As boxer Lovlina Borgohain makes her runway debut, we take a look at the athletes who have walked the ramp in style.

Italian fashion designer Giorgio Armani once said, « Sport will always be important in global culture, and therefore fashion, as a reflection of cultural trends, will always incorporate influences from sport. » One common factor connects these two worlds – sport and fashion – and that is entertainment. Whether on or off the pitch, such as tennis star Sania Mirza, outfielder Saina Nehwal, hockey player Udita Duhan or cricketer Hardik Pandya, each of them has won hearts. And to join them on this elegant journey, none other than boxing ace and Olympic medalist Lovlina Borgohain. Lovlina recently did the showstopper for fashion design duo Bidyut and Rakesh at the Northeast Festival in Guwahati.

Draped in a traditional mulberry silk sari, Lovlina looked dazzling as she walked gracefully down the banister. She took to Instagram to share her experience and wrote, I was absolutely overwhelmed and thrilled to be the Show Stopper of the Northeast Festival held in Guwahati. It was a great pleasure to wear @bidyut_rakesh’s bridal collection and share the ramp with her. I loved the traditional Mulberry Silk Paat saree. Sincere thanks to @shyammahanta Sir for the invite. I was truly humbled by everyone’s immense love. It was a great pleasure to see @_adilhussain and @Zubinji at the event.(sic)”

Over the years, the Indian fashion industry has seen many celebrities from the sports world parade down the catwalks with flying colors. Here’s a look at some of the highlights from the show:

Queen of the Court: Sania Mirza

Sania Mirza stuns in Anushree Reddy’s pink lehenga.

Whether on the court or on the track, Sania Mirza knows how to impose herself in style. Although her style is always a mix of casual and chic looks with a touch of drama, Sania has never been shy about experimenting with her fashion choices. In 2018, Sania transformed into a showstopper for fashion designer Anushree Reddy in a voluminous embroidered pink lehenga ensemble.

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In February 2020, she walked the runway again at Lakme Fashion Week, in a handmade monochrome ensemble for the Eka label. She posted a photo on Instagram and wrote: Had a lot of fun showcasing @ekaco handloom collection in collaboration with Telangana government at @lakmefashionwk last night (sic).

Catwalk rockstar: Hardik Pandya

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A perfect fit with fashion: PV Sindhu

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The unstoppable: Deepa Malik and Udita Duhan

Paralympic athletes Deepa Malik (above) and Udita Duhan (below) were part of fashion designer Rina Dhaka’s digital showcase.

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“Fashion should be for everyone, just like sport is for everyone,” Paralympian Deepa Malik expressed when speaking to News18. Deepa and Indian hockey player Udita Duhan were part of fashion designer Rina Dhaka’s digital showcase for FDCI x Lakme Fashion Week in 2021. The showcase, titled ‘The Unstoppables’, resonated with the spirit of Deepa and Udita who followed their passion and never gave up.

The ultimate stallion: Ravi Kumar Dahiya

Ravi Kumar Dahiya has become a muse for fashion designer Mohammed Mazhar.

Olympic silver medalist Ravi Kumar Dahiya made his runway debut at fashion designer Mohammed Mazhar’s show in 2021. Dressed in a rustic-style Indo-Bohemian outfit, Ravi stunned the world of glamor and fraternity of fashion by her graceful and elegant appearance in the show’s digital showcase. In an interview with News18, the wrestling icon said dressing up in designer outfits and walking the ramp is as exciting as wrestling.

Bhaichung Bhutia in Label Kuzu

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Former Indian professional footballer Bhaichung Bhutia gave a touch of enduring fashion style on the catwalk. He walked down the ramp for Kuzu by Karma Sonam Bhutia in 2018 and everyone cheered as he strutted around in style.

Little Miss Sunshine: Saina Nehwal

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Olympic medalist and badminton player Saina Nehwal has a very stylish and classy fashion sense. In 2019, Saina was the star of Vaani Raghupathy’s Magnoliaá label. Dressed in an ochre-gold lehenga with a fully embroidered blouse and dupatta, Saina was all smiles on the catwalk.

A box of surprises: MC Mary Kom

MC Mary Kom participated in the Sonnets in Fashion show organized by the Mijwan Welfare Society.

Manish Malhotra’s Sonnets in Fashion, organized by the Mijwan Welfare Society in 2012, saw many celebrities parade in dazzling ensembles. Indian boxer MC Mary Kom made a fashion statement with her presence. Dressed in a pink anarkali with an embellished trim around the waist and at the end of the sleeves, the look was completed with a sheer red dupatta with gold trim.

Captain Cool & Chic: Mithali Raj

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In 2020, Indian cricketer Mithali Raj made her runway debut with Payal Singhal’s fashion show. The captain of India’s women’s cricket team looked stunning as she walked down the ramp in a lehenga and off-the-shoulder top in a pale blush, adorned with appliques and zardozi.

After the show, Mithali wrote on Instagram, “The reunion of @payalsinghal and @corcalforbeauty was such a fitting collaboration, celebrating beauty in strength. We focus so much on our appearance that we forget to feel good! Strong is gorgeous! (sic).

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