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India’s thumbs up to curves

fashion and trends Updated: Feb 16, 2009 12:21 IST
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Just when the world was getting over size zero, actress Mischa Barton stunned everyone with her skeletal appearance at recent events, a far cry from her well-fed look just a couple of months ago. However, India — which got size zero in the shape of Kareena Kapoor last year — has this time closed its doors on matchstick limbs and jutting ribcages, at least on the runway.

Mischa’s shockingly thin look would have no takers at the recent Delhi Fashion Week model auditions. You couldn’t call the girls voluptuous, but they certainly had curves. And designers want that look.

Designer Alpana of Azara, one of the jury members, said, “I wouldn’t want models to look sloppy in my clothes.” Malini Ramani, another judge, said, “My clothes are for girls who have a real bust line.” Designer Atsu Sekhose felt, “Size never matters — it’s the attitude that makes the difference.” Rahul Reddy, too, believes, “Whether it’s a size zero, a size four or six, it hardly makes a difference unless you carry the garments with style.” Model Neha Kapur, very slim herself, “wouldn’t advocate the size zero look”.

The girls wore their curves proudly. Priya Mehta, comfortable in her size six figure, said, “As models, we wear all sorts of clothes, and trust me, I find stick-thin girls wearing a sari a disgusting sight.” But the Western attire? “I look equally sexy in hot pants,” said a confident Priya.

Adman Prahlad Kakkar describes the perfect body: “A woman looks best with an athletic physique. The breast-to-butt ratio and the leg-to-torso ratio should be right.” Kakkar added succinctly that India was a nation of “breast-stricken men” and that’s what he wanted to see on women.