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Brave and Beautiful #LakmeSchoolofStyle #fame

I love inspirational stories. I love inspirational people even more. As you know, I’m not one to pass up the opportunity to share such stories with you. Today, it’s the story of a 20 year old woman who has been chosen to be part of an initiative called the Lakme School of Style.

Lakme and #fame have collaborated to create LakmeSchoolofStyle, India’s first fashion-beauty video magazine. #fame is a digital entertainment network that encourages budding musicians, comedians, chefs, fashionistas to showcase their talent, hone their skils and find a great audience. LakmeSchoolofStyle is an online venture that creates a platform for every day people to give their perspective on fashion and style.

Brave and Beautiful

So what of the young woman, you ask? Well, she’s not just another young woman. She’s a two-time cancer survivor. And you know how she fought the demon? She started at cancer in the face, saying “I have cancer, cancer doesn’t have me,’ and used fashion and styling to keep herself from depression.

Watch Karan Johar interviewing her here:

Isn’t she gorgeous? So self-assured and such an inspiration!

The side effects of cancer treatment are many. They can bring many changes to how the body looks, feels and performs – weight loss or gain, hair thinning and hair loss, changes in skin tone and nails, changes in posture and swelling of body parts. These are highly distressing and can have a big impact on one’s self-esteem and personal confidence, and might put patients off from continuing with the treatment.

Courage and confidence are called for. And this young girl certainly has loads of it. Ruchi Gokhale, perhaps unknowingly, did what is recommended by cancer care organisations! Ruchi did a lot of things right.

  • She reminded herself that despite the disease, she was still the same person inside.
  • She celebrated herself.
  • She experimented with ways in which to look, and therefore feel, better. She even styled her wigs!
  • She sought support from others.



Ruchi hasn’t stopped with herself though. Like all inspiring people, she has found a way to channelize her passion into something that can make a difference to others. She is well aware that there are several other young women might be undergoing similar experiences. Also, we are aware that all teenage girls struggle with body image issues. Her experience gives her the unique opportunity to reach out and say ‘If I could do it, so can you.’  I’m certain that Ruchi’s YouTube channel, thanks to the Lakme School of Style and #fame, will do brilliantly.

Ruchi’s message is one that we can all take home. Stay brave, stay beautiful!
Lakmé School of Style is a first of its kind show that will not only bring the newest trends and happenings from the fashion world but in the process will also create new age fashionistas and idols. A fashion brigade led by Editor-in-Chief, Karan Johar himself will bring the fashion news, views and events from all over the world to the internet screen.


  1. Sarah Sarah May 17, 2015

    I subscribed to her channel. LOVE positive attitude!

  2. G Angela G Angela April 25, 2015

    Very brave and truly courageous… I am inspired by her, thanks for sharing !

  3. Archana Archana April 21, 2015

    Kudos to this courageous girl. I am so glad that she has the inner strength to fight this disease mentally because when hope is lost everything is lost. Great post Corrine. Thanks for bringing this to our notice.

  4. Ajay Pai Ajay Pai April 21, 2015

    Truly Amazing and inspirational and that too at such a naive age. She did not succumb. She and her will survived.

    Lovely, that too not once but twice. A true Phoenix, if I may say.

  5. Ray Ray April 20, 2015

    Love it, nice to see the insight you offer.

  6. Scott Scott April 20, 2015

    What an inspiring person! And at such a young age. One can only hope that all kids would strive to be like her!

  7. Swathi Shenoy Swathi Shenoy April 20, 2015

    She is such an inspiration to all of us. Whenever encountered by small problems, most of us think it as the end of the world. Her courage truly inspires us to stay strong!

    • Corinne Rodrigues Corinne Rodrigues Post author | April 20, 2015

      I thought that too, Swathi. The things we grumble about!

  8. Carol Cassara Carol Cassara April 20, 2015

    I love this look into your culture, which is one of my very favorites, as you know. Cool vid mag!

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