OUTLOOK Monday 18 June, 2018
#byebyebikini, Says The Minority

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.

Not Hitting This One

Left shoulder leant forward, bat held in readiness...Virat, evidently, is getting into the axis of a pull, or, if the ball rises conveniently over that shoulder, a hook. No problem with this stance—it’s a picture of poise. Except it’s the product of 200 measurements and photos by Madame Tussauds, and Virat in flesh is Virat cast in wax.

Don Diva

The titles of ‘Model of Don’, ‘Rostov Bea­uty’ and ‘Donbass Open’ fell at her feet, bef­ore the coveted Miss Russia. There followed a glamorous car­eer in modelling, as anc­hor of a football show and a marriage to a top footballer. Vict­oria Lopyreva is official representative of the 2018 World Cup. Doesn’t that ball look inviting next to her?

‘Tone Deaf’

The door to the Merce­des convertible lies open, as the high-born dame, well swaddled in white, lays one gloved hand on the steering wheel. Vogue Arabia tho­ught this photo of Prin­cess Hayfa bint Abd­ullah Al Saud, anticipating the end of the driving ban for Saudi women, would go down well. But with most rights activists who fought the ban rotting  beh­ind bars, all it did was release pent-up indignation.

No ‘Malice’, Just ‘Fun’

He badmouthed Barack Obama in shocking language, ran an election campaign promising to mur­der drug peddlers (and made good on it) and hab­­i­­tually disses women. Maybe, Philippine Pre­si­dent Rodrigo Duterte, 73, felt kissing an aud­­ience member at an event for Filipinos in Seoul would airbrush his image. Fat chance. Shrill cries followed.

Be Happy In Your Work!

The bell has rung for Priyanka—so, after all, while spu­rning earnest suitors for years, saying she just had too much work, she was keeping a sharp eye out for the right guy. When singer Nick Jonas hove into view last year, things accelerated at an unusual pace. These days, they spend time falling over each other on social media, not minding the 10-year age gap. That’s a lot of work!

This Too Happened

US-based rapper Riff Raff, who has worked with the likes of Katy Perry in the past, has been accused of rape and sexual harassment in two separate incidents. Raff, whose real name is Horst Simco, responded on Instagram saying the accusations were ‘lies’.

  • When we were little in the ’80s and Anup Jalota was a star, we still saw him as a podgy fel­low with a mellow voice. Now that he has Jasleen Math­aru as companion in Bigg Boss 12, how many are stumped? Jasleen is a singer, Jalota’s ‘disciple’ and...but then surely we’re not as crass as to jealously repeat the crude trolls? Believers in peace, we’d say: very well done, Anup.
  • Acid attack survivors remind us of the primitive core within our cellphone-toting society. So, when five such women, half their faces veiled for a confident gait, walked at Agnimitra Paul’s show in Calcutta as show-stoppers, everyone clapped in heartfelt sympathy. The clothes, sadly, would hardly stop anyone in their tracks.
  • Rehabilitation after the dreadful floods is ano­ther matter, but there was no dearth of notable people making full-throated appeals for funds for Kerala. On tour in the US, A.R. Rahman act­ually dipped into his pockets, and came up with Rs 1 crore. And they cheered for him in Washington when he showed it.   
  • A bounteous twirl of silk made many a fashionista’s day at the Lakme Fashion Week. That would be Sushmita’s flamboyant ‘pantsari’. Yes, nothing sari about it, except a pleated  pallu hanging apologetically. Elsewhere, Hema Malini and daughter Esha par­aded  gorgeous Assamese silk saris. Later, at a backstage media interaction, mother and daughter were only interested in the latter’s film Cakewalk. Chided  for misusing the platform, they stormed off in anger. What happened to the saris, though?


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