37-year-old Carol Gracias strutted down the ramp at the fashion week while pregnant. (PTI)
On Thursday, model Carol Gracias walked the runway at the on-going Lakme Fashion Week Summer Resort 2016 fashion show in Mumbai while cradling her baby bump proudly on the ramp, dressed in a traditional drape. Internationally, moms-to-be have walked the runway for famous designers, but it’s the first time in the country that a 37-year-old model has strutted down the ramp at a fashion week while pregnant. Having walked the runway for over a decade now, Carol also had social media abuzz as she was hailed for celebrating her pregnancy on a platform where body-image is everything.
Carol, who walked the ramp for Hyderabad-based designer Gaurang Shah, says that she believed that if saris are meant to be worn by all kinds of women, then an expecting mother has all the right to wear one too, even if it’s on the runway. “I have been doing his (Gaurang’s) shows for many years now, so this time as usual he called and asked if he could book me. I told him I was pregnant and he still asked if I would walk for the show. So, I gave it a thought, and realised that the clothes to be showcased are meant for all kinds of women. I thought if the designer would like me in his show, then why not? I really enjoyed the experience,” she says.
Speaking about his decision to cast Carol, Shah says, “My assistant asked me what do we do? Do we still ask her to walk? And I thought well, what’s the big deal? It’s a natural thing. Though, we didn’t realise how advanced in the pregnancy she was until we saw the baby bump just before the show.” Adds Shah, “Even while draping the sari, I thought she’d want to cover up but she was very confident and tied the sari low-waist. I asked her: would you be able to walk with high heels and she just said: ‘I’ll do it!’ ... And it connected with the audiences. Even though it wasn’t planned that way, she became my showstopper!”