I am a huge movie nut, all movies, from all over. That includes Bollywood movies as well. Not those low-budget corny ones, but the good ones, the epic ones. Like Veer Zaara, Fanaa, or Devdas (try Bride and Prejudice, a great started one if you are interested in checking something out, it is more towards the “corny” side, but it will ease you in, hey I got my husband to watch and he didn’t run screaming out of the room).
And yes, I know that Bollywood is not India. I get it. It’s just like when I tell my French friends that all the women in New York are not really like Carrie from Sex in the City.
But come on…there are a ton of Bollywood babes that could grace the cover of the Vogue India, why couldn’t they choose one of them? I don’t mind if they want VB on the cover, but do they have to dress her up as an Indian bride?
Now this is (image right), Ms. Aishwarya Rai, the real deal. Yes, she did win Miss India and Miss World, but hey, at least she is Indian. And yes, I know she was on the October issue. But my point is that I think it is a real shame when the beauty and glamour industry in a particular country does not promote their own beauty.
I recently heard a black woman passionately speak about the July issue of Italian Vogue (now called the “Black Issue”). How it is difficult for non-white, non-Western European women to find beauty role models. And what a revolution this issue was. She went on to ask, “Why is this a revolution? Why must this issue be a ‘special edition’?”
These are good questions. That is why I love those Dove ads so much. The ones with real women. I will admit, a couple of years ago, when they first came out, they surprised me. Surprised myself. It was eery looking at real people in ads and I really questioned myself about it. I got used them. I like them. And now I want to see more.
But mainly I want to say, please, no more concepts such as VB as Indian bride!