Photography by Chloe Mallett • Fashion direction by Sally Matthews • Words by Julia Maile
Born into an acting dynasty with a string of successful films to her name and over 30 million combined social media followers, actor Sonam Kapoor is bona fide Bollywood royalty. But don’t mistake her for some sort of pampered princess. Determined to use her high profile for good, she’s an outspoken advocate for the causes she believes in. Whether that’s fighting the gender pay gap, speaking out against victim blaming or campaigning to end child hunger, The MOD meets the formidable, accomplished woman who’s not afraid to speak her mind.
Sonam Kapoor strides into the North London house where our shoot is taking place looking every inch the off-duty Bollywood star. Wearing Ellery’s signature flares, a vintage sequined top layered over a shirt emblazoned with motorbikes, and black biker boots, the 32-year-old has a commanding presence that immediately makes everyone on set sit up and take notice. Yet she quickly whips off her dark sunglasses and puts everyone at ease, ordering coffee, and – “something with chocolate from Pret” – before getting comfortable for hair and make-up. Endearingly uncensored, she chats candidly about everything from her upcoming travel plans, to jokes she’s played on photographer friends, and more serious matters altogether.