THE FOURTY-FIRST INSTALMENT
OF THE BELLEBOSS SERIES
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I hoped that with this series, I would find a way to appreciate the incredible South Asian women of our generation, who are breaking boundaries and paving new paths for themselves. Moreover, I would like you to take a little bit of your time to realize how incredible the women around you are.
Especially if you are a woman! I know that at least one woman’s story in my #BelleBoss series will inspire you to follow your dreams, your vision and most importantly your heart. Even if that means breaking a few rules and many societal prejudices along the way.
My love of colour, sparkle and maximalism is from my Indian side, but my dry humour is definitely British!
As someone who grew up consuming fashion packaged by a small elite, Instagram offered a platform to be a part of the conversation, and create my own content in a democratic environment.
Coming up with shoot concepts, working on campaigns, and shooting and executing content was so much fun, and what I’d always wanted to do – just that instead of the pages of a magazine, the final result is published on Instagram.
There’s still this conception that if you’re a digital influencer that means you post a bunch of heavily face-tuned selfies promoting teeth-whitening and skinny teas.
Yes it seems glamorous, and it can be, but it’s also a lot of work! It’s hard to pinpoint one milestone in my journey – realizing I could sustain myself full-time was huge, and just recently I ordered my first designer purchase.
It sounds vapid but it meant a lot to me to be able to buy something that I felt I’d earned and deserved, and not have to worry about it breaking the bank!
What are your tips to creating a consistent Instagram feed and how do you stay inspired to create new content?
The most important factor for feed consistency is generally editing style – I edit my photos roughly the same way to ensure the colours and brightness are consistent throughout. A lot of strong accounts might feature images with certain colour palettes – for example, some accounts choose to utilize brown/sepia tones for a muted, nostalgic feel, whilst others will be light, bright and pastel. It’s important to edit down.
I love just have never made the cut because they don’t fit my feed for whatever reason. People will follow you for the overall effect of your feed, so it should not be underestimated!
I love it though – my boyfriend is less keen when I’m dragging him out of bed for 6am shoots!
The best piece of advice I have received is not to worry about what other people are thinking or doing, and focus on my own journey.It’s so easy to get caught up in comparison with others as it is such a competitive industry, as well as worrying about the opinions of people who are irrelevant.
Honestly, it’s hard to balance my free time as my hobbies have essentially become my job – particularly while travelling I’m always creating content, it’s difficult to switch off! I try not to work on weekends and keep them for friends and family.
I have so many places I’ve loved, it would be hard to pick just one!
I’m constantly exploring London-based hashtags such as #PrettyCityLondon to find new locations to shoot, as well as keeping an eye on accounts which I know do regular Instagrammable displays.
Click here https://www.anoushkaprobyn.com/best-places-instagram-london/ to read Anoushka’s blog post on best instagram places in London
To visit her instagram page click here https://instagram.com/anoushkalila?igshid=1nbg88hbf5uo7