Indian women have long been celebrated for their innate sense of style, elegance and strength. Whether she is a homemaker, managing her family, or a professional shattering a few glass ceilings, a royal or an actor, a doctor or a dancer, she walks in beauty and carries herself with dignity. On the occasion of Women’s Day, we look at some women we have always admired for their ability to combine style with substance, and some young women, who are trendsetters for a whole new generation.
Rajmata Gayatri Devi
No book of style, no journal on Indian beauty and royalty can ever be complete with a mention of Rajmata Gayatri Devi. An epitome of elegance, she was a stunning woman who looked surreal in her pearls and chiffons. A muse to artistes and poets, she impressed every one from global leaders to common people, with her intellect and beauty.
On screen she was a Goddess. Off screen she was stunning as well. Madhubala was not only a talented actor, the camera simply loved her. Whether in black and white still photographs or in scenes where she lit up the screen, you simply could not take your eyes off her. In sarees or in salwars, in funky western attires or simply in a dress, Madhubala defined charisma with her luminous eyes and perfect smile.
There is something so endearing about Deepika that she rocks everything from a traditional Kanjeevaram to a quirky Sabyasachi gown. Whether she is gracing the red carpet of a glam awards night or dancing the night away at her own wedding, checking into the airport or posing for a cover shoot, Deepika looks ravishing in every look, every moment. Style, beauty and oodles of talent – what’s not to like about her?
A role model for millions Indian girls, Olympian and one of the world’s top badminton player, Saina Nehwal is our favourite star. On the court, she is tough as nails, a fierce fighter who does not give up or give in. Hugely respected by her peers, Saina’s game is always spot on. Off court, she is elegance personified. A regular at fashion shows that combine glamour with a cause, Saina rocks the traditional look like a pro. We love this versatile sports star for all this and more!
Konkona Sen Sharma
She is a pleasure to watch on screen, being that powerhouse of talent that she is. But Konkona Sen Sharma has proved that she is perfectly happy juggling multiple roles and wearing as many hats as she can. Recently she made her debut as a filmmaker, winning accolades for A Death in the Gunj. This single mother sails through life with one effortless drape of her exquisite saree or kurta and ethnic but unique indian jewellery.
There is more to Kiran Rao than the tag of Mrs Aamir Khan. This filmmaker, producer and screen writer has always preferred to create her own style statement than to follow any trends. Asymmetrical or oversized dresses, quirky accessories with sharp hair cuts, make her look effortlessly stylish. Rao also looks fetching in sarees, worn in her inimitable style. Every bit the modern Indian professional and working mom.
Faye D Souza
Definitely one of the most influential and credible television anchors today, Faye D Souza combines power with elegance like only she can. In the Mirror TV studio, when she is asking the toughest questions or taking on hardened politicians, she is all fire and brimstone, without being offensive. Her sharp bob and clean makeup add to the professional charisma.