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‘Makeup artistes do a great job of hiding my flaws’

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New Delhi, Sep 9 (IANSlife) Being a model may be fascinating for outsiders, but it comes at the cost of good skin and hair, says model Sony Kaur.

Hyderabad-based Kaur started modelling at the age of 16. Today, she is a familiar face on the ramp of big fashion events such as the Lakme Fashion Week and the Amazon India Fashion Week.

“Models may look flawless on the ramp, but even they have dark circles and pimples. The credit is to our makeup artistes, who do a great job of covering our physical flaws,”she tells IANS Life.

“Our skin and hair goes through a lot of torture back stage, and so models have to work harder compared to others to maintain their body. Taking the right supplements and eating right is therefore very important,” says Kaur, adding that she goes for regular skin clean-ups and take supplements to keep her skin and hair healthy.

Kaur, however, does not follow a strict diet regime. “I eat everything. We all should eat everything. I avoid junk and oily food. But prefers protein-rich diet including eat rice, dal, and everything which is home-cooked. I don’t really restrict myself,” she says. “Everything in limit is good for the body. Our body needs everything,” she adds.

She follows a workout routine. “I work hard to keep myself fit. Fitness is very important to me as I love my body. And once you are in this profession, you learn how to stay fit and healthy,” she says.

(Puja Gupta can be contacted at [email protected])

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‘Music festivals are a joyful, shared experience’

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Folk musicians performing in the Mehrangarh Fort (Photo by Jodhpur RIFF)

New Delhi, Sep 9 (IANSlife) The desert of Rajasthan is home to a plethora of folk arts, and public festivals celebrating these folk forms are growing by the day. One such event, the Jodhpur Rajasthan International Folk Festival (RIFF), in its 12th edition between October 10 and 14, will once again merge local folk sounds with global ones for a unique cross-cultural experience.

The Jodhpur RIFF, as it is called, takes place annually at the majestic Mehrangarh Fort, and is curated by Divya Bhatia, who feels music events or festivals are “among the few forums left that allow for a joyful, shared experience for all, irrespective of background or social standing. One needs no prior knowledge or understanding to lose oneself in the art form, he added.

Bhatia also gave IANS a sneak peek into the lineup of the upcoming festival. “We have a new thrust on original and contemporary writing in the regional traditions and will be exploring some new lyrics and poetry from Rajasthan and Punjab,” he said.

The festival will also feature a collaboration between Rajasthani and Irish musicians and new work with Ballake Sissoko from Senegal, with the Authentic Light Orchestra from Switzerland and with the master of the Armenian duduk, Emmanuel Hovhannisyan.


Living Legends at Jodhpur RIFF (Photo by Jodhpur RIFF)

Yissy Garcia from Cuba will be at the gala as first woman ‘Rustler’ — an artiste who collaborates with musicians of diverse forms. Ghatam maestro and Grammy-winning Vikku Vinayakram is also scheduled to perform, along with a performance by wonderful Punjabi singer Bir Singh, Afrobrat DJ Jose Marquez and some legendary Rajasthani music.

“Jodhpur RIFF recognises and celebrates our Rajasthani intangible heritage. Moreover, it creates opportunities and facilitates the judicious use of resources for the revitalisation of this heritage – providing inspiration, engagement and livelihood for traditional artists.

“Today, because of the festival, our international collaborations and presentations across the world, Jodhpur RIFF has become the consistent single largest employer of Rajasthani folk musicians,” said Bhatia.

Does he find folk musicians stable and secure in their practice and livelihood?

“Folk musicians across India can do with much more stability and security. As listeners, I would encourage us to learn about them, discover them, buy their music, invite them to perform for us and attend all their live concerts,” he said.

(Siddhi Jain can be contacted at [email protected])
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Why Lisa-Marie Presley was scared to have kids with Michael Jackson

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Los Angeles, Sep 9 : Late King of Pop Michael Jackson’s former wife Lisa-Marie Presley says she was afraid to have children with him.

Presley was married to Jackson between 1994 and 1996, during the time when the “Beat it” hitmaker was battling sexual abuse allegations.

Their brief marriage raised several questions, with some alleging it was nothing more than a publicity stunt, reports “mirror.co.uk”.

Speaking to Oprah in 2010, Presley had said: “There was (pressure to have children) and I did want to, I just wanted to make sure. I was looking into the future and I was thinking I don’t ever want to get into a custody battle with him.

“I don’t want to do this, I don’t want to go head to head with him so I need to make sure that everyone around is good. I know, I’ve had children. I knew bringing children into certain circumstance, you have to make sure everything’s safe and secure and okay. I wanted to make sure that he and I were really united. We were going to be up against so much.”

Michael Jackson died on June 25, 2009, at his Los Angeles home, reportedly due to acute propofol and benzodiazepine intoxication.

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The joy is in the journey

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New Delhi, Sep 9 (IANSlife) After a three-year hiatus, JJ Valaya returns to the Indian fashion scene with his Fall-Winter collection ‘Tabriz, which is inspired by Persian msyticism and reflects the designer’s own journeys, both geographical and personal, and evolution. Valaya is also unveiling a photo exhibition, ‘The Royal Nomad 2019’.

“This show is very special too me because it’s after a significant gap of three years. I took a sabbatical for various reasons, one of them being working on an international project as a creative director. But this self-imposed exile, if I could call it that, has been a great period of discovery, it gave me a perspective and direction,” said the designer.

Valaya is known for his couture creations and has been chosen by many celebrities and renowned personalities to design their trousseaus. With ‘Tabriz’, he insists, he is going to make a lot of brides and grooms happy. “It’s a completely new definition of couture, in terms of the whole experience and the quality of craftsmanship. We are a brand primarily catering to occasion wear and weddings. With ‘Tabriz’, the journey of choosing an outfit for your big day will be unparalleled; it’ll be by appointment only and the experience will go beyond exclusive. There will be no walk-in customers, we want to revive the entire atelier experience,” he said.

With most brands now launching collections online without shows and focusing on social media marketing and paid partnerships, is this the best way forward? “Most brides and grooms are young and know what they want. It is naïve to say that social media does not impact us. It is a new language and a very important part of the fashion scene. As for paid partnerships, that is not something we are looking at at the moment. We have created beautiful clothes and an even better experience, we can only hope that people find merit in that,” said Valaya.

Though he does not dismiss the importance of the social media, Valaya finds the presence of Bollywood overwhelming on the Indian fashion scene. He insists that the induction of Bollywood on the runway has really taken away from fashion. Having worked internationally as well he says, “There the focus is on the clothes, while here it’s the celebrity who hog the limelight,” he rued.

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