Tell Us, Who Are Your Creative Role Models?

(From left to right) Make-up artist Savleen Manchanda, designers Arpita Mehta and Kunal Rawal, content creator Niharika NM, and Vice President of Marketing for Tommy Hilfiger, Calvin Klein, and Arrow Kaustav Dey.

The Word.: Who are your creative role models?

Savleen Manchanda: “I am obsessed with [make-up artists] Pat McGrath and Mickey [Contractor] sir…they are both absolute geniuses.”

Arpita Mehta: “I don’t have just one creative role model whose works I have followed closely…I deeply admire numerous individuals.”

Kunal Rawal: “My father has been one of my biggest creative role models. He has an incredible sense of style, and he has had an inspirational journey in the world of fashion. I am also a big fan of designers Rick Owens and Junya Watanabe.”

Niharika NM: “As clichéd as it sounds, the world is my inspiration—books, movies, TV shows, or anyone fun…everything inspires me.”

Kaustav Dey: “I admire writer Arundhati Roy for her fearlessness, designer Alber Elbaz for all the beauty he filled our world with, and artist Jamini Roy for his unique perspective.”

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For the inaugural issue, The Word. celebrates India’s creative spirit through what might be the world’s most ambitious cover series. Featuring 139 coverstars…powerhouses from the fields of art, film, fashion, food, music, content creation, and more, India Creative Inc. honours the talents leading the country’s creative order.

This cover series features idea-shapers and game-changers, photographed against an endless table that represents not just the boundless power of creativity, but also the infinite potential of collaboration and inclusivity.

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