Misha Japanwala

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Misha Japanwala
EducationParsons School of Design
SpouseFisher Neal

Misha Japanwala is a visual artist and fashion designer of Pakistani origin.[1] Japanwala created art work dedicating to women rights in Pakistan, and her art has been featured in Vogue and V Magazine. In June 2021 Japanwala designed breast plates for American rapper Lizzo's music video "Rumors".[2][3][4]

Personal life[edit]

Japanwala was born in London, but to a family from Karachi, and was brought up in Islamabad[5][6] in a liberal family background. She graduated from the New York Parsons school of Design in 2018[6] and works in New York City.[7] After graduation, she worked as an accessory assistant at Elle. She later joined the atelier of Proenza Schouler where she was then laid off due to COVID-19.[8] In 2022 she wedded with actor Fisher Neal.[9]

Art collections[edit]

Misha Japanwala creates personalized sculpted breastplates and photographs these on otherwise nude female models. through fashionable wearable resin re-creations, and incidentally which does not constitute censorable nudity for social media platforms like Instagram.[1][7] According to Japanwala her signature art (May 2018) collection 'Azaadi' (meaning "freedom" in Urdu) is in response to difficulties like honor killings, domestic violence and the societal pressures faced by women in Pakistan challenges the status quo by pushing the boundaries.[1][7][10] Japanwala maintains, her goal in her art collection 'Azaadi' was to subvert the male gaze, reclaim the art related to the female body from the male perspectives and instead depict from the feminist perspective.[1][7][10]

According to Aamina Khan, Japanwala sported long dangling earrings with the words 'Meri Marzi" meaning my choice.[7]

Japanwala's work has been featured in a six-page editorial spread in Vogue Spain, modeled by French model Cindy Bruna.[1][7] Japanwala received her second offer of displaying her art from model Gigi Hadid in special issue of V Magazine named Gigi's Journal Part II.[1][7][11][12] Japanwala was selected on the "30 under 30 Asia" list published by Forbes in 2021.[13]

Backlash and response[edit]

According to Japanwala she has faced some backlash from conservative quarters of her home country Pakistan saying why does she indulge in designs do not confirm with cultural restrictions for women despite being a Muslim woman.[14][3] Japanwala says in Pakistan it is difficult for women to have agency over their own bodies and this backlash confirms Pakistani conservatives feel frightened by women taking charge of their bodies.[14]

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  1. ^ a b c d e f Images Staff (2021-02-27). "Artist Misha Japanwala is reclaiming her body, one sculpted breastplate at a time". Images. Retrieved 2021-03-01.
  2. ^ "The powerful feminist symbolism by Misha Japanwala | Collater.al". Collateral. 2018-08-02. Retrieved 2021-09-30.
  3. ^ a b "Why This Artist Who Sculpted Cardi B's Pregnant Body Gets Hate". www.vice.com. Retrieved 2021-09-30.
  4. ^ Images Staff (2021-09-07). "Cardi B welcomes baby boy, her second child with rapper Offset". Images. Retrieved 2021-09-30.
  5. ^ "The Powerful Feminist Symbolism Of Misha Japanwala's Azaadi". IGNANT. 2018-07-27. Retrieved 2021-03-01.
  6. ^ a b "Misha Japanwala - Do some research and do what you have to do by The Amad Show • A podcast on Anchor". Anchor. Retrieved 2021-03-01.
  7. ^ a b c d e f g Khan, Aamina. "Designer Misha Japanwala Is Never Fully Dressed Without a Breastplate". Vogue. Retrieved 2021-03-01.
  8. ^ Zirngast, Lisa (2020-07-01). "Misha Japanwala - Embodying Realities". 1 Granary. Retrieved 2021-03-01.
  9. ^ "'Black Panther' star gets the full Karachi experience". The Express Tribune. 2022-02-28. Retrieved 2022-04-11.
  10. ^ a b Anderson, Jordan. "political activism Archives". Twin Magazine. Retrieved 2021-03-01.
  11. ^ "Gigi Journal Artist Collaboration Finalists". V Magazine. Retrieved 2021-03-01.
  12. ^ "Pakistani Artist Misha Shares How Gigi Helped Her | The Pakistan". thepakistan.pk. Retrieved 2021-03-01.
  13. ^ Images Staff (2021-06-28). "Cardi B announces her second pregnancy with a mould created by Pakistani artist Misha Japanwala". Images. Retrieved 2021-09-30.
  14. ^ a b "Pakistani artist on sculpting Cardi B's pregnancy, facing backlash | SAMAA". Samaa TV. Retrieved 2021-09-30.

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