With the 2014 Lok Sabha General Elections fast approaching, politicians are taking all the necessary efforts to woo the common man. Apart from an image makeover, what our powerful woman in the Indian politics needs is a serious fashion and style change. For example, take a look at Hina Rabbani Khar, Foreign Minister of our neighbouring country Pakistan, or Queen Rania Al Abdullah of Jordan – they are so chic and glamorous! We take a look at the top 5 Indian female politicians who are in need of a dire change in style.
Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) Chief Mayawati or ‘Behenji’ – as she is lovingly called by her followers and the media – is our first fashion victim. And it looks like the former CM of Uttar Pradesh has taken the tag pretty seriously, as she dresses up as one! She is usually seen in off-whites, plains and on special occasions dressed in baby pinks! Ouch.
Fashion Tip: With the short chopped hair, try sporting denims with kurtas along with half-jackets. We think it is high time to ditch that airy salwar-kameez for something more happening.
2. Mamata Banerjee
Representing woman power in India is our West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee. But we think she too falls in the category of plain-Janes, as she is always seen wearing a white saree with blue or green borders.
Fashion Tip: A little use of colour will definitely lighten up the general atmosphere in her party. As she is inclined towards wearing sarees, she could try wearing the drapes with handloom borders. It would look just fine on ‘Didi’.
3. J. Jayalalithaa
The Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu and former actress is an avid collector of shoes (remember the raid which revealed her collection of 750 shoes?), but it’s high time to let go of the monotone sarees – be it her favourite ox-blood or grey.
Fashion Tip: Try the multi-coloured drapes by artistic duo Thukral & Tagra. They are best at the use of colours, as they recently did brilliant work with Kareena Kapoor for Vogue India magazine cover.
4. Uma Bharti
She is truly the most loyal party member of BJP, as she has made the party colour saffron her colour – literally all the time. So it would be quite a task to ask this claimed sanyasi-cum-leader to ditch the orange. How about using some extreme variations of saffron?
Fashion Tip: If not the colour, try changing the fabric of the cloth to a satin or chiffon. And the forehead tilak could be reduced to a bare minimum, as it makes her look like she’s always in a revolutionary mode.
5. Rabri Devi
This former Bihar Chief Minister is another classic case of being in no-fashion zone. She is quite the saree-clad politician who looks a demure shadow in front of her husband and former Bihar CM himself, Lalu Prasad Yadav. It would be an exciting affair to see Rabri Devi let her hair down – not literally, but in terms of a makeover.
Fashion Tip: Wear more coordinated clothes; try matching the accessories or the sweaters with the sarees.
We suggest these women politicians should make sure to surprise the audience this General Elections. And nothing better than starting with a pleasing personality!