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’.

  • Italy, all of a sudden, has overtaken Provence, Switzerland and grand European chateaus as the destination for celebrity Indian weddings. Preparations were afoot at the Villa del Balbianello on the impossibly picturesque Lake Como for the nuptials of Deepika and Ranveer, a duo who looks no less handsome than the fancy environs of their grand day on November 14 and 15. We hope Como lives up to their dreams.
  • Shillong-based Big-Ri (left) is a sharp card, a founder of hip-hop group Khasi Bloodz. Meba Ofilia’s style—note the robust armbands—is also steeped in hip-hop and R&B. The music they make together, like the edgily rusty Ambassador they choose as a prop, takes you unawares. The duo won the Best India Act for Done Talking at the 2018 Europe Music Awards, held in Barakaldo, Spain.
  • It’s curious that Sachin should be made ambassador for UNICEF’s ‘hand washing initiative’ and packed off to roofy Bhutan. But, ever the sportsman, he’s taken it in a batsman’s stride. The beneficiary is Bhutan’s national cricket team, and this lanky, teenaged batter.
  • Haute, they have always bel­ie­ved, is a seven-hued thing, and the cause of the LGBTQ has alw­ays been dear to the fashion fraternity. A parliament of forty designers conjured up the ‘Rain­bow’ show to celebrate the rec­ent junking of Article 377. Red mascara and blue-glittered coi­­ffure caught the eye; so did a message of love across a bare back.


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