Alisha Yuhanna: For Love and Lehengas

Alisha Yuhanna: For Love and Lehengas

Growing up in America as a child of immigrants is almost never easy. Trying to find the balance between embracing holidays like 4th of July and Holi. Some people have found that while at home they are finding themselves lending more to their Indian culture and once out in public they are "completely American" This was true for Alisha Yuhanna, who found herself wondering why there was a separation and why she found a division within herself. 

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This is when she came up with the idea of Desi Millennia with her long time friend Radhika Srivastava. Desi Millennials are young men and women who have had the "opportunity to embrace two cultures to call [their] own." Having grown up in the Bay Area, Alisha had the unique opportunity from a young age to be taught to accept all backgrounds and ethnicity and embrace the understanding that there does not have to be a divide between heritages, rather they are one. Alisha states, "I started the project Desi Millennia with my co-founder Radhika to highlight the pride of forward thinking desi millennials in embracing their traditional and modern values! 
Lehenga Ruhee Kyra and Vir Red Gold
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For Alisha, part of accepting her dual heritage is becoming comfortable in wearing traditional South Asian wear, so when she had her first opportunity to wear a lehenga, she was nervous, but also very proud and excited. She comments, "Lehengas used to intimidate me because I would show a bit of belly, however, this lehenga made me feel comfortable and confident" Alisha slowly began to fall in love with wearing traditional designs and now finds that they are her favorite. 


Image credit: Regie Lantin

Alisha comments, "Every single person should have the opportunity of wearing a stunning outfit that is reflective of their soul and heritage! This outfit makes me feel proud of my culture and confident to take on the world as elegant and fierce as possible!" 

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