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Cosmopolitan India

Cosmopolitan India November 2019

Cosmopolitan isn’t just a magazine, it’s a religion. Now in its 15th year in India, Cosmopolitan is the world’s largest selling magazine, with 200 million readers annually in a 100 countries. It is published in over 26 languages, but at its core, it speaks only one – that of fun fearless females globally. Another language it speaks? That of stupendous success!Top Indian actresses, models and singers have been on the cover of Cosmopolitan before the rest of the world recognised their spark-because we know a fun fearless female when we see one! When we put someone on the Cosmopolitan cover, we acknowledge her right to be counted among the best in the business.

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12 Issues

in this issue

2 min.
editor’s letter

Welcome to the Beauty Issue…our annual offering of the best beauty tools, launches, and advice. If you’re looking for ways to upgrade your look, I have a feeling you’ll find plenty of inspiration here. While we’re on the subject, I’d like to talk about beauty apps. Those porerefining, nose-snatching, magical taps of technology that can make us look a little (or a lot) better than our real selves. Each one of us has a beauty app or filter sitting on our phones, let’s be honest. And unless there is a suspiciously curved door in the background to give away your waistnipping editing skills, the alterations are almost undetectable. But while digitally altering our bodies and faces to perfection might seem harmless (and it certainly looks flattering in the moment), the longterm implications of…

1 min.
5 products i’m lovin’ right now

The new Moschino Toy 2, ₹5,800/100ml, might look innocent (thanks to that cute teddy bear bottle), but it houses a super-sexy, floral-woody scent that’s perfect for the cold, cold winter. If you, like me, are guilty of OD-ing on trending manis, The Celery Oil by Tenoverten (₹1,900 approx), will come to your rescue. It’s ultra-hydrating, non-greasy, and promotes healthy nail growth. Currently testing the Glamglow Good In Bed (₹4,200), and loving it! A blend of AHA, BHA and PHA acids along with passionfruit oil and cationic technology, it immediately exfoliates cells and rejuvenates dull, dehydrated skin. Formulated with hyaluronic acid, kaolin clay, bamboo powder and Vit E, the Smashbox Cosmetics Studio Skin Full Coverage 24 Hour Foundation, ₹3,300, is just the kind of formula your make-up bag needs right now. The Revlon ColorStay Lookbook…

2 min.
you tell us october issue

THAT TIME OF THE YEAR! “Congrats on your 23rd anniversary, Cosmo! I absolutely loved the art-special edition—the stories were so refreshing! Janhvi looked great on the cover, and I have to agree, it was indeed one of her mostcandid interviews yet. She’s a bright girl and seems to be learning the tricks of the trade well—certainly here for the long haul. I look forward to her next release.”—Sanaah Shafi IN THE SPOTLIGHT “Happy birthday, Cosmo! Here’s wishing you a great year ahead. And thank you for the fabulous Art Issue. It was great to see some of my favourite artists find a spot in my favourite magazine. I enjoyed reading Curated Experiences, Art For a Cause and Meet Art’s Finest Gems. Stories like these make you realise just how much talent there is…

2 min.
in good faith

A practising LGBTQIA+ member, in any religious set-up, is often faced with an additional predicament: not only are they considered a non-adhering faction (for their sexual orientation) by a majority in the faith, they are sometimes also ostracised by the LGBTQIA+ community for their religious beliefs. A believer can’t be gay, the former claim. One can’t be queer and religious, the latter opines. It was this dilemma that Rafiul Alom Rahman wanted to rid the community of—the feeling of being alienated by your own; of being a minority within a minority. Starting at home, he founded The Queer Muslim Project (TQMP), to provide the LGBTQIA+ Muslims a platform to be heard, acknowledged, supported, and belong to. “As an LGBTQIA+ Muslim, one is often expected to choose a side—you can either be Muslim or…

1 min.
365 days of summer

1 COVER-UPS Remember that flowing robe? Honestly, no-one will know it served as your beach-to-bar go-to three months ago. You can totally replicate the look over normal, non-day-drinking clothes. 2 SLIP DRESSES Alert: a white T-shirt isn’t the only thing you can pair with your slip dress. Mind = blown! Layer your knits on top, and see what we mean. TIE-DYE… …is universal! It knows no boundaries, so yeah, wear that shirt or skirt you got in August with any of your coldweather separates. 4 MESH Take the see-through stuff you sported all summer back out of storage because, duh, you can wear it under or over tanks and dresses. Yes, it shows extra skin, but it provides a little extra warmth?! 5 SANDALS Mmm-hmm. You heard right. Pairing your sandals with fun socks gives them a longer life.…

3 min.
‘so, who’s the man in the relationship?’

“My preference to keep my hair short and clothes baggyish, clubbed with scarlet lips and kohl eyes, makes me a confused lesbian…”—The Anonymous Author “My partner and I have been thinking a lot about lipsticks lately. According to some model of political lesbianism, we’re an anomaly because we like to wear lippies. Recently, on a date night with another same-sex couple, both of us excused ourselves for a quick re-dab of lip paint—a usual behaviour after two rounds of vodka-soda, right? Not so much for our lesbian friends, who leaned forward, ironically, and commented, ‘So, who’s the man in the relationship?’ This isn’t a new question. It doesn’t matter where you’re placed on the sexuality spectrum or what your take on women’s lib is—gender is a visual appearance, and nothing says, ‘I…