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Here’s the trick to finding yourself on page 3 even if you are not a ‘name’!

entertainment Updated: Jun 24, 2011 01:10 IST
Sathya Saran
Sathya Saran
Hindustan Times

Most photographers who shoot for page three tend to shoot the same known faces. It ensures the photos will be used, and they earn their bread and butter. To grab their attention you have to make them look at you twice, wonder who you are, decide you are important, and shoot. If you look good enough in the picture, the process has started. So how do you stand out in a crowd? Here’s how!

Dress different
To do this, study the photos on the various page 3s with a magnifying glass. You will find most of the women are wearing little black dresses, tight, figure hugging gowns or wraps that are actually best suited on younger faces, slimmer , more svelte bodies. Make an appearance in the midst of this crowd in a flowing, flattering Anarkali or a sari with a seductive choli, and eyes and camera are bound to turn your way. Model Anjali Mendes, who was designer Pierre Cardin’s muse and directrice of a part of his empire of couture told me she always had two options on what to wear at important dos. One was to wear a creation that was exclusively created by the master couturier for her to set off her tall slim frame, the other was a sari. Her wardrobe, throughout her many years in Paris was always well stocked with beautiful silk saris. And when she entered a room trailing a silk pallau behind her, most people would turn, look and gasp!

Wearing a sari works really
Amazingly these days, as so few women are wearing them. But do so with style. None of the fidget and fumble that one sees so much of among younger people wearing one. Practise wearing a sari at home till you learn to forget you are wearing it. Then get some sexy blouses that suit your body shape, pull out those forgotten treasures from the closet and go!

Dress for impact
Everything you wear does not have to be exactly as the designer put it together. That’s the mistake many who buy six figure designer wear created for the European woman make. Learn to mix and match. Pick what you like of designer clothes, Indian or Western in style. I have worn a Ritu Kumar kurta with churidar and ankle boots in Cannes, with a ghagra under it and a dupatta at a formal evening function in Paris. I’ve also worn it over a sari with the pallau flaring out from the side. It worked wonderfully and led me to experiment with other designer clothes. So, experiment with confidence.

First Published: Jun 23, 2011 18:51 IST