Racism runs deep in India's history, its roots intertwined with colonialism and caste. But while the colonisers have left the building, their legacy continues to find expression in a prejudice that manifests in everything from relationship prospects to hiring practices.

The project, first seen in Motherland magazine, will continue to take shape in the coming months via this online repository of images and interviews, and will culminate in a rich media exhibition later this year that expands this roster. The notion of a "black list" might suggest a negative association, but in Dark & Lovely this list is a chronicle of achievement, and evidence that we're not just the product of our traditions.

Amrita Mahindroo

Amrita Mahindroo
Associate producer at Bootpolissh films

Anoushka Dabholkar

Anoushka Dabholkar
Runs a concierge company

Aparna Murali

Aparna Murali
Doctoral candidate

Deepshikha Khanna

Deepshikha Khanna
Textile Developer

Juhi Pande

Juhi Pande
Television presenter and writer

Lakshmi Menon

Lakshmi Menon
Supermodel and Photographer

Mudita Chandra

Mudita Chandra
Partner at Boogio11productions

Nandita Chandra

Nandita Chandra
Actress/Lifestyle Consultant, New York

Shanel Chellaram

Shanel Chellaram
Fashion & lifestyle strategy consultant

Sheetal Mallar

Sheetal Mallar
Photographer and former model

Susmita Mohanty

Susmita Mohanty
Spaceship Designer + Aerospace Entrepreneur