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How Shaleena Nathani Came Forward To Defy Judgements and Taboo

Mayank Vora
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Shaleena Nathani
Shaleena Nathani

Women are at the top of their game and are making the world listen every day, in sport and in life. In India, cultural beliefs have led women to be judged, preventing them from having freedom to express and be themselves towards realizing their ambition and success. At the Mumbai marathon, these runners wanted to empower women through sport, to defy convention and break through judgement. To drive the change they want to see in the world and the community.

The Sports Bra gives every woman support and protection whilst playing any form of sport. Yet that very armour is considered taboo by certain sects of society in India - still seen by some as a negative western influence on traditional ideals.

To defy this judgement, a host of celebrities gathered to lend their voice for the movement. Among them was Shaleena Nathani, a leading celebrity stylists in India and a member of Nike running club. Sportskeeda caught up with her to get her views on the movement and how wearing the right gear is important when gaging in fitness activities.

How does it feel to be a part of such an event and how can this impact and inspire women to break the barriers in India?

This is something that was very personal to me when I started running. I do feel that it’s not about running in a bra for me, it’s so much more than that. It’s about proving a point that if I can run in something like this, we can achieve the things we want in our lives and be amazing at what we want to do. Regardless of how we dress, we can still be successful, intelligent and incredible at what we do.

For me THIS IS WHO I AM and I’m proud of the person I am and have become. I wouldn’t have gained the strength I have without the experiences in my life.

How important is the apparel for you while running?

Actually, apparel is the most important thing to me while running because it’s not something that I can just put on, it has to be comfortable for me. It has to be something that I have run in before, so for me comfort is very important.

What are the benefits of wearing a sports bra for fitness activities?

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Wearing a sports bra is a necessity, it gives you the most imp support that you need. It’s extremely necessary to wear a sports bra, you can harm yourself if you don’t and it adds such a cool quotient as well – you can wear just a sports bra or club it with a t-shirt, so yes, it is essential.

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