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I dance to stay fit: Nargis Fakhri

For someone who’s been a professional model since the age of 16 and featured on the coveted Kingfisher Calender, Nargis Fakhri knows the importance of being fit and fabulous. Aditi Pant reveals her fitness secrets.

health and fitness Updated: Feb 29, 2012 02:15 IST
Aditi Pant
Aditi Pant
Hindustan Times
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For someone who’s been a professional model since the age of 16 and featured on the coveted Kingfisher Calender, Nargis Fakhri knows the importance of being fit and fabulous. The 31-year-old model debuted as an actor last year with Rockstar, co-starring Ranbir Kapoor. In a freewheeling interview, Fakhri shares her fitness regime, her passion for dance and what it means to be a rockstar.

What’s your fitness mantra?
I dance a lot to keep myself fit and healthy. My favourites are Zumba, yoga and swimming. I feel it is more convenient and fun than gym. Also, I take a good care of my diet by including a lot of coconut water, vegetables and fruits.

What does your daily fitness regime include?
I do not follow any strict fitness routine. I love to dance so whenever I get free time I play my favourite songs. I believe in yoga and it helps me maintain my body without getting into any charted regime.

You have an enviable pout. How do you take care of your lips?
Try rubbing some sugar with cream on your lips to exfoliate and keep them fresh. It is also very important to use a good lip balm to keep the lips well nourished.

Do you follow a diet? If yes, share with us.
I don’t really diet. I believe one should eat everything in required quantity. You must know what suits your body the best. Don’t starve yourself. I really enjoy Chinese soups and avoid fast food.

How do you maintain your hair?
My hair has always been my greatest asset and I make sure I give them a 20 minute deep conditioning massage with hot oil. Modelling often requires a lot of styling and experimentation. So, I needed an instant solution to condition my hair. The 20 minute massage provides the care my hair need.

Your secret to a glowing skin?
I prefer to go natural with all my beauty products and treatments as they are gentle and effective on my skin. I make sure I don’t forget the basics of my skin care routine which is cleansing and moisturising. Sun block has become a must now.

Also, I drink a lot of coconut water to keep my system free from toxicant. When I’m not shooting, I don’t use any makeup and just let my skin breathe. Using aloe vera is also a good idea for a smooth and wrinkle-free skin.

Who is your rockstar? And, what does being a rockstar mean to you?
You are a rockstar if you follow your dreams, believe in yourself and do what makes you happy. Anyone who does that is a rockstar for me.

Lastly, do you have any movies lined up for this year? Did you have to work on your body differently to essay the

Rockstar was a fantastic learning experience for me, and a lot of work went into getting into the skin of the character. After Rockstar, my team and I have been carefully going through the offers that have been coming in. It is very important to choose the right script. As soon as I find one, I will let you know.

Styling tips by Nargis

1.Style is effortless, it is a part of you and reflects your mood and your personality. Understand your body type and wear clothes that complement you. It is important to be comfortable.

2.Have fun with fashion, mix and match your colours.

3.Play up with accessories but don’t go over-board. You don’t want to look like a Christmas tree.

4.Don’t blindly ape trends. Always see if they suit your body or not.

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First Published: Feb 28, 2012 16:55 IST