OUTLOOK Monday 24 September, 2018
Survivors, Not Victims

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.

Suits The Crown

The recent feminist fulminations against swimsuit rounds in beauty competitions would only make sense if we rewrite the very concept of judging feminine beauty (have we, in our hearts, and in our forever appraising eyes?). But cheer for Miss New York Nia Imani Franklin, the new Miss America, who could “eat a little more”, now that she didn’t have to ace a swimsuit.

Garage Art

Golden vermin crawling up Rihanna’s fingers, aiming to dev­our those shocking blue lips? No, this is the latest ‘nail art’, created byJenny Longworth, who doesn’t do her name credit by this ghastly eff­ort. More schlock-beauty feat­ured in Rihanna’s pho­­to­shoot, but we’ll spare you those.

Photo Finish At Home

Even TV cameras had a hard time catching up with Hima Das’s terrifying acceleration, as well as her swift ascent up Indian athletics’ pecking order. When the multi-medal winner from the Asian Games reached the finishing line in Guwahati, the waiting crowds would not let her sprint away. Those gamosas around her neck are medals, too!

Triumphs To Come

This is how acting dices roll. Till recently, Aarshi Banerjee did modelling, and bit parts in plays. Then, an audition for Mia Hansen-Love’s feature Maya, a pick from over 200 auditions, an arthouse role of a Goan girl romancing a Frenchman. Aarshi is now tramping the red carpet at the Toronto Film Fest.

Magic In Her Clutch

A long, troubled gestation period has birthed many a classic movie. Will Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi join the ranks? The director got busy; a top actor then left in a buzz; now, the producer apparently has got himself sacked. Why, feisty Kangana, queen of the title, has just to flash her bejewelled sword!

This Too Happened

Moto2 rider Romano Fenati’s contract was terminated by his team, the Marinelli Snipers, after the 22-year-old pulled on the brakes of fellow rider Stefano Manzi as they were nearing 140 mph on the San Marino track. Fenati, who has since apologised, has had a history of such transgressions.

  • 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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