SPECIAL FEATURE, Lirminta Rongpipi: A New Karbi Youth Icon

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Majority of the people of Karbi Anglong and other parts of the North-East India may not be familiar with Lirminta Rongpipi, who is an icon for the young Karbi generation, considering the state of affairs, accessibility and the geographical location of her hometown. Her passion and success into the profession and that too at the national level has ignited new hopes and aspiration among the youths of the hill district.

Meet Lirminta Rongpipi- a young Karbi girl who is among the few lucky ones to be featured in national and international sports and apparel companies and fashion magazines and brands like NIKE, Zara, H&M, Amazon, ELLE, Cosmopolitan, Femina, SSS and i-D magazine.

Here’s a sneak peek into her background
Lirminta Rongpipi, was born and raised in small town of Diphu, Karbi Anglong district. She is the eldest of the two children of respected social and cultural activist Saising Rongpi and Helen Terangpi. Her younger brother Phurkim Rongpi is also currently pursuing graphic designing in Delhi.

Education
Pre-nursery at Sprindale School and studied at Don Bosco School till class-II and later joined Miles Bronson Residential School, Borjhar (Guwahati) from where she completed +12 with letter in three subjects. She then joined Indraprastha College for Women, DU in Delhi for her degree course with honours in Political Science.

Work and Career
Lirminta got admitted to Mod’Art International Delhi, sister concern of Mod’Art Paris, a premium Parisian fashion school, known for providing exclusive education to fashion enthusiasts since 1982.

After this she worked as intern with the Street Style Spot light and then gradually got her break by featuring on the issues of International fashion magazine including Amazon, ELLE, Cosmopolitan, Femina, SSS and i-D magazine to carve a niche in the fashion industry of India.

She is definitely the first Karbi and one of the few from the North East India to get selected and She shot into limelight when got featured for Zara, H&M, and NIKE – one of the world’s most popular sportswear and apparel company, whose posters featuring her could be still seen in the Nike showrooms in Delhi and Gurgaon. And more recently she was featured in the Hindustan Times Lifestyle section on January 27, 2018.
The journey and success of Lirminta Rongpipi into the fashion world is an inspiration not only for her parents but to the whole of Karbis of Karbi Anglong, and specially the youths, many of whom could explore the opportunities that other profession offers. She is not only an icon for the Karbis but also for other small and humble tribal people of the North-East India.

She is very passionate, dedicated, hard work and down-to-earth individual. It would be an honour to have her at this year Karbi Youth Festival, 2018, and hope that our youths would take the opportunity to learn from her work.