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Indian Models are a Healthy Lot

As the western supermodels are paying fatally to keep thin, the Indian fashion fraternity says the insistence here is a well-grown body that suits the sari or the lehenga and the// models must keep healthy.

"Indian models are a healthy lot", they say, and, are away from harm's way.

The recent death of 21-year-old Brazilian supermodel Anna Carolina Reston due to anorexia, an eating disorder, and 22-year-old Luisel Ramos because of a heart attack, owing to sudden loss of 12 kilos, sent shock waves across the fashion industry.

Six months after Ramos collapsed during a fashion show, her 18-year-old sister too died Tuesday, apparently due to malnutrition. The latest death has fired another round of discussion of how models are starving themselves in a bid to look glamorous.

But back home, the Indian fashion circle is quite relieved that the scenario is much better here. "Our models are quite healthy. This is mainly because an Indian attire like the sari or the lehenga demands a fuller body," fashion designer Jattin Kochhar told IANS.

Couturist Ritu Kumar echoes his thoughts. "Our tradition favors voluptuousness. It's weird that designers use anorexic models to display their clothes, which are then marketed for real women. I prefer a full-bodied model to a reed thin one."

Fashion designer Manish Arora also dismisses the idea that Indian models are too thin. "I think they are very proportionate."

Kochhar goes to the extent of saying that one has to "see the amount these models can gorge!"

On a more serious note, he says: "In fact I think the younger girls need to tone up and lose a few inches, which is healthy, and not lose weight."

While designers working on the Indian couture might want a 'full-bodied' model, those designing western prêt prefer a tall, athletic figure with a lean bustline. Arora for instance designs clothes for a smaller frame.

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