Our September cover star Dipti Sharma is taking international runways by storm
Next stop: global domination
Between international campaigns and runway shows for top fashion houses, and a whole lot of globetrotting, Dipti Sharma is living the dream.
ELLE: Hi Dipti! Tell us what it was like growing up in Uttarakhand.
Dipti Sharma: I grew up in a joint family, with my cousins, uncles and aunts. It was pretty amazing; us kids had a lot of fun.
ELLE: Now that you’ve moved to New York, what is that like?
DS: I love it! It has such a good vibe—this crazy energy that helps make things right, even when I’m feeling down.
ELLE: What would you say was the biggest challenge in getting to where you are now?
DS: Acceptance, across the board. When I started, my parents were not very supportive—it makes a huge difference if you have your family by your side.
ELLE: The first thought you had when you bagged the Balenciaga campaign?
DS: That all the struggle has been worth it.
ELLE: What has been your biggest life lesson?
DS: To let go of things, even though it’s hard to do. Some things are not meant to be, but what is yours will eventually come your way.
Dipti Sharma poses on the streets of Calcutta for ELLE’s September issue.
Cotton shirt, price on request, cotton shorts, INR 13,990, wool coat, INR 1,07,900, leather shoes, INR 47,000, leather belt, INR 35,500; all Alexander Wang
Chiffon top, INR 77,900, crepe skirt, INR 77,900, polyester and wool jumper, INR 56,900, drill jacket, INR 2,85,000, leather shoes, price on request; all Valentino
INWool jumper, price on request, leather skirt, price on request, suede bag, INR 2,29,000; all Fendi. Hemp jersey coat, price on request, Nikita Mhaisalkar. Suede boots, INR 1,05,000, Hermès
Viscose blazer INR 22,500, pants, INR 12,500; both Dhruv Kapoor. Leather shoes, INR 21,000, MICHAEL Michael Kors
Cotton T-shirt, polyester jacket, both prices on request, Calvin Klein Jeans. Quilted skirt, price on request, Amrich. Stockings, stylist’s own. Leather boots, price on request, Pringle of Scotland. Alloy earrings, INR 10,200, Misho
Highlander coat, INR 98,000, wool skirt, INR 46,000; both A.W.A.K.E Mode. Net socks, stylist’s own. Mesh and rubber shoes, INR 71,000, Hermès
Knit jumper, price on request, Nikita Mhaisalkar. Silk skirt, leather and silk boots; both prices on request, Dries Van Noten
Knit jumper, wool pants and cotton-blend corset, all prices on request, Pringle of Scotland. Leather boots, price on request, Nicholas Kirkwood. Sterling silver necklace, INR 12,500, Misho
Wool coat, INR 1,12,700, cotton and drill skirt, INR 1,31,500, polyester and nappa coat, INR 2,51,200; all Mary Katrantzou. Plexi boots, price on request, Nicholas Kirkwood. Leather belt, price on request, Rara Avis
Wool jumper, price on request, Fendi
Cotton shirt, INR 1,890, Zara. Wool skirt, price on request, Rajesh Pratap Singh. Polyester boots, INR 12,999, H&M Conscious
Photographs: Max Vadukul; Styling: Malini Banerji; Hair and Make-up: Deepa Verma; Agency: Anima Creative Managment; Production: Milkyway Films; Post production: Picturehouse + The Small Dark Room; Assisted by: Colston Julian (photography), Saaniya Sharma, Pujarini Ghosh (styling), Aishwarya Bahl (intern); Digital tech: Ashish Chandra