NEW DELHI: Bollywood actor Huma Qureshi, who walked the ramp as showstopper for designer duo Rimple and Harpreet Narula on the last day of Shree Raj Mahal Jewellers India Couture Week 2014, says that Indian women are blessed with "naturally beautiful curves" and they should not feel embarrassed about it.
Asked about how much pressure she faces every day as an actor to look slim and prefect, the voluptuous beauty said: “It’s not just female actors but even the normal girl constantly tries to fit into the particular idea of beauty. They face the whole pressure of marriage, where everyone tries to look prettier and forget who they actually are.”
“I agree that one should be fit and take care of one’s body as there is no excuse to be unfit. But I feel that Indian women are naturally blessed with beautiful curves. Just because somebody has set a certain standard of perfection, girls should not kill themselves to achieve that. Be proud of your curves,” she added.
Huma also said that women should not try to modify their body just because someone else doesn’t like the way they are.
“Don’t be embarrassed about your body. Yes, as an actor, if I have to play a model or wear something where I need to be super-toned, I would obviously love to work towards that, but that is the part of my job. But in my personal life this is how I choose to look. So don’t be apologetic about how you look,” she said.
The actor also recalled her childhood memories when she used to get teased by her schoolmates because of her body weight. “I was quite a chubby kid so I used to get teased by schoolmates because of my body weight,” said Huma.
The Gangs of Wasseypur fame actor looked like a true diva when she walked the ramp for Rimple and Harpreet in dull gold lehanga with antique zari detailing and a tulle trail. She completed the look with minimal jewellery and hair wide open. The designer duo presented a collection titled “The eternal wanderlust”, inspired by nomads and wanderers who used to abound in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (in Pakistan), the Thar and Sahara deserts, ancient Persia and Syria.
The silhouettes comprised of capes and robes, sheer billowy jackets and regal cloaks. Sharing her experience of walking on ramp for the designer-duo, Huma said: “I have done a shoot with them and I really like their bridal work. It’s interesting to walk for them.”
Published in The Express Tribune, July 22nd, 2014.
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