Make The World A Betterplace:
She’s a woman who is using her style and creativity for good. Fashion to Sanjana Jon is not the end but the means to the end, which is to make the world a better place filled with love and light.she always dreamed of becoming a fashion designer with a cause. Built on a high-level of quality, superb craftsmanship, and femininity, her collections offer sophisticated and unique choices for consumers. Sanjana Jon is an International Fashion Designer and Social Activist. She shares her views with Dipika Chopra, S&A…
Sanjana initisted her career with her brother Anand Jon in New York by creating a jewelry line which was valued by David Bowie & Barbara Hershey and followed by a men’s collection and highlighted by Bruce Springsteen, Backstreet Boys, Collective Soul, Matchbox 20 to name a few. Her acclaimed debut was at Cannes for the Film Festival, supported by Prince Albert of Monaco, Princess Sorayya, Princess Sara Al Saud, Princess Olivia de Borbon and more which led to the New York Fashion week debut and Vancouver fashion week where she won International Rising Star award.
She has propagated fashion with heart where every show or event supports a charity or cause. Sanjana has been a socially motivated person since her school and college days. She used to provide food and clothing to the underprivileged kids and read for the blind students. A special sanctuary was set for more than a 100 tigers in Florida and special campaign was organized with Anand Jon & Michelle Rodriegez to save tigers and animals globally. Paws for style where celebs walked with their pets was again highlighted and supported by Sanjana and Anand Jon to create love for animals. She has been actively creating awareness about various issues such as AIDS Awareness and HIV testing, human and Animal Rights. She got many celebrity siblings to endorse the Save the Girl Child, including Salman Khan, Sohail Khan, Sushmita Sen,riya and Raima Sen, Sajid and Wajid Khan.
Recently, she organized a Sanjana Jon Creative Tihar show and project in Tihar with inmates- For the inmates, By the inmates and Of the inmates and tried to create a constructive, creative training program to make the inmates a more resourceful progressive part of the community. Currently she is working on Pride of India Show, an attempt to break the Guinness Book of World Records with more than 500 models promoting and highlighting traditional and cultural wear of every state in India, by propagating the Celebration of the Girl Child and in support of Global Human Rights.
Winner of innumerable awards including Karamveer Puraskar, Paramveer Award, Indira Gandhi Award, Rajiv Gandhi Excellence awards, “Hall of Fame: 2014 IMMJJ Award for Excellence, SEWA Excellence Awards, Paramveer Excellence Awards, Nari Shakti Awards, to name a few, spoke candidly to Dipika.
Your journey so far
It’s been an epic! No less. I deal with my trials and tribulations and I thrive on the fact Bhagwan ke ghar main der hain, andher nahin.
Which Key characteristics do you see a female leader having?
Compassion, Passion and the most of all the humanitarian dedication to make this world a better place. Female leaders are Shakti and have a much better understanding of how to deal with family and secular issues, in a diplomatic and balanced manner.
What is the greatest learning you have had?
Life itself has been my learning curve. So there have been many learnings and to quote a few - After the darkest nights comes the brightest dawn. I’d rather die on my feet than live on my knees. I want to be the candle that burns twice as bright and half as long. Live everyday, as it’s my last!
“Women Empowerment can truly happen only when the most important right of all is given to any woman the right to be born more that education, politics, jobs-the actual right to be born is the most valuable and important of them all.”
How would you define your personal style?
I wear what I’m comfortable in and what suits me the best. Also to wear what’s appropriate depending on the occasion. I love my sunglasses, boots and caps and most of all anything in whites since it depicts peace and purity
One of your guilty pleasures
My 60 adopted street puppies at home and the 300 we take care of. I just love every moment of my life with them.
What are some of the most innovative ways you’ve seen entrepreneurs leveraging business to create social impact?
From Warren Buffet, Bill Gates to Ratan Tata, Salman Khan these icons have set amazing examples on how to give back. Life to them has been about actually making difference and stepping up to set an example, how to be better human beings. Success is not just about fame and fortune, but how you can actually utilize your given blessings, to benefit if not everyone at least someone.
Give us an insight on Beti Bachao Beti Padhao initiative. What are the main objectives of this initiative?
Bet bachao Beti Padhao is an incredible initiative taken by Modi Govt. Thru this program, Ministry of Women and Child Development under Minister Maneka Gandhi ji is working to eradicate female feticide in our country by supporting education and thereby empowering the girl child and women on the whole -by making them self sufficient and self supportive. They no longer denote a bane but become a boon to the family and society, and in turn families will start to value the girl child, hopefully as much as the boy for the boy.
What do you think is the key to professional success for women in India?
Women have surpassed men in several fields and its heart warming to see the initiatives taken by them to support their families. To have innovative ventures that are non traditional and to utilize the different schemes by our Govt and to promote and propagate progress individually. Women have to stop undermining themselves and act as equals.
How would you define women empowerment?
Women Empowerment can truly happen only when the most important right of all is given to any woman. The right to be born more than education, politics, jobs. The actual right to be born is the most valuable and important of them all. Thereby, only when we eradicate female feticide can we truly stand up as a women empowered society. When we have the freedom to move without fear that’s when we can talk about equality verbalization and Implementation are too far from each other and the need to is have women got to school or college or work or even for a simple outing without fear that’s when we will actually be living in a women empowered society
In your opinion how equivalent are women and men in terms of mental ability, endurance or abilities to shoulder responsibilities?
Both are their strengths and weaknesses —sometimes individually too, it may vary but understanding and empowering your strengths, be it a man or woman that is truly the best way to shoulder responsibility. From Physical to mental to spiritual our development depends and varies from person to person. Thereby the enhancement of qualities individually would give them the best ability to shoulder responsibility
Do you think a woman entrepreneur in general needs to have certain set of skills to start and run her business successfully?
In General both need to have skills be it man or woman. But more than men, women need a strong family to back them up and support them, to run their businesses. Since, traditionally its the son who takes over or sets up most businesses. The family they are born into or married to should have the faith to either support them directly or to get the loans to get their business started and running.
Your opinion as to why women sometimes defer from men?
Physically and mentally we are constituted differently and we have to understand our potential and develop them accordingly. The underlying maternal nature in women instinctively makes them more passionate, soft hearted, emotional and sometimes more vulnerable. But the true Shakti power within once unleashed there is nothing stopping them
Is there a difference between how women of different classes see their roles in society?
Most women in our society are brought up with the thought process that they have to become a good wife - good daughter in law and a good mother. In short they are taught to sacrifice their own life for everyone around. This is more predominant in the lower and middle class families whereas in the upper middle class and amongst the rich, women have far more options as far as education, jobs, life style and most of all free will. The dependency is radically different, thereby, their roles too differ from total independence to total dependence, depending on the class.
Looking back, can you tell us about your greatest highlights so far?
Everyday is an experience, some ecstatic, some painful and some extremely uncontrollably painful. Trying to deal with each has been a true battle. I still thank God for every blessing and every beautiful day that he has given me but I’m still waiting for the real highlight in my life.
Advice would you give young women who want to follow a similar path as you?
Understand the market and your true potential. Dealing with business is not just about production but its about understanding marketing and branding the most. Learning to project and promote your product is what will lead to success
What is the biggest way in which you see women helping women reach empowerment?
By setting up skill development centers, branding and marketing companies helping to promote their products. Actually, Consumers should be buying more products from small-scale industries that have been set by women
Do you think women’s empowerment will lead to social development?
NAYA BHARAT is all about women empowerment. It is about Shakti and it is the Future
Your plans for the future?
I normally take everyday as it comes-but my dream is to set up an organic ashram for all abandoned old people. Gausala’s for abused animals. It should be something that everyone does, to stop and prevent cruelty and overall violence.
My life is dedicated to truth and justice and to helping make this world a better place in my own little way.
Sushmita Sen and Salman Khan showstoppers for Sanjana’s Show.
Sanjana Jon with Ratan Kaul and top government officials