Today, when you set your eyes at Kareena Kapoor on the screen or at a public appearance, the first thing that comes to mind is how picture perfect the actor looks. For those who keenly follow her appearances, we are sure that it is baffling as to how this gorgeous diva manages to nail the right look every single time! She does not just make a strong fashion statement with her dressing but also owns every look with supreme confidence.
But if you thought that she was a born fashionista whose acting genes make all this possible, then let us tell you that you couldn’t be further away from the truth. The actor has earned her style diva tag with loads of hard work and effort that has gone into achieving the svelte look that she sports today. Here is a look at Kareena Kapoor’s style journey and how she evolved from being an ugly duckling (if we may say so) to a beautiful swan!
Kareena Kapoor made her debut with Refugee where she played a non-glamourous role sans makeup. While her acting prowess was much appreciated in the movie, Kareena Kapoor’s style was not what was in the spotlight during her debut.
Kareena Kapoor’s style mantra during her initial years was about wearing a pair of jeans with a t-shirt and large belts which did not do much for her plump figure. What added to her woes was the voluminous hairdo, a bulging waistline and a host of flops – all of which only severely dampened her standing in the fashion scene.
Adding fuel to the already burning fire, she went ahead and bleached her hair and continued to wear it proudly for many more months to come. What made it more unsightly was the volume and layers which just did not complement her strong jawline and the gaudy outfits she was seen in. This was also the phase where she was suffering one setback after another in terms of her movies and it appeared as if she was poised to be the next big target of critics in both the film and the fashion industry.
Kareena Kapoor’s style file and career graph both started looking up with Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Gham. If there is one image of Kareena Kapoor that is etched in most minds, it is that of her in hot red leather pants in the movie. Manish Malhotra worked his magic on her in the movie and gave her character ‘Poo’ a glamourous makeover. Her look in the movie sent ripples across the fashion industry and was the talk of the town for a long time.
Jab We Met was a career milestone for Kareena in terms of critical acclaim and commercial success. The movie also marked an important phase in Kareena Kapoor’s style journey. Her sleek hair, kitschy Indo-western outfits and confident demeanour caught the imagination of young women across the country. Her clothes and body language mirrored the spirited Jeet that she portrayed in the movie that went on to win her accolades and establish her as an actor to reckon with.
While she had already lost a lot of her flab in Jab We Met, Kareena showed off her newly acquired ‘Size Zero’ look in a super hot swimsuit sequence in Tashan. She received praises and brickbrats in equal measure for being a flagbearer for size zero. Her vital statistics became the talk of the town and everybody was rushing to her for fitness advice. With her flab taken care of, Kareena started paying more attention to the way she dressed and started scoring with the fashion critics with one fabulous appearance after another.
Kareena Kapoor’s style took a backseat for a while when some critics started bashing her for setting a bad example with her size zero. The actor herself confessed that she was told that she had become ‘too thin’ as a result of which she went on to put on some pounds to reach an ideal weight and shape. She now loves playing dress up, wears Indian and foreign designer labels with elan and carries every look with so much elegance that she deserves the label of style diva that has been bestowed on her. From dark kohl lined eyes, flaunting block printed skirts to wearing chunky oxidised jewellery, she has gone on to set many trends through her looks that are a rage among Indian women.
With a relaxed and casual approach towards fashion, Kareena Kapoor’s style is an inspiration to young women. Her metamorphosis is a thing of wonder and bears testimony to the fact that with some effort, style is not difficult to achieve. She is now the face of many big brands, has graced many a magazine covers and has been the showstopper at various fashion shows, thanks to her standing as a fashionista with a following.
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