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June 30, 2017 , By Astha Modi

Breaking #BeautyBarriers

Breaking #BeautyBarriers

Too short, too dark, too fat…too thin. Please de-bunk all this junk. Stereotyping of beauty has been normalised to such an extent that now we have become oblivious to trite comments. Being a part of the fashion industry, we see so many talented women being generalised and rejected on the drop of the hat. And from the societal point of view, at a juxtaposition of marriage, I hear of stories, and face them too, of how insignificant physical features become a deal breaker. When I look at a friend, crying after being rejected by a male chauvinist egostard, I can only think of how lucky any man would be to have her as his wife because she’s right in what actually matters in life. These points are redundant in the fashion and beauty industry - yes - but what is beauty? 

 

Beauty is a smile that you can’t forget, beauty is the silver hair reeking of wisdom. Beauty is beyond big eyes or your body size. Beauty is anything that is simple, truthful and nice. Because beauty lies in the eyes of the beholder.

 

“Nazar nazar ki baat hai… warna nazaarei mei baat kuch bhi nahi”

 

BlabberCat, in association with Ommyra, presents 10 gorgeous ladies across Kolkata wearing various labels from the Camac Street multi-designer store. These women don't find themselves inadequate just because they don’t meet a certain stereotype. 

 

Beauty Spot

You’ve heard her voice on the Radio so many times and now you get to see the beautiful face that owns the voice. Well here you go, meet Nilanjana Banerjee wearing a white, frill summer maxi with a desi twist of elephant emblem (above); and a pistachio peplum top and dhoti with a solo embroidery (below(. She loves her beauty spot and doesn’t understand why people forcefully get it removed. The retro phase of Hollywood and Bollywood has witnessed beauty icons artificially creating beauty spots and it’s still considered lucky to have this added feature. 

 

Short Hair

The first question every Indian mother will ask… how will you look in short hair with Indian clothes. And Harshika Tantia gave the final answer to this question - nothing less than stunning! Harshika is a well-known photographer in Kolkata and has done way to many shoots for us as well. But today we asked her to be in front of the camera. Contrary to her formal office wear style, we dressed her in colours of the Indian summer. We styled a cream lehenga skirt with bright handloom kurta and dupata first then with a trendy crop top and cape. Both reccomended for mehendi and day functions. 

White Hair

Hair dye is so overrated. All your life you’ve had black hair and now don’t you want a little change. Manjira Majumdar, a Media Professor doesn’t need to look like one. She still looks glamorous and forgive me for using this word but oh-so-sexy. Innocent skin and shining eyes we loved watching her fuse fashion and wisdom. And her gentle personality seems best subtle and English colours. We styled ma'am in flare on top of flare with a handloom touch perfect for work-to-fun look. 

Artfully shortie

 

Swati Pasari is an artist and sculptor, beautiful and usually the shorter one in the crowd. But you’ll hardly notice that because she also has the most contagious and dazzling smile you’ll ever see. We styled her in two contrasting looks, handloom and an evening gown. The blue comfortable handloom for her soul and the razzle-dazzle for the socialite life. We found Swati carry of earthy and vibrant colours, both with ease.

 

Skinny

 

Skinny shaming is as bad as fat shaming. “You don’t eat anything or what?” Yes she does. “Are you anorexic?” No she’s not, please check the definition before saying that, do we go around asking people if they have depression, night blindness, diabetes etc? At 25 Mehek Singh Siddiq weighs lesser than most people her age but that’s how her metabolism works. She leads a normal healthy life and faces no issue. She’s beautiful and how! We first styled her in a dhoti jacket look that goes with party and ritual events. Keeping the same top we also got in the original gemotric pattern neon green, purple and beige cocktail evening skirt.

 

Healthy

Healthy is the most polite word used to describe a girl who’s on the fatter side. But Sonam Osatwal flicks her long admirable hair and laughs wondering what’s wrong with being healthy? Hypnotising eyes and a soulful smile makes Sonam’s positive vibes radiate from a distance. A fashion designer in the making, watch out for this baby doll. We styled her in blue to compliment her eyes and then we made her wear something more traditional with a dash of bright pink. We found these to electric colours to do best justice on her. Contrary to the what everyone believes, wear black to look thin. No thank you.

 

Chashmish

Nerd is the new sexy. A lot of people are wearing glasses even if they don’t have power in their eyes. Srijita Ray Burman, a PR executive, shows how it’s done in this denim fusion Indian, kurta and dupatta. She doesn't understand why does one need to take the pain of wearing contacts for long hours, especially during family functions. Glowing in her sensual self, Srijita really stands out in a crowd.

 

Tallie

“Woa, how tall are you? Like 6 feet?” This a a very common question/remark Drishleen Sethi faces. A stylist and now a foodpreneur stands the tallest in every situation and doesn’t need to hunch down. She has faced men getting awkward about being shorter than her but that doesn’t bother her at all. Often people question her decision of being a stylist instead of a model, but the thing is she doesn't want to become a model, and no she's not a basketball player. She wants to step up the fashion and food game in the city as an entrepreneur. We styled the stylist in a printed long jacket that adds volume to any plain outfit and the pockets just add functionality in a formal way.

 

Middle - of the most charming - age

 

Meet Ommyra owner and fashionpreneur Seema Agarwal. She has been in the fashion industry since 30 years and still gives anyone a run for their money. Usually traditional but sometimes fun and trendy, Seema Agarwal never lets her busy schedule make do with a thoughtful outfit. We styled her in summer cotton blue on blue cords with a funky scarf.

 

Average 

 

And thats me, Astha Modi the average Indian face you’ve been showing so much love to in all my blog posts. Not too tall, not too skinny, not too fair, not too dark, just average and happy. Im wearing an olive green flattering ankle-length kurta with rust gold embroidery subtly scattered around the shoulder and chest. My personal style is very simple and comfortable but also that stands out for all the right reasons. 

 

Photography by Daniell Valimont

Makeup and Hair by Sujoy and Nabo

Wardrobe by Ommyra Labels (27B, Camac Street)

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The Art of Dim sum

Globally renowned dim sum restaurant Yauatcha, has launched an exclusive menu in Mumbai, Bangalore and Kolkata to showcase the flavours, delicate artistry and culinary mastery of their signature offering - dim sum. With the launch of the Art of Dimsum Platter. 

Big announcement by Bodh
Big announcement by Bodh

Bodh has created it's own niche by making comfortable stylish ethnic wear at it's flagship store right on Park Street. This festive season, it ventures further and brings forward more than a dozen hand-selected designers that compliment Bodh's brand ideology.

The Indian luxury brand from Kolkata that's giving global brands good competition.
The Indian luxury brand from Kolkata that's giving global brands good competition.

Kolkata's first perfume boutique launches with 9 luxury fragrances and spread their smell of success all over the world.

Kurry Patta - Restaurant Review
Kurry Patta - Restaurant Review

Kurry Patta makes an entry to the city's most preferred South Indian cuisine in a very short span. And BlabberCat went to check out what's the hype about. Read on to know our verdict.

INTERVIEW: Sophie Choudry
INTERVIEW: Sophie Choudry

Do you remember the gripping videos that narrated an entire love story in a three minute song? I clearly remember the thrill these albums would stir in my heart while I was growing up and suddenly they became a distant memory. One gorgeous star, who was at one point, influencing most of the teenage girls watching music channels, was the country’s most popular VJ Sophie Choudhry.

How not to be a Bridezilla
How not to be a Bridezilla

DON’T BE THE BRIDEZILLA! – written Shatakshi Khaitan Whether you have dreamed of the fairytale wedding since you were twelve or said “yes” without realising what it meant to plan a wedding – here are seven tried and tested formulas that will help you remain sane.

Mickey, MAC and makeup!
Mickey, MAC and makeup!

Calcutta turned ruwoo with love as celebrated Makeup artist, Mickey Contractor, came to town for an interactive session on summer trends 2016, and if that wasn’t enough Karen Thompson, brand manager at MAC Cosmetics, also flew down for a bloggers meet at MAC outlet at Quest Mall.

Mehenga hai tho acha hi hoga?
Mehenga hai tho acha hi hoga?

While one half of the society cannot wait to get their hands on the most cost-effective, jugaadu deals, others remain apprehensive to bite the juicy looking apple, weary of the potential poison of deceit inside. “The prices are too good to be true; there has too be a catch,” they say. “They must have compromises on the quality of the product or worse still, we’re being fed fakes.” So let me pose a question to you all – Is it imperative for a good-quality product to always be exorbitantly priced? Are these big brands actually giving you a quality that is worth your hard-earned money? Are you one of those rare, fortunate ones who have never wailed about an expensive buy of shoddy quality? Well, we at BlabberCat bring to you a list of eight things which bust the myth of “mehenga hai toh achha hoga” and suggest thrifty alternatives to your irrelevant splurge – written Anushree Kanoi

New Pout Trend | 2017
New Pout Trend | 2017

Beauty brands like Too Faced, MUA, Jeffree Star and of course, Kylie Cosmetics, are creating metallic liquid lipsticks that give a super-sheen, but, dry down matte, making them a *tad* easier to pull off than the super-slick, glossy versions.

What is your ‘Inner Childs’ story?
What is your ‘Inner Childs’ story?

On International Women’s Day (March 8) nobody wants to read about fighting for equal rights and empowerment anymore.

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