Monday, November 26, 2012

Bollywood Beauty

The beauty of Bollywood has captivated the world, and excitingly made its way into influence of mainstream American fashion.  It is womanly, yet shy, and sparkly, and rich, full or color, mystery and centuries of culture.  From Mehndi and its many traditions and meanings, the rich use of color in cloth, spices and their many uses and flavors, and the jewelry that has many meanings and occasions, the makeup which enhances a woman’s full beauty.  The enjoyment of an innocence forgotten by the western world to family friendly films.  My husband was captivated by the filmstars of old like Madhuri and Rekha and Amitah Bachan, and ended up with a much more real and healthy idea of what a women looks like, then our western ideals, the knowledge that women change thru child birth and a life lived, and that thin is not the value of a woman, but morals, modesty, and a kind word, giving all she has for family.
I have been captivated by the movies, culture, and traditions since, at 17, I got my first mehndi at a cultural festival.  I was hooked by the smell and feel on my skin the mystery in the design and the folklore surrounding it, and thus started a decade long love of all things hindustani.

Ashwariya Rai                                             Prianka Chopra
Madhuri Dixit                                                - Deepika padukone
And my favorite heroine, Rani Mukerji….my favorite movie is Dil Bole Hadippa!, my 2 yr old asks to watch it daily, and we watch it about 4 times a week, it never gets old.  If you have never watched a hindi movie before, you GOT to try this one…you will be hooked too :)
Madhuri Dixit                                                               Deepika padukone
Part of the allure of Indian beauty is the timelessness of it, the unabashed femininity, the ruchness.

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