When does a beauty ‘pageant’ turn on its heels and walk off from what defined it?Was it a crisis of confidence, then, in its very DNA that prompted the Miss America pageant to banish its bikinis and evening gown rounds in favour of “social impact initiatives” of its contestants? Granted, the national institution was aligned to the male gaze, but to abjure ‘looks’ in favour of ‘talent’ will only invite grunts from Trump’s America.
Brazilian Marcelo should be proud of running tirelessly across the track for 90 minutes. Spain’s captain Sergio Ramos should be glad his brutal, but cunning, tackle put Mohamed Salah out of action. Together, the two Real Madrid players exhibit the Champion’s League Trophy in Madrid’s Cibeles Square. In all this, spare a mite of compassion for Liverpool’s goalie, the hapless Loris Karius.
“England is a lord-loving country,” lamented a foreigner centuries back, and nothing, it seems, pitches the nation into mass hysteria than a royal wedding. Other than the pomp and circumstance, the public fuss is a thing to behold. Though lower in key than his brother’s wedding (for the man might be king), Harry and Meghan had their share of grandeur, and posed with the royal brood for a handsome official photo.
Shockingly, Priyanka arrived at the wedding looking like a plain debutante trying too hard to impress. By comparison, look at Amal Clooney (sadly, not in this picture).
With wielders of poison-tipped pens poised to stab you for that one fashion faux pas, only the great glamorous pull it off on the Cannes red carpet with composed eclat. That rarefied list must now include Aishwarya Rai, who, in her 17th year on the carpet, carries this peacock-butterfly inspired (rather gaudy, if you ask me) gown as if born in it.
The rookie, Kangana, tries harder in this metallic, beaded jumpsuit, redolent partly of Saturday Night Live and partly of Jane Fonda’s Barbarella.
Elsewhere, the cast of Manto (Nandita Das, Nawazuddin, Rasika Dugal and Tahir Bhasin) line up before the film’s screening.
Finally, a grand show by grandes dames: head of the festival jury Cate Blanchett leads actresses and other women in the industry to protest the long absence of women from the merit lists.