Dudes work the nose stud... and they feel no less manly
Bollywood actor Aamir Khan (above) is one of the celebrity male icons of a style that has long been considered feminine. Aamir created a buzz recently with photos of a prominent nose stud. Actors Ranveer Singh and Ayushmann Khurrana have also flaunted the stud.
The style has its followers among the regular men of Delhi, and not just because of celebs. “Nose piercing for men is now a way of expressing oneself. Over the past months, the number of men visiting my studio for nose piercing has increased, and they’re not just people working in fashion but are also from the corporate world. I have doctors and businessmen visiting my salon to get their nose pierced,” says tattoo artist Vikas Malani.
Makeup artist Jason Arland (right, below), who wears a nose stud, says it doesn’t take away from masculinity. “A lot of college-goers and fashionsavvy people are opting for it, because they’re not afraid of getting stereotyped,” he says.
Leading model Rouallah Gazi (right, above) had his nose pierced recently in Goa. “I was apprehensive as to what my clients would think. But I’ve been getting compliments; designers find it cool. I don’t think a nose pin makes you look any less manly,” he says.