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Milind Soman

After scarring the conscience of meat-eaters around the globe and shaming them into turning militantly vegan, the movement, aided by the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), has trained its critical eye, crowned by a frown, on the fashion industry. PETA India’s Sustainable Fashion Day was thus a parade of leather-free products: vegan shoes, bags, jackets, accessories…the labour of fashionable conviction by top designers sounds eminently edible, doesn’t it? There was a lot of ho-hum about compassion, love and non-violence that went into creating the vegan ‘look book’. PETA ambassadors Milind Soman and wife Ankita Konwar had a busy day modelling various ensembles. When time came at last for a breather, they held each other and froze for a moment in a kiss. His pink jacket, wavy silvery strands and threads of silver sown the shirt front fused into her silver gown, bronze earring and that exquisite jawline. The effect is yours to evaluate.

The earliest issues of Outlook, in 1995, took note of that great shot advertising ‘Tuff Shoes’. Milind Soman and then girlfriend Madhu Sapre in a brawny, glistening clinch, limbs crossed and splayed, a draped python keeping private the mentionables, their gloriously toned, unclothed bodies a revelation for those who’d just swallowed Hum Apke Hai Kaun whole. That ad raised the predictable cry of ‘immorality’, then petered away. This brilliant run by the supremely fit Soman on his 55th birthday, clicked in Goa by wife Ankita Konwar, is fit to be inserted in that pristine first scene of Chariots of Fire. Goa Suraksha Manch’s complaint of ‘obscenity’ is, of course, balderdash, and the charge against Soman a shame. But if that august body spreads its calumny wider, would Goa not lose its place in the tourism sun?

Prime Minister Narendra Modi virtually interacts with various fitness enthusiasts during Fit India Dialogue on the first anniversary of Fit India Movement, in New Delhi.

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Bollywood actors Karisma Kapoor and Milind Soman flag off the 'Pinkathon' run at MMRDA, BKC in Mumbai.

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Model and actor Milind Soman during an event in Mumbai.

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Bollywood actor Milind Soman flag off the Pinkathon Delhi 2017 "Fearless Midnight Run" with the support of Delhi Police, at Connaught Place in New Delhi.

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Bollywood actor Milind Soman flag off the Pinkathon Delhi 2017 "Fearless Midnight Run" with the support of Delhi Police, at Connaught Place in New Delhi.

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Bollywood actor Milind Soman with other participants of Pinkathon race in Gurugram.

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Model-turned-fitness guru Milind Soman with internationally acclaimed swimmer Elvis Ali Hazarika (left) addresses a press conference at Guwahati Press Club, in Guwahati, Assam.

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