It was Tanvi Geetha Ravishankar’s first time on the ramp. The Mumbai-based stylist, voice-over artist and choreographer was always interested in fashion, and found herself auditioning for Lakmé Fashion Week’s first-ever fashion show featuring 10 plus-size models, after spotting a Facebook post.

“I never expected to see so many people, but it was also amazing to be in that environment where everybody was comfortable and happy with their bodies,” the 28-year-old said afterwards. “It felt really empowering to walk on the ramp.”

Ravishankar was one of the ten people who modelled at Lakmé Fashion Week’s first-ever plus-size fashion show, dressed in athletic wear styled by designer Shilpa Chavan or Little Shilpa. For many, it was an important step in making designs on the ramp more accessible and in accepting different body shapes and sizes.