First-Generation Indian Artist Redefines The “All-American Sweetheart” Pinup Girl

Nimisha Bhanot’s breathtaking paintings force the viewer to re-see Indian Women

Nimisha Bhanot's Indian Pin-Up Girl.

If you Google “beautiful women” your screen will be laden with pale-skinned, blue-eyed women. If you happen stumble upon a woman of color, she will probably be scantily clad. Similarly, if you Google “pinup girl” you will be affronted by pale-skinned, high-heel wearing women, with the typical body shape and skin tones favored by American society.

Nimisha Bhanot's Indian Pin-Up Girl.

Nimisha Bhanot’s Indian Pin-Up Girl. (source)

 

Nimisha Bhanot

Nimisha Bhanot Pin-Up Girl (source)

 

Nimisha Bhanot Pin-Up Girl

Nimisha Bhanot Pin-Up Girl (source)

 

Nimisha Bhanot Pin-Up Girl

Nimisha Bhanot Pin-Up Girl (source).

First-generation Indian immigrant Nimisha Bhanot wanted to change that. Bhanot described her project to Huffington Post, saying that she “appropriates vintage American pinup art from a South Asian-North American perspective. I am juxtaposing North American acceptance of women’s sexual liberation against common societal perception of the South Asian woman.”

Nimisha Bhanot Pin-Up Girl

Nimisha Bhanot Pin-Up Girl (source).

 

Nimisha Bhanot Pin-Up Girl

Nimisha Bhanot Pin-Up Girl (source)

Bhanot went through hundreds of pinup girl pictures and modified them to agree with South Asian culture. She feels that her project reclaims the appropriation of South Asian culture, while directly confronting the viewer of the pieces. On the staging of her drawings, she says, “The subject’s outward gaze increases its confidence by making the viewer aware that it’s being watched, observed and potentially judged. I hope that when people see my work, that they gain an understanding of the ever-complex immigrant identity.”

Nimisha Bhanot Pin-Up Girl

Nimisha Bhanot Pin-Up Girl (source)

 

Nimisha Bhanot Pin-Up Girl

Nimisha Bhanot Pin-Up Girl (source)

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