Maitreyi Ramakrishnan, ‘Never Have I Ever’ star, becomes the second person of South Asian origin to get featured on the cover of popular Teen Vogue magazine solo. Taking to Instagram, Versha Sharma, editor-in-chief of Teen Vogue, described Maitreyi as a rising star in her post.
“My first cover for @teenvogue is here and I could not be happier that it’s @maitreyiramakrishnan, rising star and hilarious talent, looking extra fashionable, surrounded by books,” added Versha, first South Asian Editor-in-chief of Teen Vogue, alongside the cover. “It’s classic brown girl vibes + back to school all in one.”
A New-York based media portal, The Juggernaut, in a post, wrote “At 19 years old, @maitreyiramakrishnan has made history as only the second person of South Asian descent to grace the cover of @teenvogue solo.”
Besides Maitreyi, Poorna Jagannathan and Richa Moorjani play the leading characters in the Netflix originals ‘Never Have I Ever’ revolving around Indian culture against an American backdrop.
This American coming-of-age comedy-drama television series is loosely based on Kaling’s childhood experiences in the Boston area. The story of the drama series also explores an Indian-American high school student named Devi Vishwakumar (played by Maitreyi Ramakrishnan) dealing with the death of her father.
Devi is a 15-year-old Indian-American Tamil girl based out of Sherman Oaks, Los Angeles. After the death of Devi’s father, Mohan (Sendhil Ramamurthy), Devi loses the use of her legs for three months. After a socially horrible freshman year, she wants to change her social status. However, her friends, family and feelings make it difficult for her.
She tries to cope with her grief, Indian identity and school life in the same year. She also struggles to reconcile her relationship with her mother, Nalini (Poorna Jagannathan), Kamala (Richa Moorjani), and her two best friends, Eleanor and Fabiola.
Interestingly, the series is mostly narrated by John McEnroe, a professional tennis player. Andy Samberg and Gigi Hadid also narrated one or two episodes.
The series has been so praised for breaking Asian stereotypes that Netflix renewed ‘Never Have I Ever’ for a second season which is already up on Netflix since July 15, 2021.