Tracing Bani J’s complete style evolution
Always an original
Gurbani Judge, better known as Bani J, first tasted fame as the runner-up on MTV Roadies Season 4, which kickstarted her career as a VJ for the channel. With her outspoken personality and unabashed attitude, the Chandigarh-born girl let nothing hold her back from pursuing her dreams — whether they were about pushing her limits at the gym or turning her body into a tatted-up work of art. Her sartorial sense has seen an upturn on the graph too — from wearing an Ed Hardy T-shirt with jeans to a custom-made Nishka Lulla ensemble, the VJ-turned model has definitely come a long way.
But if there is one constant that’s remained throughout her style journey, it’s her love for experimenting with different hair colours. Pink, purple, red, blue, silver, green, blonde… Bani has tried everything between highlights and streaks, unfailingly surprising us every time. And while she has been body-shamed for her muscular physique, this lion-heart doesn’t pay heed to the haters — she just comes back even stronger.
Map Bani J’s fashion journey (as well as her fitness evolution and her love for tattoos) right from the first day she gained popularity in 2009 until today.
From 2009 to 2017: Bani J’s style transformation
Bani sports an Ed Hardy T-shirt and a pair of jeans in her early days.
Bani's oversized sunglasses and blonde streaks are unmissable.
Bani rocks this short skater dress.
Bani clearly loves her Ed Hardy.
Here, she sports overgrown bangs and sultry red lips.
Here, she flaunts an assortment of new tattoos and badass red streaks in her hair.
Bani's take on red-on-red.
Soon enough, the red highlights were mixed with pink and blue.
Bani picks a short printed number.
This is probably the first time everyone saw the MTV presenter in a traditional Indian outfit. Notice how her hair's streaks matches the aquamarine colour of her salwar kameez.
You'd imagine that this biker chick would gravitate towards studs in every shape and form.
Bani picks a floral printed tube dress for a red carpet event.
Bani suddenly presents a more sophisticated version of herself, choosing a monochromatic dress paired with black peep-toe pumps.
Bani experiments with purple streaks.
Bani replaces her bangs with a centre-part hairstyle.
Casually dressed in a floral top, denim shorts and lace-up boots.
This year saw more tattoos being added to Bani's sculpted arms.
Bani decided to go all-white and got the white maxi skirt custom-made for this look.
Notice the deep purple streaks in her braided hair.
Bani decided this denim jumpsuit deserves to be applauded on Instagram.
Styled by Devki B, Bani wears a Ritu Kumar lehenga choli set in cream and gold.
Bani in a jumpsuit with an open back from Saaj by Ankita.
Bani's stylist opts for a Gauri and Nainika cut-out red dress.
Bani wears a Payal Singhal ensemble.
Devki styles Bani in a tiered maxi skirt paired with a white sleeveless crop top, both from Madison on Peddar.
Bani rocks a black number with a thigh-high slit.
Styled by Devki again, Bani wears a white custom-made off-shoulder dress by Mint Blush Designs.
When Bani got inked on both her legs and dyed her hair silver and purple.
The VJ nails the black-on-black look.
Styled by Devki, Bani wears a studded black dress by Anand Bhushan with black ankle-length Converse shoes.
In a checkered dress by Manish Bansal, complete with pink hair extensions.
100 percent gothic.
Bani styles an oversized shirt with shorts.
Styled by Devki, Bani wears a fringed white dress by Vidhi Wadhwani. Her bangs are back, as are her lace-up boots.
Purple's her colour.
As is pink.
When Bani tried this unexpected combination of dreadlocks with a traditional Indian ensemble by The Sewing Company for a sangeet ceremony.
Bani in a Nishka Lulla floral blazer-style dress for the ELLE Beauty Awards earlier this year.
In a Satya Paul lehenga choli set.
Styled by Rahul Vijay, Bani wears a Kanika Manchanda dual-toned dress with a red belt that perfectly matches her lips.