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Cosmopolitan India

Cosmopolitan India February 2020

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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in this issue

2 min.
editor’s letter

IT’S THE MONTH OF LOVE! When it comes to matters of the heart, I am the cheesiest gouda in the cold storage. I believe in soulmates, I revel in grand gestures, and I adore anything heart-shaped—doughnuts, trinkets, puppies with vascular-organ shaped balloons attached to their wee collars, tattoos with my name etched in the middle (I kid, but only a little). But while I’m the kind of person who really feels Frank Sinatra songs on rainy days, I’m also going to be one to tell you this: when it comes to relationships, I highly recommend that you be a little selfish. I know, the word selfish has an ugly connotation. We tend to view it as greed or self-centredness. But that’s because we haven’t been taught the concept of ‘healthy selfishness’. The truth…

1 min.
5 things i’m lovin’ right now

Lilac is one of the #trending hues of the season, and this sculpted jacket by Rimzim Dadu, ₹67,200, is the perfect statement piece to layer with…well, everything! Erm, your wardrobe is about to get a whole lot more stylish, thanks to this humongous, braided cat-shaped bag by Gucci, price on request. Travelling will never be the same again! A fun pair of sunglasses is always a go. And this one by Papa Don’t Preach by Shubhika, ₹10,030, fits right into the scheme of (fashionable) things. If you don’t already know, tie-n-dye is back (and much cooler than its’60s cousin). These sneakers by Fila, ₹6,999, are such a cool way to work the trend. This two-toned skirt by Aruni, ₹5,880, feels like it’s summoning summer—a call that I’ve been waiting for all winter long.…

2 min.
you tell us

WAY TO GO, GIRL! “Vaani Kapoor made for such a stunning covergirl. I loved the interview: it looked great, and read good, too. It was interesting to see her open up about her professional and personal life. I do feel that, after all these years in Bollywood, she has changed, for the better, and is learning the tricks of the trade. But my favourite thing about her is that she is a fellow foodie! So nice to see a woman who enjoys her food just as much as she loves fitness.” —SHANAYA DHIR REVISITING TRENDS “I enjoyed Fancy Pants. It was interesting to see the plush fabrics being rethought and restyled to keep with the modern times: fresh and so fun! Other stories I liked just as much were Travel Like a Beauty Genius,…

3 min.
at face value

Saunak Shah “Portraiture has always been my go-to form of expression into how I see the world and people. Typically, I like to work with my subject on a concept or theme, and the outcome is geared to convey a message. I want to be able to showcase the beauty and diversity of people, the unspoken narratives, the hidden talent, the power of colour…exemplified through a sense of space, identity, and storytelling. Like Rajat (seen in this picture). I photographed him in Khari Baoli, Delhi, as part of the concept of ‘role reversal’. The purpose of my work is to bring to the fore issues that are important to me as an Indianborn queer minority person of colour living in New York. I wish to evoke conversations around topics such as…

3 min.
surprising ways to tell when a trend is on its way out

YOU: “Oh, hello, sneakers with ugly-bulky soles. I’ve seen lots of very cool people wearing you. Should I buy you too? But wait, you’ve been around for a while…maybe you’re actually (gasp) over?!” US: Breathe. And use these secret signals to determine how long a trend has left, and the exact moment—down to the month!—it’ll be officially dead. COSMO’S OFFICIAL RANKING OF CURRENT TRENDS In order of staying power Your mom starts to notice It’s A Thing. Listen, some matriarchs do ‘get it’, but most aren’t watching Fashion TV shows or paying attention to what the influencers wear on the daily. So if they’ve caught on to a trend, it’s likely not long for this world. T minus: 7 months It’s in kids’ stores. Sorry, children. You are our future, but your clothes are always at…

4 min.
keeping up with the kapoor

Rhea Kapoor has never played by the rules, whether it is the distinctive sartorial choices she’s made for sister Sonam Kapoor Ahuja on the red carpet, or the women-led, chancy movies she’s put her weight (and money) behind as one of the youngest producers in Bollywood. Among the various hats she’s busy wearing at the moment, the newest is playing muse to designer Anamika Khanna for the 15th edition of the Blenders Pride Fashion Tour. We caught up with the ultimate #BossBabe to ask about the fashion hacks she swears by, rookie mistakes she’s guilty of, and why she loves a certain Lady Dorris’ old jackets. Cosmo: Tell us about your association with the latest Blenders Pride Fashion Tour? Rhea Kapoor: “It’s such a great platform for the industry, and it’s always…