How often do you come across passionate and driven people who go all in when it comes to pursuing their dreams? Not many. By now you must know that we’ve got a special place in our hearts for risk-takers. It was not long before we spotted Selina Phurumboo from West Sikkim, who left her 9 to 5 job to pursue what she always dreamt of doing – building a career in fashion design. This isn’t the only thing that stands out, her colorful hair perfectly compliments her ‘never-say-dull’ personality.
Selina shares about her early fascination for designing clothes for her Barbie doll out of waste fabric. She eventually realized that this was her calling and she’s here to tell us all about it.
“My name is Selina Subba. I’m 24 and busy pursuing my passion to become a creator in the world of Fashion. I’ve enrolled myself in a fashon designing course in Bangalore after quitting my boring 9-5 job. I was born and raised in a small village in West Sikkim until I attended a boarding school as my parents wanted me to get better education. I’m an avid reader and as a young kid, I was fascinated with galaxies and stars, even the tiniest speck of an atom. I wanted to become an astronaut! Looking back at those days of pure innocence and curiosity made me realise how my younger self was much more passionate and bold.
Apart from this fascination, the “little girl” inside of me also made me skip classes and spend hours with my best friend sticthing dresses for our dolls from old socks and my mom’s dupattas. I used to think it was every girl’s hobby to stitch clothes for their dolls, but little did I know that it would later become my lifes passion.
So tell us how you changed direction from pursuing a career in Nursing to Fashion?
I come from a very humble middle-class background where kids are still encouraged to focus on Science and Mathematics streams as a career path. I was trapped in that conventional and mundane life so with passing time, I just felt lost. I was working but I wasn’t motivated or passionate about my work. It felt like I was just following norms set by the society instead of following my natural tendencies and interests. I finally decided to quit nursing (despite my parent’s initial apprehension) and enrolled myself in a fashion designing course. It wasn’t an easy choice for the future was not promised but I’m glad that I made this move and grateful that my parents supported me throughout.
“Looking back at that phase of my life when I wanted to become an astronaut, I think I always had an eye for art and creativity. It made me realize how my younger self was much more passionate and bold. The happiness I experienced while stitching my dolls’ dresses was immeasurable. The fact that I can create ensembles from my imaginations makes that “little girl” inside of me extremely happy – even today!”
Making a decision to follow my heart was the best thing I have done for myself; my dreams keep getting bigger and bigger and that keeps my life exciting. I wish to break the myth that youngsters can only have guaranteed or safe careers if they pursue science streams. Through my experiences, I can say for sure that you cannot succeed if your heart’s not in it. Things are slowly changing, as I see many youngsters doing well for themselves by working hard on their talents. It’s so good to see them be so passionate and watching their parents support them makes me happy.
How’s your life now as a Fashion Student?
My life hasn’t changed drastically – I still go to college every day. The degree to which I find satisfaction in terms of my work and my life has definitely changed for the better. The constant positive responses I receive from my friends, faculties and my well-wishers on Instagram had made me even more zealous of achieving my goals.
I’m so glad that I get to work with some of the most talented people coming from various walks of life. Not only has it expanded my creativity and perspective but it’s also given me the right space to learn and broaden my horizon. When I’m in college, my busy curriculum keeps me occupied most of the time. The experience is demanding and enriching at the same time and my inquisitive mind simply love going through all the creative processes!
How do you stay creative?
Exploring and sourcing fabrics and other materials from different places is a great way to get new inspirations. I’m also hooked to platforms like Pinterest. I love attending events, art galleries and exhibition to meet new people to exchange ideas and collaborate with. Apart from work engagements, I love spending quality time with people who spread positivity and the ones who are encouraging and humble.
I draw major inspiration from street style clothing. I feel it’s the rawest form of style, the way people experiment with different colors, take risks and give the faintest clue to who they are.
Staying true to what she believes in, Selina’s recent work called PLUVIOPHILE (Monsoon Mist) takes inspirations from her natural surroundings: The tropical rain, the chicken fence, and the yellow New York cab
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