announcement, Saisha shared a montage of pictures of her earlier self, as Swapnil, along with some recent images in a swimming pool and said: “Swapnil was always conscious of his body…he hated it that it was not masculine enough (although it was all in his head). He always wore a T-shirt and went in the pool. The T shirt sticking to the body was extremely uncomfortable as it showed his slightly feminine body and so he would remain in the pool only keeping his head out!”
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Saisha added how the “idea of a pool party or anything related to the pool was scary”. “Because not every pool owner is going to allow people in with a shirt on! Swapnil missed out on a lot of amazing times until December 30, 2021,” she said.
But, the feeling was not the same when she entered the pool as Saisha — dressed in shorts and a bra, she said.
“Recently, I entered the pool … my first as Saisha! My body not in what is conventionally considered to be ‘in shape’ but it didn’t matter. I was so comfortable wearing just a bra and denim shorts! Everything on display! I didn’t feel one bit of insecurity or discomfort. On the contrary, I was more confident than Swapnil ever was!” she shared.
She also shared pictures from last year, including a pendant with her name inscribed on it, and the official government document of her name change.
“Today is the first year anniversary of my coming out publicly as a transgender woman and I want to thank everyone! But beyond everyone, I want to thank myself for being brave enough to live my truth even if it is at a later stage in my life! Thanks to my bravery and the undying (spirit) to lead a meaningful life. I finally get to breathe happily…and I’m enjoying each and every second of this freedom. A freedom that I’ve been privileged enough to have achieved. Happy birthday to me,” she commented.
Saisha who has worked with many celebrated actors in the industry — including Kiara Advani, Shraddha Kapoor, Katrina Kaif, Kareena Kapoor Khan, Deepika Padukone, as well as the recently crowned Miss Universe 2021 Harnaaz Sandhu — came out in January 2021.
Saisha took to Instagram and wrote a long post, wherein she implied that she may be addressed as ‘Saisha’, which means “a meaningful life”.
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“All through school and college, while the boys outside tormented me because I was different, the internal pain was far worse,” she wrote in the post. “I felt suffocated living in 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 (sic).”
“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.”
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