THE STYLE EVOLUTION OF KAREENA KAPOOR (Part I)
Today, Mrs. Kareena Kapoor Khan is amongst the top stars in Bollywood, loved for her talent, beauty and her style. But it’s taken a long while for the actress to reach where she is. Here’s a look at her journey from frizzy-haired blonde girl to the perfectly put together starlet with lioness eyes.
I. DEBUT AND BEYOND
Kareena Kapoor began her Bollywood career with Refugee, a movie where she portrayed a teenager drifting between Pakistan and India. What set this fresh face apart from her successful older sister Karishma was her strong jaw line and that bleach-blonde hair that was to become her signature look for years to come.
Kareena’s early appearances had her looking every bit the girl-next-door, in jeans and T-shirts, chunky belts and even bell bottoms that didn’t do much for her full figure.
When she wore ethnic ensembles, they were usually styled much too extensively, adding unnecessary bulk to her frame.
A most unflattering look that Kareena adopted during this phase was the dark-lip-liner-with-light-lipstick combo. Paired with her voluminous golden hair, the effect drowned her natural beauty out completely. The bold lips stole attention from her razor sharp cheekbones, and her over-bleached hair dominated her complete look.
- Image and Style Tip: Don’t be afraid to experiment a little, but take baby steps. You just need a good eye and a willingness to learn.
II. THE SIZE ZERO TREND
Kareena’s style took a turn for the glamorous when the actress began preparations for her role in action film Tashan. The actress wowed the world with her new size zero body which then became a trend, and gave it a wardrobe to match. Her new body even earned her the Sony Vaio campaign for its range of slim laptops.
Kareena openly shared the secret behind her fit new body with fans: her trusted dietitian, Pooja Makhija. Ever since she met Pooja, Kareena has been able to maintain an enviable body, while eating all her favorite foods in proportion and a strong exercise regimen that includes yoga.
Suddenly, gone were the cliché t-shirts and bulky accessories. Kareena is a self-confessed t-shirts-and-jeans kind of girl, but now her outfits were cleaner, with less frills and fuss. Dressing down allowed Kapoor to showcase her natural gifts and stand out that much more.
The half-brown-half-blonde hair was replaced with Grecian waves during Tashan and natural auburn locks off-screen, and before anyone could react, Kareena was showing off her desirable petite frame everywhere.
As time passed, Kareena even developed a staple make-up look: severly kohled eyes on a fresh, untouched face. A hint of blush added warmth to her stark white complexion, and she’s never looked better.
- Image and Style Tip: What are the best parts of your body? Focus on the areas that you like best; choose clothing and accessories to highlight them.
III. MRS. KAPOOR KHAN
After the size zero craze diminished and Kareena Kapoor began dating her now husband Saif Ali Khan, the weight came back but the dressing sense stayed put. Sleek evening gowns wrapped in glitter or block colours and printed dresses are regular picks.
The actress began to experiment with shorter hemlines, tighter silhouettes extravagant evening gowns with heels that reached stratospheric heights.
The star’s style has come so far, she even had a book launched recently dedicated to her fashion sense. “Style Diary of a Bollywood Diva” tracks the actress’s many looks, her diet tips and her entire style journey.
One of her personal favorite ensembles is the sari, and she never tires of Manish Malhotra.
- Image and Style Tip: Fashion inspiration can come from a variety of sources, from magazines to your friends’ personal style. Cut out those pictures and paste them into a binder or hang them up around your room to inspire you.
Today Kareena Kapoor looks fantastic in everything she wears, no matter what size she is.
ACE voice: Every person is unique, and every person has his own individual style. It’s your personality that dictates your style, which is your own interpretation of fashion and how you like to wear clothes together. Discover your Style personality.
Renuka Tandon is Director and Chief Consultant at ACE Impression. She provides customized image management and personal branding strategic consulting to corporate executives and business owners for professional growth and business success . Click here to contact Renuka.
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