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  1. Social and Style at | | Reply

    I am so in love with this cover! So natural and beautiful. Perfection.

  2. LM at | | Reply

    I LOVE Harper’s Baazar Bride covers. They are always unique and more importantly they don’t over edit their photographs.
    Nupur Mehta is doing a bang up job!

  3. payal at | | Reply

    Picture perfect.

  4. donkey at | | Reply

    Absolutely gorgeous. Lovely colours including her skin tone.

  5. BelliniGirl at | | Reply

    Woot Woot! One of the best covers in recent times! <3

  6. Working Womanista at | | Reply

    Woa! Love it. Super cover and so happy to see a cover where the person is not whitewashed and overly photo shopped.

  7. Sharnali at | | Reply

    Kudos for keeping Bollywood out of Fashion magazine for once!

  8. kasthuri at | | Reply

    Amazing cover. So nice to take a brown skinned model and let her be brown and not photoshop that lovely skin colour away. We need more of this.

  9. Pune Diva at | | Reply

    very 80s look ! not impressive

  10. Aradhana at | | Reply

    It’s a great cover! Rather reminiscent of Nidhi Sunil on the cover of Marie Claire India’s last bridal issue though.

    1. Jiminywiminy at | | Reply

      Wow well spotted! Dare I say though that this is a tad better because of the details.

  11. Avani at | | Reply

    And this is how traditionally most of the Indian (or whatever the race was called before that) women looked like draping long cloth without a blouse and flowers. And prior to that topless. :P Now they make a big fuss about a blouse , when the blouse was in itself a British compulsion on the women to make them look “modest”. LOL! She looks good and I love the touch of Thiruman Srichurnam hinting at the Vaishnavism. ;)

    1. Diya Patel at | | Reply

      Dalit women were forced to go topless…Blouse wasn’t a British invention. Before colonialism, there was caste in the Subcontinent and as old as the Hindu scriptures.

      1. Avani at | | Reply

        Ancient times they only had a tube top (Kacha) and a skirt (still you can see many women in Kerala in such attire just a thorthu (towel) over the blouse. No covering the bosom. Then came the long cloth (sari) which served as a two piece covering garment (without blouse). Agree about the lower caste going topless and being mentioned in old scriptures. In Kerala even the higher caste women (and in many other states too) didn’t wear a blouse until the 1930’s(I think), the upper caste women can obviously wear and afford jewelry which was used to cover the bosom but never used a blouse. Blouse was mostly brought in by the British Victorian thoughts AFAIK and my readings on it.

        1. diya at | | Reply

          Thanks, Avani. I will look into it more. Most of my (very new) knowledge about caste and casteist violence comes from Ambedkarite scholars, but caste practices is not sthing I am familiar with (not Indian, nor Hindu and grew up in diaspora). Have read about how recent parading Dalit women naked was rampant (and of course there are ex found even in contemporary times). I will look into it more.

          1. Avani at |

            No worries. :) I would encourage you to read up on it. I did quite a bit of reading while in my sophomore year when my American friends were quite curious about Indian languages, culture and heritage ( contradictory nature of the past, religion, caste system, different races and also comparing it to the so called “conservative” present that Indians try to portray ) and I got fascinated enough to do my own readings on it. Didn’t want to say random things because I knew what we learn of Indian history in Indian schools are just an eye wash and mostly are not even close to the actual facts.

      2. Venus at | | Reply

        Ya i remember my mom telling me the same thing, that ladies started wearing blouse after the british came to our part of the country (south west india) . Till then it was only saree no blouse.

    2. Puneeta M Uchil at | | Reply

      Avani,

      Bang On. The elaborate blouse with sleeves, tacks on the front and the back came in only with the British influence and also with the import of the sewing machine, until then everything was handstictched and it is difficult to (hand)craft blouses out of thin cotton that fit your upper half in the snug way that most blouses today do.

      I grew up in a somewhat rural part of Karnataka and saw many old women wearing sarees without blouses (or even skirts!!)- for them the saree was a one piece garment.

      All this hoo-ha over “one boob show” type comments would just not fly with those women. They had major side boob and didn’t give a damn :D

  12. Desimom at | | Reply

    Wow !!! Love the cover !!!!

  13. BlueBells at | | Reply

    +100000 to all the comments praising this cover. Just like everyone I’m so happy to see a MODEL on the cover of fashion magazines. Colours are happy & vibrant. Love the skin tone of the model.

  14. begumbrown at | | Reply

    Gorgeous. Great cover.

  15. prep-y at | | Reply

    I am so attracted to the color of the sari! And very aesthetically done and well thought out cover!!

  16. Ali at | | Reply

    Wow! Commendable indeed.

  17. Unda Murgi at | | Reply

    Simple yet stunning.

  18. Jiminywiminy at | | Reply

    I’m surprised no one picked up on it, but am also glad it’s NOT a lehenga. Not every bride is a Punjabi, and about time the diversity of India got represented properly.

    1. ChutneyChameli at | | Reply

      I was just going to say that. Tired of seeing magazine after magazine with indistinguishable opulent lehengas presented in photos with a large group of models staring sullenly at the camera, all dressed in similar colours. Would love to see a 9-yard saree too sometime – there are several gorgeous drapes in India! :)
      This cover is gorgeous – love the saree.
      Could someone identify the necklace?

    2. PatakhaGuddi at | | Reply

      You know Punjabi brides wear saris too right? Lehengas are not a “Punjabi” thing and Sari is not a “non-Punjabi” thing. Punjabi brides traditionally wore salwar kameezes (still do), shararas, lachas and ghararas..so yeah!!!

      1. Jiminywiminy at | | Reply

        You have completely missed the point :/. Never mind, I’m sure other peeps got it.

    3. Melange at | | Reply

      +1

  19. Oddjig at | | Reply

    Its a really artfully done cover. very striking. Her skin looks amazing

  20. kimayaan at | | Reply

    that necklace is a big no no but its a beautiful cover.

  21. shwetha at | | Reply

    The cover is somewhat disturbing for me, she looks like a child bride…beautiful cover and unexpected styling that blew me away.

  22. Puneeta M Uchil at | | Reply

    What a gorgeous gorgeous cover. I am in love with that saree. Did not know Rajesh PRatap Singh does such beautiful sarees. The jewelry the hair, the forehead design- all gorgeous and striking!

  23. PatakhaGuddi at | | Reply

    This is a gorgoeous cover. Love it. Love the colors of the sari, the background colors and the jewelry as well. And the flowers in the hair are the icing on the cake. I would wear this sari in a heart beat

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