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    Default I havenít faced biases or prejudices: Aishwarya Rai Bachchan

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    Dressed in a black and red lehenga, with her hair in its patent wavy curls, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan - who has successfully completed her transition into a 'yummy mummy' - talks about her fashion evolution from the Miss World pageant to her most recent Cannes outing, and how it led to the rise of professional and non-professional 'opinion-makers'.

    I wanted to be more than just another face who's getting photographed
    The actress, who was in town to launch the Longines Conquest Classic, as its Ambassadress of Elegance, has been associated with the brand for over a decade. She said, "It has been for 13-14 years now and when I first came together with them I wouldn't have dreamt that it would have endured as long as it has. It simply continues because at that point of time, brand associations were regarded as another endorsement and you're doing photo shoots, you're doing ad film work, it's the way the industry regarded it. Whereas when I associated with brands, my idea was always to come on board on their journey ahead. Then, Longines was just coming in to increase the awareness. Today, the brand has only grown from strength to strength. You know, when I come on board, it's not just about another face who's getting photographed, with images across magazines and ad films. It's about brand association. It's about becoming a brand ambassador. That has that much more validation for me and I am glad that it is mutually recognized and expected and cherished."

    Fashion was the last thing on my mind as a student
    She has also been the ambassadress of sorts for the Indian entertainment industry at international film fests, movie premieres and racing events. Though eventually, most of those appearances have boiled down to her fashion choices. She says about her style evolution, "I think experience is a huge factor. At the end of the day, I always say - the night before, I was a student. And then overnight, you become Miss World and you're out there on that public platform. So, when you start out, what is your experience? You were going to college in your jeans and your T-shirt - that too, I went from science to joining an architecture school - the last thing on your mind at that point is fashion, and overnight, you're there. I met a few (professional designer) friends in the beginning, who you just got to know and provided you with the best. I really enjoyed my mother's saris. I personally have always enjoyed our traditional weaves and I felt if I was out there, on the world platform, as an Indian woman, I'd have the opportunity to share that with the world. Again, from a very earnest place of sharing what I know, what I had been exposed to, and I had experienced."

    Stylist industry boomed because of Cannes
    But Cannes was a whole new chapter for Ash, who says, "Through the years, this entire aspect of dressing and of fashion, has catapulted to a fervour - I daresay - since my first experience at Cannes, because suddenly there was literally a slot dedicated in the print and televised media from then on to this aspect of being on the public platform. Before that, it was just your personal sense of being out there, of course you'd get photographed, but it wasn't so intense. I think, after that, with me going to Cannes and that kind of media attention, brought about a whole lot of opinion-makers and opinionated people - professionals and non-professionals - getting that platform to express themselves and then with the kind of intense scrutiny, with the internet, with the world becoming so much smaller, I think, this entire aspect of being a public figure has just drawn that much more attention that it's thrown the entire fashion business into top gear. It's thrown in a lot of professionals, this entire aspect of stylists in our part of the world boomed."

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    Thumbs up Nice article

    I am a fan of Aishwarya Rai and I really liked the article



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