It is quite rare for a politician to be well-liked by people, but one person who has managed this feat, and become a social media star in the process, is Jagmeet Singh. A Sikh of Punjabi descent, Singh has endeared himself to many Canadians with his brand of progressive politics. The former lawyer turned parliamentarian is also a charismatic and fashion-conscious leader, and this has turned him into a media star. Singh is now one of the most high-profile figures in Canadian politics, and part of those that have helped him in his successful political career so far is his wife, Gurkiran Kaur Sidhu. A high-flying fashion designer, humanitarian, and activist, Sidhu proves that she is so much more than a beautiful armpiece.
Gurkiran Kaur Sidhu Was Born in Canada but is of Punjabi Descent
Gurkiran Kaur Sidhu was born in the town of Brampton in Ontario province, Canada, on the 6th of April 1990. It, therefore, means that she has Canadian nationality. It also means that she is about 11 years older than her famous husband. While this is a significant gap, Sidhu and her husband have several things in common, and one of them is their ethnic heritage. Both were born in Canada to parents of Punjabi descent, an ethnic group that is commonly found in Indian as well as Pakistan. As is common knowledge, Singh’s parents migrated to Canada in search of the proverbial better life, which will likely also be the case with Sidhu’s parents.
That information doesn’t exist for sure, but we know that even though she was born in Canada and has spent all her life in Canada, Sidhu’s parents and paternal grandmother, Jangir Kaur, did not let her forget her heritage. They instilled a love for Punjabi culture in both Sidhu and her sister, Anupreet, and both girls carried it with them throughout their school days and beyond. No matter how cosmopolitan their city got, both girls never forgot the way of life that their parents had instilled in them.
She and her Elder Sister, Anu, Run a Punjabi-Inspired Fashion Line Known as Jangiiro
All the efforts that Gurkiran Kaur Sidhu’s parents and grandmom made in teaching her and her sister their culture has not been in vain as both girls have grown up to co-found their own new-age Punjabi clothing line known as Jangiiro. The brand is named after their grandmom and is inspired by vintage Punjab styles and the richness and vibrancy of Punjab clothing. Jangiiro has been in existence for several years now and has attracted numerous customers with their talent for producing customized and unique garments for each person.
The line focuses on women’s wear and has several beautiful suits, saris, and bedazzled boat-necks to their credit. They also deal in jewelry, including earrings, neckpieces, chokers, and the likes. Sidhu and her sister also design for males. For instance, during her wedding to Jagmeet Singh in 2018, her fashion line designed the gorgeous outfits she wore for several ceremonies and her husband’s own. Jangiiro is indeed thriving, and Sidhu and her sister have been praised for blending traditional pieces of Punjab culture with a contemporary style.
Gurkiran Kaur Sidhu is also an activist and a humanitarian
Gurkiran Kaur Sidhu and her husband have yet to reveal what first attracted them to each other, but we daresay that their passion for helping humanity may have played a part. While her husband is doing his good as a public citizen, the fashion designer is accomplishing something similar, even as a private citizen. Gurkiran Kaur Sidhu has been involved in several charity works, including volunteering for Khalsa Aid, a UK-based international non-profit humanitarian organization supporting victims of natural and man-made disasters worldwide.
Gurkiran Kaur Sidhu is also not afraid of using her voice to speak out for issues close to her heart, both in her native Canada and her ancestral home of India. For instance, during the prolonged faceoff between the Indian government and farmers over the former’s proposed Farmer’s Bill in 2020/2021, Sidhu spoke out in support of the farmers whose livelihoods were treated by the government’s actions. She has also performed traditional Punjab prayers known as ardas for the souls of hundreds of indigenous Canadian children who died and were buried in unmarked graves at the residential schools they were forced to attend back in the 19th and 20th centuries.
Gurkiran Kaur Sidhu and Jagmeet Singh Began Dating in 2017 and Got Engaged in 2018
Gurkiran Kaur Sidhu and Jagmeet Singh are hands down one of the most beautiful couples in Canadian public life, and their love story began in the year 2017 when they started dating. Even before then, the couple knew each other as far back as 2010 but were only friends. They stayed in that friend zone for a while and only began dating in 2017. Once they commenced a romantic relationship, things progressed quickly between Sidhu and Singh. After some months of dating, they joined hands together with their family to organize a traditional rokha ceremony (the rokha ceremony indicates that the courtship phase of a relationship has ended and that the traditional wedding is next) in December 2017.
A few months after the rokha, Sidhu, and Singh formerly got engaged in January 2018. For the engagement, the couple organized a small private party for their closest family members at a vegetarian restaurant where they had their first date. Singh got down on one knee and popped the big question with a gorgeous ring, and Sidhu said yes. Singh was quite ecstatic and did not attempt to hide his joy at the whole thing. He and his wife-to-be happily waded into the crowd. He also took to social media to share pictures of the proposal. This prompted many people to ask him why he chose to publicize the proposal, and his response was simply that he was super excited about taking a step forward with his partner.
The Couple Got Married in February 2018 and Are Expecting Their First Child
Following that exuberant proposal, Gurkiran Kaur Sidhu and Jagmeet Singh started preparing for their nuptials in earnest and later tied the knot in February 2018. In line with their Punjab culture, the wedding featured several ceremonies that were held in Mexico and Sidhu’s hometown of Brampton. The first part of the ceremonies was the Sangeet, an event for the ladies filled with music and dancing. The couple later flew down to Mexico, where they had a destination wedding and also spent their honeymoon.
Gurkiran Kaur Sidhu officially became Jagmeet Singh’s Wife on the 22nd of February 2018, and their marriage has been going well since that time. The couple regularly post pictures of each other on Instagram. They have also attended several ceremonies together, including the 2018 edition of the Juno Awards (Canada’s most significant music award ceremonies). Sidhu has also utilized her fashion knowledge to spruce up her husband’s appearance, picking out the colorful turbans that have become his trademark. Beyond fashion, she has also helped him in his public service career.
She helped him campaign for successful elections in 2017 and 2019 when he became leader of his party (New Democratic Party) and MP, respectively. She was also by his side during the 2021 campaign for the Canadian federal parliament election. While many people will find the campaigning process brutal, Sidhu describes it as fun. The fashion designer loves the energy associated with it as well as the family created in campaign mode. She has no hesitations about welcoming kids into the mix, and in August 2021, she and her husband announced that they would be having a baby. It will be their first child for either of them.