The next time you see the oh-so-perfect looking actor on the cover of a fashion glossy and think ‘I’d never fit into that’. Think again. US based More Magazine’s editor Lesley Jane Seymour recently told how at a certain shoot with Hollywood actors they’ve had to take the labels out of the clothes being used because of ‘vanity sizing’. “If a celebrity says she’s a size eight and we know she’s not, we cut the sizes out because we know she won’t put it on if it says it’s a ten,” she said on the show.
Closer home too, Indian stylists and fashion editors agree that stars have been known to fib a bit about their real sizes. “The whole size zero craze that started with Kareena is when a lot of actresses started to feel nervous about not being the ‘right’ size. There have been shoots where we’ve had issues with sizes but now we source multiple sizes so that there are enough options,” says Mumbai based stylist Pria Agni, who regularly shoots for many magazines.
“Most celebrities we shoot with are in perfect shape. But it takes a fittings’ session to work out what looks best, and I’d be lying if I said we’ve never been in a situation where the celebrity has been fussy about the fit or the silhouette,” says fashion editor Pearl Shah. “There are some actresses who are never the size they say. In fact, some international labels don’t send clothes when we’re shooting them because they know they will never fit into the clothes,” says a stylist from a fashion glossy, wishing to stay anonymous.
However, the younger crop stars in Bollywood aren’t living in dress size denial, completely. “Girls like Sonam and Kangana, are quite upfront about what won’t fit them or what size they are. It’s quite refreshing to see them not fret so much about being a certain size. Besides size zero means an almost flat chest and behind, and that’s so not the Indian aesthetic at all,” says stylist Radhika Jah who has worked with both the stars. So, size really does matter, after all.