Along with the swanky cars and bikes, the Auto Expo is famous for its bevy of beauties. This year too, most pavillions have pretty girls on duty, from automobile experts to aspiring models and college students looking for quick pocket-money.
Ranbir Kapoor and Nissan officials pose with the company's Evalia car at the 11th Auto Expo 2012 at Pragati Maidan in New Delhi. PTI Photo by Kamal Singh
International brands such as Mercedes Benz and
Volkswagen have flown in models from Australia and Germany. “I’ve undergone intensive training and know everything about the vehicle I am posing next to,” says Natasha, 20, an Australian model at the Mercedes Benz stall.
Foreign models and those with international brands get Rs. 20,000 to Rs. 35,000 per day for a 10-12 hour shift. Those with Indian brands such as Hero Motocorp and Maruti get Rs. 2,000 to Rs. 4,000. “Professional models demand a lot more,” says Cheshta Bhagat, 23, a TV actor who is getting Rs. 20,000 for three hours at the Yamaha stall.
Like every year, their style is under close scrutiny. So, we got a panel of leading designers to tell us which outfits scored, and most got slammed! The models were mostly not consulted before the dresses were chosen, but some were. “As we were not comfortable with sleeveless tops and short dresses, our dress was chosen accordingly,” says Harleen Kaur, 20, who is at the Hero Honda pavillion.
Jury’s style rating 8/10
Designers Rohit Gandhi and Rahul Khanna say, “The dress is fairly elegant. The red colour looks good and it has a sporty feel to it.” Designer Puja Nayyar says, “The dress is well chosen and it is accessorised well with right shoes. The red jacket with zipper adds zing.”
Jury’s style rating 6/10
Designer Sanchita Ajjampur says, “The Grecian-style gown is suited for the red carpet. However, the floor is grey and the car is banana yellow, so the combination looks ill-matched.” Designer Puja Nayyar says, “The colour is interesting but the drape is a disaster. Also, there is no place for a goddess gown at the Expo.”
Jury’s style rating 0/10
Rohit Gandhi says, “The dress looks like it is a wedding cake gone wrong. Wonder what was in the mind of the person who dared to design this garment!” Ajjampur says, “Too frou-frou and frilly for any one to like.” Nayyar says, “It’s like a kid’s birthday party dressing. Auto expo is no place to exhibit a Cindrella-frock-gone-wrong look.”
Jury’s style rating 3/10
Designer Rahul Khanna says, “The red and black outfit looks like a flight attendant’s dress gone wrong.” Ajjampur says, “Is dinner being served? A total failure for a first impression. Nayyar says, “The red apron-like thing over the dress looks like a waitress’. The finish is bad and you don’t know where the dress ends and the stockings begin.”
Jury’s style rating 2/10
Rohit Gandhi says, “The white polyester dress with a badly hemmed bottom teamed with a green duster is a disaster.” Ajjampur says, “The cowl detail is unstylish.” Nayyar says, “The ill-fitted dress with a
bad colour combination does no
justice. They could’ve gone for the classic black and white colour theme.”
Jury’s style rating 5/10
Puja Nayyar says, “The skin show will attract eyeballs but aesthetically, the dress is a misfit for an auto expo.” Rahul Khanna says, “The ugly gathers make it look like the model is dressed for a dance bar.”