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Real world – real women: Sports marketing director Deepthi Bopaiah

Real world – real women: Sports marketing director Deepthi Bopaiah
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As part of the Real World – Real Women series we present to you –
‘Deepthi Bopaiah- Marketing Director @ Go Sports Foundation (Bangalore), who oozes dynamism and passion for what she does.

One up for ‘Sisterhood’ as Deepthi spreads the vibe.

Conscious Fashion to you?
Being comfortable and wearing what suits and compliments my personality

Your work does not feel like work because…  
I completely believe in the saying by Confucius: “Choose a job you love and you will never have to work a day in your life.”
I believe my team and me are putting professionalism, structure and positivity into Indian Sport and ensuring we create a legacy to create champions in the future.

As Marketing Director for ‘Go Sports Foundation’ what are your challenges especially in a male dominated sphere when it comes to sports in India?
I don’t think there are any specific challenges only because you are a woman. But yes, they are quite shocked when they see a woman who quit a high paying bank job talking passionately about our sport system in federation meetings.

What can be done at the grass root level for younger girls to take up Sports actively?
Sports should be compulsory and part of the curriculum in school and colleges and it should be mandatory that everybody plays a sport. Usually when the girl child is 9- 10 years they need to be encouraged by parents and school authorities to play sport rather than only excelling in Studies.

What is that one thing in a day that you do for yourself ?
I try to workout everyday – Maybe hit the gym 3 times a week or play a game of tennis.

I believe you are what you eat.
Yes, we are what we eat but I am not somebody who follows that. I am a total foodie and enjoy trying and tasting different cuisines.

Your favourite style of dressing that acts as a pick up on those difficult days?
I am comfortable wearing formal shirts and jeans or even kurtas on jeans.

Timeless Beauty-Fashion Icon?
I really like the way Princess Kate dresses for every occasion. She has an easy but classy style, which works, so well for her personality. In India I like how Sridevi has been keeping up with her style over the years and I also really like Deepika Padukone’s iconic look.

Unconventional Beauty means…
Not to be a high fashion runway model. Yet look and feel good to be yourself.

Are you a high maintenance or low-maintenance Sister when it comes to grooming?
I am somewhere in between both. I do believe the first thing people notice about an individual is what you wear and how you look hence it is important to wear the right outfit for the right occasion. I do like certain big brands but would also pick up something off a smaller store if I really like it.

Indian women and emancipation- What do you feel is the one crucial aspect that can be done?
I feel we should communicate through various media that it is absolutely fine for women to pamper themselves and spend money and time on themselves to feel and look good. Every woman whether a school/college student or homemaker or business woman needs to believe that they are individuals first and then a mother,wife, daughter in law…and all the various roles we play in our society.

How do you juggle busy work schedules and personal commitments?
I have extremely helpful and supportive family members and allow me to pursue my dreams and ambitions. Hence, I am able to manage both my commitments.

After a long 9-12 hour work day I…
Unwind!! I love watching TV and listening to old Hindi songs.

Khadi as fashionable clothing- what do you feel?
I used to always wonder why do I need to wear only Khadi kurtas. It’s so light and comfortable and the colors are gorgeous. Why can’t somebody make more formal/casual wearable stuff. I am glad that the need was identified and Red Sister Blue as a brand has brought this forth to Indian women.

How do you spread the Sisterhood Vibe in your daily life?
Post a six-year stint in banking where I was extremely comfortable and doing pretty well for myself, there came a point when I felt I was not learning anything new not really contributing and using my skill sets to the best of my ability. Having played sport in my childhood days, I always wanted to have a career in sports, so when this opportunity came along – though it was a difficult decision to make – I jumped into it. Having said that, once I have made that decision, my last two years have opened up so many new avenues and interests, which I could have never done and been part of, if I continued in the bank. Hence, I try and actively talk and encourage a lot of my girl friends and family to take up jobs where they truly feel like they are contributing and also get a sense of accomplishment and satisfaction for working hard, smart and sincerely.

 

Deepthi Bopaiah

Deepthi Bopaiah

Real world – real women spread the vibe of sisterhood

Real world – real women spread the vibe of sisterhood
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‘Our Brand is all about Khadi and Women thus embodying the Spirit of Sisterhood in all its hues and colours. Being an Interactive and Conscious brand, we now bring to you a regular Q&A session with some very cool and dynamic women across various walks of life. From Bollywood, to Glam business, to Sports, Corporate and everything in between. Women who are independent, women who love Khadi and women who inspire.’

The dynamic Puja Agarwal – MD @ Pearl Events and Entertainment in a tete a tete with Team Red Sister Blue.

Conscious Fashion to you?
I wear clothes that make me feel comfortable and confident. I don’t let fashion own me. This to me is ‘Conscious Fashion’

Your work does not feel like work because…
I enjoy my work and I have the liberty to take my decisions in my own way.

As MD for ‘Pearl Entertainment what are your challenges especially in a male dominated sphere when it comes to Celeb/Talent management in India?
Showing one’s value and worth is the best way to be treated better. Don’t complain. Just do it.
Typically, you have to stand your ground, and you have to be assertive and persistent to be able to set and establish your place in this competitive industry.
“It’s not so much about being ‘tough’ as it is about being focused, being direct, and staying firm in one’s position. And yes, it’s much harder to get away with this when you are younger, and you don’t have as much credibility. As you age, it gets much easier but you still can’t let your guard down.

What can be done to bring in more awareness for younger girls who aspire to make Glamor business their profession? (so that they are aware of the the Do’s & Don’ts)
DON’T: Get carried away with the glam factor.
DO: Wear that fits you perfectly, be bold and confident.
DON’T be afraid to break the “fashion rules.” Remember…rules are meant to be broken.
DON’T let fear get the best of your outfits. Fashion is supposed to be fun.
DO: wear bright colors and bold prints. Be daring! There’s nothing to be scared of.
DO wear whatever you want. You are a fashionista and true fashion is for those who wish to express themselves through their clothing.

What is that one thing in a day that you do for yourself- ? (can be health/beauty/lifestyle related)
I make sure that I spend some quality time with ‘myself’ despite my hectic schedules. I have learnt to take better care of myself now when I travel extensively.

I believe you are what you eat…
It’s definitely true! Food plays a very pivotal role in our spiritual growth, mental well being along with our physical health.

Your favorite style of dressing that acts as a pick up on those difficult days?
In difficult times, fashion is always outrageous. I wear a harem and a top with a pair of sneakers.

Timeless Beauty-Fashion Icon (Any woman who motivates or you look up to and why)?
Undoubtedly Rekhaji!! Because she knows how to carry herself in any era.

Unconventional beauty means…
Unconventional beauty means someone who is beautiful in their own way and is not a slave to the dictates of society’s definition of beauty.

Are you a high maintenance or low-maintenance Sister when it comes to grooming?
Low Maintenance.

Indian women and emancipation (What do you feel is the one crucial aspect that can be done?)…
Self-belief and self independent are the main aspects for not just Indian women but any woman anywhere.

How do you juggle busy work schedules and personal commitments?
I finish my work on time, everytime. So it doesn’t hamper my personal commitments and vice versa.

After a long 9-12 hour work day – I unwind…
Try to Do Something I Enjoy.

Khadi as fashionable clothing – what do you feel?
I find Khadi very fashionable and I feel comfortable when I wear Khadi.  Khadi has played an immense role in our country’s Independence. To me ‘Khadi’ stands for simplicity, not shoddiness.

How do you spread the Sisterhood Vibe in your daily life? (relating to other women)
Khadi is a way to say who you are without having to speak. I try to make sure that the women feel good about themselves and have fun with fashion.