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Kiran Rao covers Elle’s latest issue and, about time we say! Wearing Rajesh Pratap Singh, Ms. Rao owns the cover. We like.

(Un)Covered- Kiran Rao In Rajesh Pratap Singh For Elle August 2014

Left: Kiran Rao For Elle, August 2014
Right: Rajesh Pratap Singh, Spring 2014

Photo Credit: Viral Bhayani

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  1. She looks good… actually great… no complaints there.

    But why has she been white washed like that? What… is her natural complexion not good enough for them? Do they think you need to have the peaches-cream complexion to look pretty? Disgraceful.

  2. Wow!!!! Now this is how simple sophisticated clothes turn into a fashion vision !!! Love everything about it and yes her glasses add to her personality

    • Yeah, I think she looks sensational and the best bit is that it totally resonates her style. But why oh why is some Indian media so hellbent on presenting brown skin beauty as white?

  3. Did Kiran Rao accept this white washed version of hers? The impression I have of her would not let her do that. She looks wonderful with the skin tone she has naturally…

  4. That doesn’t look like her from any angle. This is some sad sh*t that even the lady with brains have to go through the white washing/photoshop route.

  5. So much thought put into a geeky look takes away all the geekiness in my opinion. I was a geek in my student years and looked nowhere close to this (or deepika’s supposedly geeky avtar in YJHD). I proudly stayed unwaxed, ungroomed in unironed clothes and didn’t care for having a separate soap for washing my face let alone wearing makeup (line in the cover above).
    But yeah, I get it, this is a fashion journal (and YJHD a bollywood flick), they have to still look pleasing (conventionally speaking) while trying to radiate geekiness.

    • Ooh, there is a notion that somehow one cannot be beautiful and brainy. Somehow these two are mutually exclusive. That in order to be truly geeky, a woman needs to stroke her chin hair while pondering over maths. That you cannot do quantum physics and wear heels and look good. Is it the hangover from “Einstein had bad hair & therefore brainy people need no shampoo” thought process?
      Aside, I don’t see anything striking about this cover. It’s lazy in its assumption that she wears glasses therefore she’s a deep kind of a film-maker. Let’s dress her up in geek chic and so on and so forth. Painful.

  6. Love the look – the outfit and the glasses are so intellectually sophisticated !! I don’t care for the white face though – ELLE could’ve translated this better keeping her actual color in my opinion.

  7. Ok I get it- the glasses are her signature style but for once I am curious to see how she looks without them. Don’t even know where to start about the photo shopping so not going to!

  8. P and p, considering the amount of influence u have, can you not take a Stand against this blatant racism? Are magazines trying to tell us that our true skin color is not worthy enough to display?


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