An active speaker on light skin bias and gendercide, and a philanthropist, Nidhi Sunil makes India proud by becoming the first global spokesperson for L’Oreal Paris. In 2010, she won the Femina Miss South Glamorous Hair.
The Malayali model was raised by doctor parents in Bengaluru. Then, she moved to Pune to study law at Symbiosis Law school. When small modeling opportunities came her way, her family insisted her to finish the degree. When the fashion industry did not give her a chance, she turned to editorial fashion. She got her first project with Maire Claire, following cover shoots for magazines like Grazia, GQ, Cosmopolitan, and Vogue. Vogue also conferred her with the Model of the Year award in 2017. The 34-year-old model has also appeared in movies ‘Gangoobai’ and ‘Kaash’. Thereafter, New York agency One Model Management signed her. “India has this strange colonial hangover where we prefer white skin, even if 90% of the people have my skin colour. I’ve had to fight for myself.”, she said in an interview with the Hindu.
Outspoken and driven to make a change
The former environmental attorney is the spokesperson for the Invisible Girl Project, an organization that aims to end gendercide in India. She said, “We have 450 girls, all of whom were essentially abandoned by their families because in India it’s very hard for people from lower economic backgrounds to take on the financial obligations of having a girl child”. The model does not shy away from giving her opinions on colorism and gendercide. She wrote a piece on it for Dazed magazine in 2019. Nidhi Sunil has faced colorism issues in India and slight racism in the US but it’s strange how both countries helped to shape her career. “In India, I was pushing for my skin colour, and here I was pushing for Indians.”, she said talking to FirstPost.
Nidhi was selected as L’Oreal’s Global Brand Ambassador recently. That means partnering with terrific people like Jane Fonda, Andie McDowell, Voila Davis, and Aishwarya Rai. If Cannes happens, she will represent L’Oreal at the film festival. Nidhi’s philanthropy and activism make her an ideal young role model for young girls to look up to.