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Dare to bare?

Recently, I went to attend a ‘brunch’ celebration in connection with a swimsuit calendar launch. Vinod Nair expresses his disappoinment at a swimsuit calender launch party...

india Updated: Jan 24, 2009 20:30 IST
Vinod Nair
Vinod Nair
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Recently, I went to attend a ‘brunch’ celebration in connection with a swimsuit calendar launch. No, there weren’t any swimsuit-clad bombshells floating in the sea (for that matter the venue didn’t even have a swimming pool). Besides, it was a breezy winter noon in Delhi (so no sea in sight anyway).

As I was walking around, I noticed that it wasn’t just the pool that was missing, I couldn’t even spot any bombshells. When I was heading for a drink, four girls walked past me and someone told me that they were the models. Well… I walked forward, without looking back, it wasn’t worth the look.

For a winter morning, I found the dress code also really amusing — ‘Anything in white.’ Plenty of well-known fashion people were involved in the event, still the dress code was white. And yes, many of the city’s social butterflies turned up in full swing as the event was supposed to be a place to be seen… in whites of course. Others came wearing what they wanted.

After seeing the unveiling of the theatrics there I have realised one thing, that there hardly are any models in India who dare to bare for a calendar that is going to hang on the walls for the next 365 days. And those who are willing to do it, don’t have the body either to flaunt.

Let’s admit the fact that very few Indian models are willing to pose for swimsuit calendars and because of this reason the makers of these calendars end up choosing what is available to get their job done for that year. If I take this calendar for example, a couple of years back all 12 months had some of the best known faces one can possibly think of from the modelling world.

I fear this year it’s going to be drastically different… they are simply awful. I have seen such calendars made by some other photographers as well. There again what one gets to see are models (models?) who hardly look like models.

Where are the ‘right’ models?

The problem thus is that those who are willing to model for calendars often are either wannabes or ‘those’ who don’t care anyway (have seen it happening on lingerie/swimwear shows where the ones on the runway look more like ‘you-know-who’ than glamourous models).

Some of the well-known models have gone out of shape now. And some of the existing well-known faces that are in shape do not want to be in such calendars for obvious reasons. I have seen that they don’t, however, mind posing in front of their favourite photographer for a private shoot.

So the next best alternative for such high-profile ventures would be to actually hunt for supermodels tailor-made for such shoots from foreign shores. Well, here too there were some faces from abroad. Unfortunately they didn’t look nice from any angle (even from the back!).

Perhaps it will be a good idea for those who venture into such calendars to actually make an effort to get ‘real’ models from abroad and then make the calendar. Then I may think of hanging it on my wall!

First Published: Jan 24, 2009 17:45 IST