It is said that every human being has a purpose and the lucky ones are able to find it. Navreet Josan probably does not even know that she has stumbled upon her purpose, but she sure has busted stereotypes on her way.
Navreet is a makeup artist based out of Delhi and works with a major international cosmetics company. A 30-year-old Jalandhar girl, Navreet is also a bodybuilder in the bikini class category. Considered the least bulky of all the women’s bodybuilding categories, the bikini class emphasises muscle tone and symmetry over bulk.
Navreet had an impressive run in 2014 where she not only competed in competitions abroad but did remarkably well. At the NPC New York Grand Prix, 2015, she stood first in the Bikini Novice and Bikini Open competitions; at the NPC Eastern USA Championship, 2015 she stood second in the Bikini Novice competiton; at the NPC Fort Lauderdale Cup 2015, she stood third at the Bikini Novice competition and fourth in the Bikini Open.
Navreet’s story busts all the cliched standards of femininity, as she bring together a ‘masculine’ and a ‘feminine’ touch to her overall appearance, which she merges beautifully and seamlessly.
In sports, gender barriers are a very grave reality for a woman, and outside of that arena – a woman who looks more ‘masculine,’ is questioned on her ‘womanhood.’ She is asked to conform to the unwritten norms of femininity, and if she doesn’t, she is labelled a freak and so on.
However, even though these achievements are remarkable, that is not what this piece is about. It is about how Navreet has brought two seemingly separate worlds together and beautifully made them merge. There is no jarring collision: just a beautiful fusion where she seamlessly moves from talking about whey protein to dishing out make up tips. And this is Navreet’s beauty – the minute you start creating a certain stereotypical picture of her based on just one aspect of what she does, she makes you completely change it. She defies gender stereotypes of all kinds: on one hand, she is competing in bodybuilding, an extremely “masculine” sport while on the other hand she has an extremely “feminine” profession as a makeup artist.