“The Dusky Queens” by Divyakumar Soneji

Model: Saroni Roy, Actor, Co-chair, Equity Diversity & Federal Councillor – Media, Entertainment & Arts Alliance (MEAA), Founder & CEO, Saroni Roy Foundation Photographer: Divyakumar Soneji www.photophile.com.au  Saroni’s Wardrobe: Saree by Seasons, Mumbai Sunglasses: Versace Jewellery: Model’s own Make-up Artist: Saroni Roy Hair Stylist: Ibrahim at Alan Coban Saree Draping: Ratna Sharma, One Stop Beauty Producer: Anusha Haran, CEO, One Stop Beauty Location: Sydney Shakti Temple, Cultural and Educational Centre & Parramatta Park, City of Parramatta, NSW


Showcasing the modern, empowered women of colour, The Dusky Queens, features Indian-Australian Actor, Model, Diversity & Inclusion Advocate, Saroni Roy along with stunning Indian-Australian women from all walks of life, donning ornate, traditionally handcrafted saris from different regions of India. Symbolising the surreal beauty of women of colour, these are 1st and 2nd generation migrant women, who have triumphed immense adversities, and are excelling in leaps and bounds in diverse industries from entrepreneurs, to politics, to IT, to healthcare, in Australia and globally.

From everyday wear, to the MET Gala 2022 and the 75th Cannes Film Festival 2022 red carpet, the six yards of sheer elegance, the sari, has won accolades and has a special place in the hearts of South Asian women wherever they are! Beautifully articulated by one of the most noted Indian fashion designers, Sabyasachi Mukherjee, “The sari is a story I will never stop telling. No matter where we are in the world, it has its place.”

Representing Body Diversity & Disabled Models, Saroni highlights, “It’s imperative to perpetuate Body Diversity & Inclusion in the business of media, fashion & entertainment. As an Indian-origin actor & model, cancer-survivor, facing multiple invisible disabilities like endometriosis, femoral tumour, essential thrombocythemia, crippling pain in my leg, to name a few, having faced bullying and body-shaming, The Dusky Queens tells a truly empowering and inclusive story about women of colour.”

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