In episode twelve we speak with the radiant beam that is Monika Singh Gangotra. Monika is a trained psychologist who has researched cultural identity as well health psychology for her doctorate. If that wasn't interesting enough, she’s now designing a new career and way by combining two of her many passions; culture and fashion.
Monika lives in Birmingham with her beautiful family, but prior to that she grew up on the coast of New South Wales. The experience of moving between cultures has given Monika an open mindset of curiosity and self-expression, one which is now transending into her creative practice as a designer.
If you’ve watched the The Big Family Cooking Showdown which she appeared in with her family, you’ll see how her kind presence absolutely shone and I can’t wait to see how that translates into her design line. It’s inspiring to see smart and creative people finding ways to represent themselves and their culture.
When we asked Monika to share who inspires her work her thoughts didn't stray too far from her heart. In Monika's words;
It’s my dad. He is truly the most incredible human I’ve ever had in my life. A true feminist at heart he raised us three as absolute equals, never making me feel anything less than my brother and ensuring I fought and pushed and worked to do anything I ever wanted. I grew up in a house with no gender roles - my father cooking and cleaning and combing our hair. The kindest and most patient and selfless person I have ever met. He is everything I aspire to be as a parent, a partner, a friend, and most importantly as a human. P.s - His sense of style is impeccable.