American supermodel Kendra Spears became a princess yesterday after marrying the eldest son – Prince Rahim Aga Khan – of billionaire racehorse owner, His Highness Aga Khan IV. The Seattle-born beauty, 25, wore a stunning ivory Manav Gangwani sari with gold embroidery to marry Prince Rahim Aga Khan, 41, in a traditional Muslim ceremony. After the engagement in April this year, the couple exchanged vows yesterday at the Bellerive Castle in Geneva, Switzerland.
It’s quiet a coup for Gangwani to bag the task of designing the wedding finery for one of the world’s richest royals. Karim Aga Khan and his son – Rahim are one of the world’s ten richest royals and international business magnates, with an estimated net worth of $800 million USD (2010). Princess Kendra Spears is an achiever in her own right. She is a supermodel and has worked with all the big-ticket designers and labels. So how did Manav Gangwani get to know the Aga Khan family that has the reputation of being very discreet? When I called up Manav at Geneva, as usual he wasn’t forthcoming. Understandable as the royal families make you sign a ‘Non Disclosure Agreement’ (NDA).
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I do like the ivory sari that Kendra wore and the ivory sherwani donned by Prince Rahim. Kudos to Gangwani. His networking does pay off and if my sources are right, Gangwani is dressing a Hollywood celeb!
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Interview unveiled its latest Model Issue this weekend that has seven ageless iconic supermodels shot by Mert and Marcus. The black and white images of Kate Moss, Naomi Campbell, Christy Turlington, Amber Valetta, Stephanie Seymour, Linda Evangelista, and Daria Werbowy are simple with minimal makeup. The Model Issue of Interview has Naomi Campbell, Stephanie Seymour and Daria posing stark naked and believe you me, they look as they haven’t aged a bit.
Just after browsing through the Model Issue of Interview I chanced upon the picture of Sangeeta Bijlani shot yesterday on the ramp at the Lakme Fashion Week. Have to say Bijlani too is one of those ageless Desi Supermodel. Have a look for yourself!
Herb Ritts, the fashion photographer who rose to fame in the 80s and 90s, was known for his work in black and white, and for making humans look like classic sculpture. He became more popular in pop culture circles after he famously shot videos for Madonna, Janet Jackson, and Michael Jackson.
NOWNESS has some newly-revealed and never-before-seen shots from the photographer, Herb Ritts, who died in 2002. They feature a young Naomi Campbell, Cindy Crawford, Johnny Depp, David Bowie and Karl Lagerfeld. Naomi famously once said, “All of us experienced pain with Herb, but the pain was worth it. You want one of those photographs in your lifetime of modeling.” Cindy Crawford said, “Herb would always get you naked. I think he photographs women the way they want to look. You knew that’s the way it went, you are going to look good.”
Desperate socialite Queenie Singh tried everything possible to host a bash for the visiting Celebrity Blogger Perez Hilton so as to get mentioned by Perez in his popular blog. But poor Queenie failed in her ambitious mission as Perez left India after holidaying in Rajasthan. Sources told me that Queenie desperately tried getting in touch with Perez Hilton by calling the Lake Palace Hotel in Udaipur but without luck.
Queenie’s shrewd formula of hosting bashes for visiting international celebrities to get to know them worked successfully earlier. She hosted lavish parties for revered fashion editrix, Suzy Menkes, Naomi Campbell and most recently Paris Hilton with the sole idea of getting on Page3 posing with the famous people and to flaunt her association with them. Gawd…things these desperate socialites do for that shallow ‘fifteen-minutes-of-fame’! Poor Queenie’s luck ran out with Perez Hilton and her dream of being mentioned on his Blog alongside the likes of Victoria Beckham and Lady Gaga crashed.
I think somebody should do a TV series on “Desperate Housewives of Mumbai and Delhi”. The TRPs would be great and there are no dearth of Desperate Housewives (like Queenie) willingly starring in them!
“I am shocked. It’s upsetting to be described as chocolate, not just for me, but for all black women and black people. I do not find any humor in this. It is insulting and hurtful,” said the uber model Naomi Campbell. Obviously she was referring to the new Cadbury Ad to promote its new Bliss chocolate bar. The advertisement read, “Move over Naomi, there’s a new diva in town,” with an image of the candy posed on a mound of diamonds.
Cadbury has now apologized to supermodel Naomi Campbell for using her name in the new Bliss chocolate bar Ad. Cadbury posted the following statement on its website: “Cadbury understands that our latest advertising campaign for Cadbury Dairy Milk Bliss caused upset to Naomi Campbell and her family. Cadbury takes its responsibility to consumers very seriously indeed and we would never deliberately produce any marketing material we felt might cause offence to any section of society. It was not our intention that this campaign should offend Naomi, her family or anybody else and we are sincerely sorry that it has done so.
We can confirm that the advertisement is no longer in circulation and we will not be using it in future marketing for Cadbury Dairy Milk Bliss. We have been in discussions with Naomi’s solicitors and can confirm that they have accepted our apology on her behalf as a conclusion to this issue.”
Naomi Campbell was pleased that Cadbury asked for forgiveness. But, she added, “It is also a shame that it took so long for Cadbury to offer this apology. I hope they and other multinationals can learn from this; that offence may not be their intention, but when it is shown that it has caused offence a sincere apology straight away goes a long a way. Better still they should avoid causing offense in the first place which is best achieved by having greater diversity at board and senior management level.”
By the way Naomi Campbell Posed with a Chocolate Bunny for a David LaChapelle Photograph sometime back!