Masaba Gupta is one of the most successful designers in the industry. After her show Masaba Masaba dropped on Netflix a couple of months back, she grabbed a lot of eyeballs for her story as 'black-skinned'. In her latest conversation with Barkha Dutt, Masaba reveals that she faced racism in most of her childhood days.
"It was reactions of friends and acquaintances, people who you thought had your back that affected me. A friend of mine brought up the color of my skin every time I asked her about what to wear, what subject to study, or what sport I should play. I thought it was bizarre. However, more than the color of my skin, it was about the relationship of my parents. I remember being called a b*stard child a lot. Lots of boys in my school will ask ‘is she the ba**ard?’ I didn’t understand what it meant and I went and asked my mother when I was young and she explained it to me by the book. She said this is what it means and be prepared to get more of this," she said.
Recalling an incident, Masaba added, “I played professional tennis in school and I was permitted to come late to the class as I was playing for the state. The boys in the class will open my bag, take out my underwear, and toss it around. They would make fun of my shorts because I was a bigger girl. They would be like ‘is it all black inside from the color of her skin’. You think you outgrow it but you don’t.” Masaba Gupta is the daughter of veteran actress Neena Gupta and cricketer Vivian Richards.