Stories

A collection of stories from our diverse women of colour contributor community. Our writers cover beautifully thought-provoking pieces on topics such as identity, relationships and lifestyle.

Me, myself and I – Solo travel is a must! – Anj (Anjli’s Look Book)

I have had the travel bug from a young age I was fascinated by aeroplanes and the airport. However, my love for travel grew significantly in my 20’s and is even stronger now in my 30’s. There is something...


Self-care for a Single Thirty Something – Anonymous

Life is a formula: you are born, you get good grades, you get a good job, you get married, you have kids, you die. Or so it seems. But what happens when you get to 30 and this hasn’t...


A letter to my 18 year old self – Amrita Boora

  Dear beautiful Amrita, No, you don’t need to have it all figured out yet. There is no such thing as a life deadline. You can get married at 20, or 50. You can buy your first home at 19, or...


It’s tough being the only sister… – Maleeha Mir

  Being the youngest and only daughter of a South Asian household, meant I would never be as important as my older brothers. But I don’t mean that our parents purposely made me feel smaller and less important compared to...


Is my skin colour really that offensive? – Sonia

  I have never been more aware of my skin colour as I walked into the office on my first day. The feeling of dread quickly drowned my body as I looked around and realised I was the only ethnic...


The Criminal Act Of Asking Questions – Kruti Shah

  Q: Why can’t we buy shoes on a Saturday?* A: You just can’t.   Q: Why does a bride’s family buy so many gifts for both her and her to-be husband’s family? A: They just do; that’s how it has always been.   Q: How...


Asians Anonymous – Shaena Jasmat

Unlike a lot of South Asian females my age, when I was 18 I was allowed to drink alcohol openly. I submersed myself in the UK drinking culture throughout my time at university and in life in general. In...


The Brown Girl Struggles of Learning to No Longer Adjust. – Natasha Rani

I’ve struggled to put into words the amount of times I have unknowingly adjusted, in situations where I’m often left feeling uncomfortable. I’ve struggled to understand why my whole life has been dictated by invisible timelines and set expectations....


Why We Need More Size Inclusivity and Body Positivity in the South Asian Fashion and Media Industry – Victoria Das (London Ki Ladki)

Born and bred in the South-West of London, a city brimming with diversity. I had grown up knowing from my primary school nurse that my weight was spiralling out of control. This soon led to garnering stretch marks and...


Four topics that must be discussed before getting engaged – Priyanka Jain

There are lots of topics women don’t discuss or are hesitant to discuss because of the pressure society has put on us and being South Asian adds an extra layer. A combination of cultural expectations, and the taboo of...