5 Reasons We Love Bollywood’s Deepika Padukone, Star of “Finding Fanny”

 

1)  She followed her dreams. 

Prior to being one of Bollywood’s most popular, desired and beloved actresses, Deepika Padukone had to make a number of tough calls. Before focusing on a career as a fashion model, Padukone was en route to following her father’s footsteps by playing badminton competitively. She played in the national level championships as well as state level tournaments.

Though talented at the sport, Padukone knew early on that her heart lay elsewhere. She was a child model by the age of 8, and in 2004, despite fear of her father’s disapproval, she began focusing on modeling full-time. Thankfully, her father wasn’t upset by her decision and a year later in 2005, she won the “Model of the Year” award at the Kingfisher Fashion Awards. It was only a matter of time before the acting world called out to her.

 

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2) She stays true to herself. 

In many interviews, Padukone admits that she is socially awkward. And not cute Jennifer Lawrence awkward. She says her social awkwardness and social anxiety led to her having very few friends as a child. Normally, a popular actress would deny that part of their personality, but not Padukone.

Despite the fame, Padukone has no problem admitting that it takes her a lot of time to open up to people. Unlike many of her co-stars who own the room when they walk in, Padukone knows and accepts her shy personality. She seems to have no plans of changing it.


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3) She’s fearless. 

When fans aren’t discussing Padukone’s career, they’re probably talking about only one other thing: her love life. This interest in her personal life is probably due to the fact that she is known to be rather open about it, especially about her ex-boyfriend Ranbir Kapoor. She often comes across as candid and not afraid to express her emotions.

In a 2013 interview, reporter Rajeev Masand asked if she had learned her lesson about publicly discussing her relationships. Padukone quickly bit back by pointing out that she was one of the first to open up and be honest about relationships. She clearly isn’t afraid to show her fans what’s truly happening in her life.

 

 

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Deepika Padukone in a dress from her clothing line.


4) There’s more to her than meets the eye.

Padukone’s list of talents seem endless. In addition to her acting and modeling career, she has written for health and fitness magazines and is a columnist for Hindustan Times. She takes part in marathons, such as the World 10K Bangalore marathon, which often raises funds for a charitable organizations, and she even began her own clothing line in 2013.


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5) She rolls with the punches.

A few years ago, Padukone’s career took a nosedive. She starred in a number of films, such as Bachna Ae Haseeno and Housefull, that received negative reviews.

Did she let this phase her? Absolutely not. She was confident in every role that she took on. In a 2012 interview, she said, “The films and the kind of roles I play, I’ve always believed in them. I’ve never really gone after what people expected me to do or what the industry expects me to do.” She continued to follow her gut and soon, her career took a turn.

In 2012, Padukone starred in the romantic comedy Cocktail, which was a major box office success and gave her a number of best actress nominations. She followed this up by acting in four of the top-grossing productions of 2013 and some of the highest-grossing Bollywood films of all time. She won the Filmfare Award for Best Actress and is currently one of the highest paid and most popular actresses in Bollywood.

 

BONUS: She’s beautiful!

She’s known as one of the most attractive celebrities in India. In 2008, she ranked first in Maxim India’s “Hot 100″ list and was named “India’s Most Beautiful Woman” in India’s People magazine. In 2012-2014, Padukone was ranked on The Times of India’s list of “Most Desirable Woman” and she was named the “World’s Sexiest Woman” in 2010 and 2014 by India’s FHM.

The following pictures prove it.

 

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Want to see more of this incredible actress? Check out the trailer to her upcoming film FINDING FANNY.

 

FINDING FANNY releases in theaters across North America on September 12. Directed by Homi Adajania, the film also stars Arjun Kapoor, Naseeruddin Shah, Dimple Kapadia, and Pankaj Kapoor with a special appearance by Ranveer Singh.

Calling All Petite Girls: This Filipino Fashion Blogger Shows You How to Elongate Your Legs

 

Standing at just barely five feet tall, I have always been envious of friends who were blessed with long legs. In some pictures, one of my tall friends and I even look like mother and child. It’s tragic, really. But the real struggle comes when I go into pretty much any clothing store and nothing seems to fit the way they do on girls that are average height.

Jus recently though, I was looking through the fashion website lookbook.nu, and came across Filipino fashion blogger Kryz Uy. Not only does she have a cool, edgy style, she’s also only 5-feet-2-inches, and manages to look both stunning and tall at the same time. That pretty much makes her my hero.

Uy has graciously shared with petite fans on her blog, Thirstythoughttips on how to achieve the illusion of having longer legs for those of us who, unfortunately, do not.

Here are 10 of her genius tips:

 

1. Pointers out. Pointy shoes can elongate your leg, especially when they match your skin color.

 

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2. Waist Line Wonders. High waisted anything will give the visual illusion that your legs start higher than really do.

 

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3. Lines Lines Lines. Just as horizontal stripes make you look wider, vertical ones will make you look longer and leaner.

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4. Nude it up. Wear shoes that match the color of your skin to give the illusion of an extended leg.

 

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5. Monochromatic. Wear a single color to lengthen your silhouette without any breaks.

 

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6. No to breaks. Similarly, anything that breaks the vertical line of the body will visually shorten. Try going sans ankle strap to keep the line going.

 

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7. Hey shortie. The higher the hem, the more skin exposure, the longer your legs will look.

 

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8. Geometry. Play with asymmetric cuts or geometric patterns that elongate.

 

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9. Maximum length. Don’t be afraid of skirts and pants that are too long. They are the perfect place to hide high heels, making you look naturally longer.

 

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10. Posture. Stand tall, shoulders back and walk with confidence. The less you slouch your back and hang your head, the longer your entire silhouette will seem.

 

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Check Out Transformers Enthusiast’s Unbelievable Toy Collection

 

The sci-fi series Transformers is without a doubt an extremely successful franchise. Even with a complete change of cast, this year thousands of kids, teens and adults still lined up to watch the fourth and latest film in the series, Age of Extinction.

Battles between good and evil robots, and of course, the side romance between a dorky-boy-turned-hero and well, Megan Fox — what more could you possibly ask for? I get it. Kind of.

But former soldier and Transformer enthusiast Zhang Wei’s passion for the series may just be a little bit extreme. The man has collected an astounding number of 380 transformer toys — Optimus Prime, Megatron, Bumblebee, Red Spider, Metroplex to name a few — over a span of twelve years. How much has this collection cost him and his wife, you ask? 200,000 RMB, which is roughly $32,000.

Check out his collection below:

 

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This New Type of Yoga Will Give You the Giggles

 

Your colleagues are mean to you, your boss keeps hinting that your work is not up to par and you’re so stressed out that all you want to do is go home and cry into your pillow. Cue Daniel Powter’s “Bad Day.” Sometimes, a good cry is just what you need to get out all the pent-up frustration.

Well, for those of you who may not be keen on crying your sorrows away, we’ve got some good news. We’re here to introduce you to a therapy that’s quite the opposite – “laughter yoga,” a new form of yoga that is sure to lift your spirits right back up.

This new form of yoga, a combination of the literal act of laughing and your typical yoga breathing techniques, was first founded by Indian cardiologist Madan Kataria in 1995, and it is now the latest form of therapy practiced all over the world. In Asia, Europe and the United States, there are more than 600 clubs that offer laughter yoga courses.

UK consultancy firm Inspire2Aspire, which now has a branch in Hong Kong, also offers laughter yoga courses corporations can enroll in, which is believed to “ease stress and increases productivity and creativity.” 

Veena Dansinghani, a partner at the firm, explains to CCTV in an interview, “The whole concept of laughter yoga is that you fake it until you make it,” he says. “Your body doesn’t recognize, or your mind doesn’t recognize if you’re laughing for a reason or not. Your entire body is being exercised. Your internal organs, your heart is being exercised. You’re getting a great cardio workout. Ten minutes of belly laughter is equivalent to 30 minutes of cardio.” 

Watch the interview below:

 

 

As the reporter says in the video, “Can’t touch your toes? No worries. Laughter Yoga just wants you to be happy.”

Though it may seem silly, it has proven to work for some employees. Euby Yu, the Learning and Development Manager at Ocean Park has said of his experience with laughter yoga, “We’ve seen remarkable results. We see many happy faces. The day after our session, one of our colleagues, the first thing she said to me, is ‘Ho! Ho! Hahaha!’ I can see the difference.”

Not buying it? Well, we hope we’ve at least made you chuckle for a few seconds. After all, laughter is the best medicine.


 

China Turns the Tables: Attractive Men Used to Market Women’s Beauty Products

 

We understand why women star in makeup commercials. After all, women are (generally) the target audience for makeup. But when women are used for cologne commercials, sports commercials or any other male-targeted product commercials, we can’t help but cringe a little. Don’t get us wrong — we have no problem with women breaking gender roles and being into these products as well, but you can’t sit there and tell us that a hot girl in a bikini swooning over a guy’s freshly-shaven face makes women wanna go buy some shaving cream.

Nevertheless, attractive women are constantly used to sell male-targeted products. This led me to wonder what it would be like if things were the other way around. No, I’m not talking about men modeling two-piece bikinis. I’m talking about a world where media focused on the male body to sell. What if, in a complete turn of events, men were used to sell makeup and beauty products?

Well it looks like I don’t have to wonder anymore because China has already begun to turn the tables. In China, Maybelline now uses male celebrities to sell beauty products to women. Clearly, this move is timed perfectly with the successful rise of idols. So far, they have enlisted Taiwanese pop star and actor Ko Chen-tung.

 

 

We’re not blind — we understand the problems with this idea. The biggest criticism we foresee is the commercial’s shift from “this product makes me beautiful” to “this product will help me impress hot guys.” Obviously, we’re rooting for commercials which advocate for self-love instead of being beautiful for someone else.

But we can’t deny that we’re quite amused with this concept. For starters, maybe men will realize how difficult it is when media sets such high standards. Also, let me just be honest here: I’m quite the happy camper when media recognizes that Asian men can be hot. Don’t you hate that stereotype? I can’t tell you how many times I’ve rolled my eyes at mainstream media portraying Asian men as unappealing. Clearly, China knows that stereotype is wrong and they’re not afraid to show it.

Check out the commercial below and tell us what you think!

 

 

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Upgrade Your Braided Look With This Come-Back Hair Trend

 

By now, we’ve pretty much seen all kinds of braids — fishtail, french, milk-maid, you name it. Recently though, Marie Claire China brought to our attention an adorable hairstyle that was popular a few years ago and is now back – braiding a thin scarf into your hair.

Just as there are many types of braids, there are, of course, many ways you can wear this look, as seen in Indian American fashion designer Rachel Roy’s fall/winter collection at New York Fashion Week last year, as well as the recent Honor show.

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For a more casual look, you may want to try a more-toned style like this one, inspired by actress Bella Thorne.

Here is a step by step guide from the Chinese fashion site 17mr.org:

 

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And once you’ve mastered the basics, you can attempt to braid the scarf into a fancy french braided bun, like this Weibo user below:

 

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Happy braiding!

Why Asian Americans Are in Support of Jeremy Lin Joining the Lakers

 

This past weekend, social media exploded with the news that Jeremy Lin was traded from the Houston Rockets to the Los Angeles Lakers. In particular, Asian Americans couldn’t stop talking about it. After all, Lin’s success story hit home with many of us, sports fans and non-sports fans alike.

However, Lin’s trade was met with much debate. Some Laker fans criticized his ability and questioned whether or not his fans were supporting him for the right reasons. We’re gonna clear it up for you: Yes, Asian Americans support Jeremy Lin not only for his skills but also because he succeeded against all odds. He succeeded despite the doubts thrown at him that we, as Asian Americans, face on a daily basis.

We summed it up in our Winter 2013-2014 issue by pointing out that Lin “embodied the hardworking Asian American icon that had been discriminated against and underestimated his entire life and was finally getting his opportunity to show the world what he could really do.”

 

 

 

Furthermore, NBC News points out that the trade was clearly a good decision. Los Angeles is one of the largest Asian American markets and will surely be in support of Lin.

“Lin has a chance to make a huge impact in that town — not by trying to relive ‘Linsanity’ but by being a solid player constantly trying to improve his game,” said University of Michigan Asian/Pacific Islander American History Professor Scott Kurashige to NBC News. “As long as he performs at that level, Asian Americans will undoubtedly rally behind Lin and the Lakers, but he’ll gain the respect of many more beyond that.”

As for Lin, he doesn’t seemed to be phased by all the debate. Three days ago, he posted the following picture.
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“Thank you to Houston fans, media, Rockets staff, coaches and teammates for the last 2 years,” he wrote in his caption. “Sad it never went, or ended, the way I had envisioned it to, but God always has a perfect plan and I’ll forever cherish that chapter of my life. Im SO blessed to join the Lakers and cant wait to get started!!! #purpleandgold #calikid”

 


ASIAN STREET STYLE: Seoul’s Oversized Clutch Trend

With the ever-changing size of our phones and tablets after every new product launch, the usually chic and easy to carry cross body bags aren’t always up for the challenge of holding everything we need for our daily commutes.  Browsing through Seoul’s current streetwear trends, we find that oversized clutches are becoming a staple in a fast paced society.

When we think of “oversized,” we tend to assume bulky, but these street style fashionistas show us how they mold their accessories into a streamlined and sleek look which allows for timeless appeal while fitting the current trends for both women and men. Yes, you read that correctly– even men can pull off oversized clutches. And who better to follow than men in Seoul? After all, they are the leading trendsetters in men’s fashion worldwide, especially in America.

As you can see, this accessory can be paired with multiple looks and outfits. We love how each fashionista [in the picture above] kept to a neutral palette in their choice of color.  Neutrals are always safe for any outfit or event—work or play.

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Falling in love with this trend?  Take a peek below at some of our favorite finds that we can’t wait to add to our handbag and accessories collection.  We found three gorgeous clutches from budget-friendly to investment worthy for any type of shopping pursuit!

 


 

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Natural-toned geometrics and texture give this BCBGMAXAZRIA envelope clutch a stylish edge to help play up more minimalist outfits.  With a budget-friendly price tag, this piece should definitely be considered for your handbag selection.

Measurements: 8” Height x 11” Width x 1” Depth
Available at: Lord and Taylor Stores and Online for $118.00


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Reece Hudson’s Bowery Oversized Clutch boasts beautiful embossed panels of quilted leather, cotton lining and pockets to hold anything in a fitting combination of luxury and urban.  We highly suggest you browse through Hudson’s clutch designs and see why she earned a spot in the Council of Fashion Designers of America’s Fashion Incubator Program.

Measurements: 9” Height x 15” Width x 1” Depth
Available at: Barneys New York Stores and Online for $695


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Talk about gorgeous details! The Row’s oversized clutch is made of smooth, black calfskin with woven paneling in a modern, yet classic feel.  This is definitely an investment-worthy piece that can be loved season to season beyond vintage status.

 

 Measurements: 10.5” Height x 15” Width
Available at: Farfetch.com for $2900.00


-Story by Min A. Lee

Feature Photo courtesy of kstreetstyle.tumblr.com

 

Unlocked Possibilities: Paintings & Personal Stories of China’s Most Esteemed Female Celebs

 

With all the fame, the money and of course the good looks, it’s easy to lose sight of the hard work that some big name celebrities have put into their careers to get to where they are now.

To honor some of China’s most esteemed female celebrities, renowned Chinese artist Yu Hong recently collaborated with luxury jewelry brand, Tiffany & Co., to create stunning portraits of tennis player Li NA, actress Zhang Zi Yi, and singer Li Yuchun. Each of these women were given one of Tiffany’s iconic key necklaces, which are seen in surprisingly moving interview videos, shot by director Mackenzie Sheppard and director of photography Oliver Miller.

According to Jing Daily, the concept behind this collaboration came from the artist Hong herself, who sought to “forge a relationship between Tiffany’s keys and the audience by connecting the everyday experience of people in China with the stars she paints.” The Tiffany key necklaces, priced between $5,600-$8,700, are also symbolic, in that they represent the “unlocked possibilities” of each of the celebrities futures.

In her personal video, Zhang Zi Yi tells her own story as Hong listens on and gracefully paints her portrait.

Zhang speaks of how she once studied to be a ballerina, then realized that her true passion lay in acting. “When you leave behind what you know to pursue something new, it takes a lot of courage,” she says. She also laments her fear of failure and the struggle she faced in her journey to become an actress. “Growing up, experience tells us that most of the time being lazy or giving up isn’t a choice, because you only have one purpose, and that is to live up to greatness.”

Watch each of the celebrity’s unravel their personal stories in the videos below:

 

 

Zhang Ziyi: Portrait of Possibility from Mackenzie Sheppard on Vimeo.

 

 

Li Na: “Unlock the Possibilities” from Mackenzie Sheppard on Vimeo.

 

 

Li Yuchun from Mackenzie Sheppard on Vimeo.

 

Jamie Chung and Daniel Henney Cast in Disney’s “Big Hero 6″

No strangers to kicking butt, Jamie Chung and Daniel Henney have joined cast of Disney and Marvel’s upcoming animated action-comedy, Big Hero 6, which hits theaters Nov. 7. Directors Don Hall and Chris Williams unveiled the young superhero team yesterday.

Big Hero 6 is set in the fictional San Fransokyo, a metropolis where underground robot fights are all the rage. Hiro Hamada (voiced by Ryan Potter), a 14-year-old robotics prodigy, and his robot Baymax (Scott Adsitt) must join forces with a group of inexperienced crime-fighting “techie heroes” when they uncover a dangerous plot.

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Chung voices GoGo Tomago, who is described as a “laconic Clint Eastwood type” who can take care of herself. An industrial engineering student, Go Go developed a bike with magnetic-levitation technology, which also made its way into her super-suit.

Henney voices Tadashi Hamada, the older brother of Hiro, who is heavily involved in the underground bot fights. Tadashi, fortunately, helps inspire Hiro to put his smarts to good use and gain admission to the San Fransokyo Institute of Technology, where he meets a robot named Baymax (voiced by Scott Adsitt). Together, they join forces with the four others to complete the crucial mission.

The team includes Fred (T.J. Miller), a big sci-fi and comic book geek whose “Fredzilla” creature suit is a homage to Godzilla. Honey Lemon (Genesis Rodriguez) is a chemistry student who is a bit geeky, but her sweet personality, positive attitude, and smarts make her a valuable member of the team. Wasabi (Damon Wayans Jr.) sports plasma-induced lasers that come out of his arms, but he’s very cautious about how to go about being a superhero-until he learns to embrace the crazy that comes with the job.

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-Story by James S. Kim
This story was originally published on iamkoream.com 


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