Known as the fashion icon of Bollywood, Sonam Kapoor said many actresses in the industry blame her for starting the trend of always being stylish.
The Prem Ratan Dhan Payo star said a “big actress” once told her how she had to shell out a lot of money to pay for her stylist to look good, reported Bollywood.com.
“A lot of actresses are abusing me for it. I remember a very big actress telling me ‘Sonam, why did you do this. You know how much money I am paying my stylist right now’. I was like I don’t pay my stylist, either my sister helps out or I just style myself. All you have to do is be yourself,” she told the media at Filmfare Glamour and Style Awards cover launch.
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Sonam said film stars have to be careful while setting a trend as they are influential. “As movie stars, we have such a huge say in how the market is going to be like. Whether it’s the movies or cricket, we all just started dressing up in a certain way and started wearing make-up. We unfortunately or fortunately set trends so we have to be very careful in what we do and what we say,” she said.
However, she feels she prefers being called stylish rather than a fashionista. “Being fashionable and being stylish are two different things. Style is being able to carry whatever you are ... I hate it when people call me a fashionista. I’d rather have people call me stylish.”
Recently, actor Athiya Shetty was compared to Sonam for her style statement. When asked for her views about it, she said, “I love Athiya. I think she is incredibly beautiful. She is very sweet and I think she is like a gazelle ... very beautiful.”
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Sonam’s upcoming film Neerja tells the real life story of flight attendant Neerja Bhanot who lost her life saving passengers during a hostage situation. Directed by Ram Madhvani, the movie also stars veteran actor Shabana Azmi and musician Shekhar Ravjiani in titular roles. It is set to hit the screens on February 19.
Published in The Express Tribune, January 18th, 2016.
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