A Bridal magazine out of India has featured a hairy male model wearing a dress on the latest digital cover of Brides Today, an English-language Indian publication.
“Non-binary transfeminine” activist model Alok Vaid-Menon, who goes by ALOK, appeared on one cover decked out in Indian jewels, a teal outfit, and a skirt. In a second, the model wears makeup, an Indian dress with a bra-like blue top and matching skirt, and lots of jewels. The covers can be seen here and here.
In the caption next to one of the posts, the model said, “I’ve been bullied my entire life. I wish I could be able to walk down the street—and exist in public—without fear of being attacked. I wish I could post an image of myself online without being inundated with hate mail.”
“I wish I could be seen as a human being… But I’m not going to wait for that future, I’m going to build it now, here, with the people who are ready for love,” the model added.
“I hope that we dream beyond tolerance towards meaningful acceptance,” the model continued. “I hope that we are able to find beauty and pride in our differences. I hope that we are not just safe, but well, and not just seen, but witnessed. Most of all: I hope that we can be free.”
The photos have since surfaced on social media, and the number of negative comments indicates many users were disgusted.
“Brides today has lost it,” one account posted. “This is stealing women’s identity and replacing it with some grotesque. [SaveWomensSpaces].”
Another tweeted, “Brides Today magazine went full tranny this edition. Nothing more important than that ESG score.”
While another said, “The ‘woke chandrachud’ virus has started to spread in India – This is the cover of Brides Today (April edition) a magazine by India Today group! [throwing up emojis] The beauty [and] grace of womanhood being massacred by this virus. [SupremeKotha] [chandrachud] [IndiaToday].”
“Seriously?” one person added after seeing the images. “‘Brides Today’ in India celebrates transgender.”
While another tweeted, “What can a woke #CJI can do? He can destroy India. Welcome to new WOKE India. This is India Today’s produced edition of Brides Today.”