Age: 23 Years
Marital Status: Unmarried
Hometown: Mumbai, India
Some Lesser Known Facts About Priyanka Paul
- Priyanka Paul is an Indian social media influencer who describes herself as an illustrator, poet, writer, storyteller and creator on her blog. She considers herself a member of the LGBTQIA+ community.
- On Instagram, Priyanka Paul is popularly recognised with the title ‘@artwhoring’ with over 73k followers. In a conversation with Femina Magazine, Priyanka Paul explained her choice of words while selecting her Instagram title. She said,
I use artwhoring because words like ‘slut’ and ‘whore’ are not used to refer to the profession but to women who choose to not conform or those who dress promiscuously or perhaps have as much or more sex than men do.”
- The social issues related to gender, caste, mental health, racism, LGBT rights, and body positivism are actively raised by her on Instagram and Twitter handles. She specifically raises her voice against the social discrimination done against transgenders.
- In an interview with ‘She The People,’ Priyanka Paul described her work strategy. She discussed that she wanted to be the voice of the unheard and re-evaluate the bad evils of society. She told,
With my art, I hope to convey the need to analyse the accepted and re-enforced social systems and norms and to re-evaluate all the wrong in society, that we never really even consider as wrong. I hope my art questions the status quo and provides a voice to the unheard.”
- Priyanka Paul is an artist-activist who expressed her imaginations through her artwork that excludes patriarchy. Her work depicts what should be the position of women in India both in Indian stereotype traditions as well as the social-political climate prevailing globally.
- In her series named “Goddess,” her artwork was inspired by “Pantheon” a poem by Harnidh Kaur. She described the enchanting and captivating goddesses from all around the world and reimagined it with the modern world woman. She related the 21st-century women with the conventional Goddesses.
- In an interview with a media house, Priyanka Paul narrated that she wanted to raise her voice against autocratic social norms. She further added that she would speak for the lost teenagers and the marginal people through her artwork. She explained,
I create for every voice that believes their life shouldn’t be limited by autocratic social constructs, for every voice that wants to scream out loud what they think, but a noose around their neck muffles their voices. I want to speak for the margins, the lost teenagers, the ones who’ve faced oppression, the ones who’ve been told that their pain is not worth being validated.”
- Priyanka Paul has her own website on which she sells various products with her artwork imprinted on them.
- One of Priyanka Paul’s artworks and designs on a t-shirt come up with cartoon graphics with the caption:
Tumhare paas माँ hai? Hamare paas Stigma hai’ printed on it.”
- In one of her artworks, she compared modern women with traditional women (Kali). She explained in this artwork that modern women are accepting their skin tone without getting adhere to the fair and lovely approach. In this picture, for example, she drew a modern Kali with a traditional nose ring and jewellery on her forehead while a traditional Kali Maa was printed on her cropped T-shirt.
- In one of her artworks, Priyanka Paul drew an image related to the normalization of the menstruation period in the minds of the people. For example, she created an artwork in which a woman wanted a black packet to carry her sanitary napkins.
- Priyanka’s artwork has been featured in various national international publications including The Fader, Hindustan Times, Femina, The Huffington Post, India Today, Buzzfeed. Several art galleries in India and all around the world also displayed her art. Priyanka has also worked as a columnist with DNA India.
- In November 2020, IPS Officer D Roopa Moudgil online criticised those who were banning the crackers on Diwali. Soon, she was criticised and trolled on her Tweet. Kangana Ranaut also demanded her resignation and called her undeserving and related it to the reservations system in India. She tweeted on 18 November 2020,
Side effects of reservations, when unworthy and undeserving gets the power they don’t heal they only hurt, I don’t know anything about her personal life but I guarantee that her frustration is stemming out of her incompetence.”
Priyanka retweeted Kangana’s tweet. She wrote and called her,
Crackpot and Spewing garbage.”
Kangana Ranaut responded to Paul on Twitter. She commented,
Apni halat dekho kuch lete kyun nahin? Self admittedly Suicidal ho, toxic ho, creepy looking bhi, aisi kaun si kami hai jo aap mein nahin? Mujhe gyan mat do mujhse gyan lo, change that hairstyle asap and learn to meditate.”
Further, the Twitter thread showed various verbal exchanges between the duo, and many other Twitter users also slammed Kangana on her harsh comments on someone’s mental health and physical appearance. Later, Kangana Ranaut blocked Priyanka Paul on Twitter. This social media debate gave Priyanka Paul popularity on social media.
- In 2019, she was featured in the ‘Paper Magazine’ where she mentioned that she grew up in that home environment where gay and queer words were regarded as myths. She considered herself in the LGBTQIA+ category. She revealed that it took a long time for her to identify her actual identity. She disclosed,
I grew up in an environment where being gay or queer was a myth, it wasn’t an actual thing. So I grew up thinking my identity wasn’t real at all, and after that when my social circles changed, I think it took a long time for me to come to terms with my own sexuality and to accept my own identity as a valid identity.”
- In one of her Instagram posts, while raising feminism issues Priyanka Paul asked that why is it not socially acceptable for women to not shave?
- According to the Better India media house, the aim of the artworks by Priyanka Paul is to visualise women equalisation against all the oppressions while women embracing their own femininity without being deteriorated and fetishized.
- In a conversation with The Better India, Priyanka explained her artwork on being a fat person. She stated that those women who were working on their body to lose weight and those who did not want to lose the weight, both were on their different journeys of life. She said that happiness and self-acceptance was the way to shine as amazing humans. She said,
The struggle of being fat, in my head it looks like this. What I weight drops down to me weighing all my options. To women who are trying their best to lose weight, all the best and I hope you love your bodies and work towards nurturing and loving it! To women who aren’t working out, all the best to you and in your journey to acceptance, I wish you love and well being.x To all women, you are beautiful and fearless and strong and through all your perfections and flaws, you bring to this world so much Happiness and love and so much more. So never stop shining all you amazing humans! ”