Zinnia Kumar is a 24 year old, London based model, a published scientist and is currently undertaking postgraduate research towards her research on ‘colourism and skin tone discrimination in South Asia’ at the University of Oxford. Zinnia has become an advocate for colourism, a phenomenon she studied and experienced during her career. Colourism is the discrimination of someone because of his or her darker skin tone.
In an exclusive write-up for Verve Zinnia Kumar opens up about her personal battles with social phobia and distorted expectations of women in fashion. She uses her celebrity to spread the real meaning of beauty.