They are hot and they are chic and they rock the look in whatever outfits they choose to wear. Meet the dazzling 10 divas who I think have the most impressive style quotient in the Indian fashion scene.
Her very name spells magic not only in the world of haute couture but anywhere in the film crazy nation be it at a bus-stop or paan-waala’s shop. Tall and athletic, she has a figure to die for and carries off just about any outfit with élan. She is equally at ease in a saree as she is in a fitting bodycon dress. If she oozes femininity in a sparkling desi number she exudes oodles of charm in a pantsuit. In a beautiful anarkali she looks very much the girl next door and in a mini-skirt an absolute stunner. And she accessorizes all her outfits with her dazzling smile.
2. Priyanka Chopra
The former Miss World has carried her success to Bollywood. Even as she is wooing audiences with her acting talent she is making heads turn in the fashion circles with her impeccable sartorial sense. Short skirts and knee-length outfits accentuate her shapely legs while sarees and other ethnic outfits bring out her desi charms. And she never seems to go wrong with her hairdos. Be it the messy top knot with denims and tees or a vintage updo with gowns it is difficult to take your eyes off her. Wow!
3. Kareena Kapoor
The girl with an impish charm wears clothes that perfectly complement her personality. The fitness-conscious diva is a designer’s delight and can slip into any outfit with utmost ease. In flowing gowns she is a dream, in dresses she looks picture perfect and in desi outfits she is the typical Indian girl. And like Deepika, she enlivens all her outfits with a fascinating smile.
4. Sonam Kapoor
Tall and elegant Sonam has fashion in her genes. Her mom was a fashion designer. Sonam’s wardrobe has creations by the world’s top designers. She made the world take notice of her with a stunning fairy-like appearance at Cannes in the summer of 2011. The actress swept the red carpet in a Jean Paul Gaultier couture gown. She also made appearances in the 2012, 2013 and 2014 editions of the fest. The popular fashionista has made appearances on the covers of many glossies. In her debut film Aisha, a major talking point was her enviable wardrobe.
5. Freida Pinto
The model and ‘Slumdog Millionaire’ actress has walked many a red carpet ever since she made a mark in Hollywood. The dusky star’s style quotient has garnered tremendous interest in the western as well as Indian media. Like Sonam, her appearances at Cannes were impressive. She especially rocked in Atelier Versace and Michael Angler high-slit gowns at Cannes 2012, a halter-neck bright pink Gucci gown in Cannes 2013, a strapless Oscar de la Renta gown in Cannes 2014 and got a lot of good press.
6. Sania Mirza
The poster girl of Indian tennis bowls crowds not just with her game but with her colourful dresses too. She is easily one of the most colourful personalities on the Indian sports scene. Sania has also walked the ramp at many fashion shows in westerns and ethnic wear and mostly for a cause.
7. Dipika Pallikal
Like Sania Mirza, Dipika wows in her colourful outfits on the squash court and off it too. When on the courts she is a combination of great looks, talent and style and on the rare occasions she is at a public function or Page 3 event she is a stunner all the way again with her looks and sense of dressing.
8. Shobhaa De
Though 66, the multifaceted Ms De looks gorgeous enough to give women half her age a run for their money. Though she is mostly seen in sarees teamed with just the right jewellery, Shobhaa De also looks swell in other ethnic designs and western wear too.
9. Vidya Balan
An ambassador of the saree is what I would call her. In the pretty Bollywood actress, the beautiful Indian attire has found the perfect model. Though after her marriage, a whole lot of ethnic creations have made their way to her wardrobe, many would agree that Vidya Balan loves sarees, sarees love Vidya Balan and there would be hardly anyone who doesn’t want to see Vidya Balan in a saree.
10. Kangana RanautEmbed from Getty Images
Kangana Ranaut with her elfin charms and slender figure can carry herself with ease in any outfit. While she looks oh-so-adorable and Barbie-doll-like in little dresses, she makes heads turn in ethnic outfits even with minimal jewellery. In gowns, Kangana simply looks divasque. Atta girl!