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Contents 2012 SPECIAL|issue 50



38 Celeb Style Awards The graceful & the tasteless

25 classic trends The styles that never go out of fashion

60 the official asian woman big 50 Women we admire, women we love

27 MUST MUMBAI Bollywood hits the high street

66 little miss popular How to bring out your inner diva 67 back in the black How to manage your money 74 pretty little liars Could you tell if your man was lying? 78 dirty minds What goes on behind open minds?

29 TECH TALK What’s app with DJ Neev 31 SUGAR RUSH Pick ‘n mix this season’s bags & shoes 33 MOTHER KNOWS BEST Pearls of wisdom from mummy dearest 35 SLIM PICKINGS The lightweight way to shed the pounds

90 50 under 50 Beauty essentials on a budget


111 the fabulous 4-week bikini body plan Beach confidence is just a month away

42 50 cHANEL LOOKS From Paris to Bombay on the runway

146 sari nights Glam up your eveningwear

45 fashion guru Marni Kaur’s hot tips for the summer


Fabu0lous 5

p197-213 on our look back te ra b le e c e w ere our Join us as oman. What w W n ia s A f s o 12 years Which star ha s? a p x u fa d n a s fashion highs ost? What wa m e th rs e v o c an graced our moment in Asi t n a rt o p im t the mos ore days we all w e th h A ? ty u bea ned to black and liste bhangra...

48 we will not be silenced Women leading the global uprising 50 living on a prayer Abused by her Imam 53 news junkie Why Britain’s youths are living in fear 54 the secret secretary Could you work in a lapdancing club? 57 token white girl The fuss over the TOWIE girls in AW…


contents SUCCESS 65 finding your fabulous Our It Girl Thara shows you how



68 are you logged on? Your dream job is a click away



89 beauty notes The hottest trends of summer 92 in full shade Finding the right foundation


94 how do i get… Flawless skin

116 trend injection Style for your summer lifestyle

95 meet your match Shades to suit your tone

122 we’ve got it covered Modern looks for the modest woman

96 beauty Q & A All your beauty woes solved

124 six yards of style Hire the sari of your dreams

97 britain’s got talons Nail it with a good manicure

126 FROM FASHION WITH LOVE Indian couture comes to town

98 tried & tested The best hair mask treatment

128 behind the seams Secrets of the fashion gurus

99 aSIAN WOMAN look book Our guide to the essential trends of summer

136 sparkles of the season The most dazzling gems of summer 139 get styled Like a celebrity

107 picture perfect Master the art of beauty

141 AW Loves Our pick of summer’s must-buys

109 health news Your wellbeing is in good hands

156 stepping out in style Get the cover look

110 the clinic The doctor will see you now


112 eat yourself beautiful Get slim by getting stuffed!

178 food Who’s hungry?



71 can i ask you something? Find out what guys really think

80 love hurts Relationship problems sorted 81 21st century daughter-inlaw Why having kids can wait


192 50 places to see… Before the world ends!

20 mailbox 63 subscriptions 185 scene 221 stockists 222 horoscopes

76 do it like a dude The manly way to deal with break-ups

84 better date than ever How to find love online

182 HOME STYLE Inspired by celebs


72 you’ve got male Four wise men on the hot seat

82 untrue romance Because life isn’t like Bollywood

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. 2012

EDITOR-IN-CHIEF J Wimal GUEST EDITOR Shihab Salim EDITORIAL Features Editor: Kia Abdullah Features Writer: Sheeffah Shiraz Beauty Editor: Sami Rahman Fashion Co-ordinator: Rachael Elliott Retoucher: Kasum Shaffi ADVERTISING Commercial Manager: Trevor Jayakody Sales Team Leader: Ricky Chera Sales Executive: Cleo Davis CONTRIBUTORS Farah Ahmed, Natasha Asghar, Saran Attariwala, Nicolas Aujula, Pedro Carvalho, Bal Chohan, Cleo Davis, Sasha Gill, Shay Grewal, Marni Kaur, Zohra Moledina, Thara Prashad, James Preece, Mohammad Qazalbash, Nina Ubhi PHOTOGRAPHY Kasum Shaffi, Paul West PUBLISHERS Managing Director: J Wimal Operations: Alex Kelberman

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Editor’s letter


’d always felt British first and Asian a close second, but I’ll never forget the feelings of familiarity and cultural pride that swelled within me as I thumbed the pages of Asian Woman – the brand new ‘brown and proud’ glossy. Twelve years later, I am honoured to be here today to lead this trailblazing phenomenon as we celebrate her 50th edition. This issue pays tribute to Asian Woman’s groundbreaking origins with indulgent lashings of fashion, as per the original recipe. From our Sari Special (p146), showcasing the classic exotic elegance that’s had Asian Woman flying off the shelves since issue one, to our modern day USP: cutting-edge designer couture, hot off the catwalks of India and Pakistan (157). So despite our popular, sometimes controversial, but always talked about reputation for celebrity covers in recent years, we thought it would be a fitting homage to the magazine by reverting to the traditional template: beautiful model, wearing spectacular Asian fashion. (Granted, it’s five beautiful models but we wouldn’t be Asian Woman if we didn’t keep striving to outdo ourselves.) As well as our brilliant Beauty Lookbook (p99), you’ll love our pick of the top 50 beauty buys under £50 (p90) – the current economic climate doesn’t mean you have to look like your face is in recession! In keeping with the Top 50 theme, you’ll find our feature on the 50 must-see sights and destinations leaves you itching to book a flight, and as lists go, there’s sure to be a lot of discussion over our aptlynamed Big 50 (p60). Following hours of research, discussion, heated debate and hysterical giggles (standard practice at Asian Woman HQ), the team (together with some close friends in the industry) have compiled our official list of the 50 greatest Asian women to have done us proud in our lifetime. Whittling down to 50 was no mean feat, but considering the exponential rate at which Asian women are succeeding in every corner of society, it’s good to have more than less when it comes to choosing the most worthy. The feature I’m proudest of has to be our Fabulous 50 retrospective special (p197). It was always going to be a monumental task looking back and summarising a dozen years of Asian fashion, celebrity, events and achievements. There was only one man up to the job. We are very privileged this issue to be joined by one of the original masterminds behind Asian Woman, my predecessor and long time idol, Shihab Salim, who guest edited this milestone edition and gives us a fascinating and nostalgic inventory of Asian success to date. The Asian Woman story so far is a reflection of how far we as a society have come. You, the reader, have achieved and will continue to reach new heights and we will continue to shine a light and celebrate your greatness. In the face of all this, I am humbled. After months of hard work and long hours with my spectacular team, the 50th edition of Asian Woman is here. Enjoy.

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It was hard to move to an iPhone after years of being hooked on my beloved BBM. Thanks to WhatsApp, I don’t have to go without that instant fix with my mates!

iMaschine 4 This app is great

for all budding musicians – it allows you to record your own samples and edit them into the track. It’s also great for adding effects and samples to a live DJ mix. I’ve been known to make a tune on the tube to work!

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My favourite game – you use a sword to slice fruit! Simple but satisfying, trust me!



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I often DJ at Nike’s Women’s Fitness events. This app means you have a personal trainer in your pocket. You can monitor your calorie intake, time and follow set workouts.


I’d probably be lost on the way to some gig right now if it wasn’t for this. It’s easy to follow and I now use this app more than my Sat Nav.


A full music production suite in your pocket. It even exports CD quality audio and directly uploads to SoundCloud..


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style AWARDS

ylish & tasteless our homage to the MOST st starlets to have graced the red carpet BEST DRESSED FEMALE: Sonam Kapoor Style chameleon Sonam is always mixing things up. Be it elegant, demure, sexy or edgy, she always gets it right.

ONE TO WATCH: Anushka Sharma Our newest crush, we’ve seen Anushka’s style hugely evolve over the last year. We can’t wait to see her fashion choices over the next few years.

SEXIEST DRESSER: Malaika Arora Khan If there’s one actress sure to turn heads it’s Malaika. She always manages to look sexy without crossing the line to trashy.

SHAPING BEST DRESSED MALE: Imran Khan UP NICELY: Handsome, smart and quirky, Ranbir Imran nails the fun-loving GQ Kapoor Man look every time.

He came onto the scene looking like his uncle dressed him, but Ranbir has since found his own style and very dapper he is with it too.

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e l a m t o g e ’v u o Y

Style savant Marni Kaur of Bibi London fashion boutique casts her eye on this season’s trends


hile the western runways work on palettes of pastels or neons, we’re celebrating a fabulous summer of colour. This season Indian and Pakistani runways are bursting with chromatic goodness as the mixes and clashes become ever more beautiful. There is one word that sums up what is ‘now’ in Pakistan: Lawn. The term refers to a thin, lightweight cotton fabric used to make salwar-kameez, the loose-fitting tunic and trouser suits so beloved in South Asia, especially in Pakistan where it is the national dress. With the most prestigious of designers now creating summer collections in lawn, you’ll even find examples in the UK high street. Tussles are not an unfamiliar sight as customers scramble to snag the most coveted designer prints. Vogue magazine recently compared it to a rugby scrum! With brands such as Maria B, HSY,

Sana Safiz and Kamier and Rokni creating magical prints, every girl can now own a designer piece. These Pakistani evening wear and bridal collections are still focusing on long line tops with lengha skirts or full maxi dresses, but be aware: unless these have exceptional cuts they can often add a few extra pounds to even the most svelte figure. Over in India, the runways seem to be awash with traditional embroideries and fantastic experimentations with textiles. Anarkalis are all about flowing fabrics and the lengha or lengha choli seems to be everywhere right now – a popular option for guests as well as brides. What’s noticable is the absence of Swarovski work both in India and Pakistan. Whilst our retailers in the UK are focused on the ’bling’, it seems that crystals are far from the sub-continent couturiers’ minds. So start asking mums and aunties about Zardozi, Dhabka and Gotta – retro seems the way forward

For the woman looking for outfits that exude confidence and glamour, there’s never been a better time to shop for the modern fashionista. Zardosi is exquisite hand embroidery used by designers such as Shyamal and Bhumika, Rohit Bal and Sabyasachi Mukherjee. Dhabka is a very detailed type of needlework and a thread called zari is often used. And Gotta is an applique technique that originates in Rajastan and fabric used for it is often a metallic silver or gold (you can see retro examples in our fashion retrospective on p208). It’s interesting to flick through this issue’s look-back on fashion to appreciate just how much choice there is out there. Asian clothing in the UK has come a long way since 1960’s and 70’s where rayon was all the rage. Today, for

any woman looking for outfits that exude confidence, comfort and glamour, there’s never been a better time to shop!


Shapes and shades: A lot of dresses out there are A-line cut from the underarms. Consider going for something slightly more fitted on the bust area. These shapes work on the runway but can result in horrible Facebook pictures! Long sleeved blouses: For girls who want to cover up for religious reasons or those looking for an alternative to the ‘normal’ blouse. A long sleeved sari blouse with a boat neck or a long sleeved blouse with a puff sleeve can be modest, sexy and ultra trendy. Florals and lace: Huge with designers in India and Pakistan, the combination is ideal for a summer wedding in the UK (umbrellas not included!) My personal favorite is Neeta Lulla’s love affair with Chantilly lace – ethereal and timeless. Anarkali: Here to stay! Now with a wider choice of borders as the focal point – metallic, colourful and even clashing. Sari: It always seems like stating the obvious while praising the glorious whole six yards, but this summer, saris have had another makeover – I’m loving the animal print or lace varieties. Dare to be different: The most important accessory of any fashionista! And that doesn’t always mean making the bold step to go over the top. This year, the trend is actually daring to tone things down. I’m seeing things like the fusion maxi being replaced by a return to more classic styles. I recently went to my friend’s walima in a very traditional old-style Salwar Kameez by Shyamal and Bhumika and it went down a storm. If you are going to go retro go all the way!


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Don’t be a show-off “Bragging about how much you earn and who you’re friends with rarely impresses. In fact, it usually does the opposite” RKZ

Little Miss Popular Our star singers share their tips on how to make sure you shine in the limelight


Don’t project an artificial image

“If you try to act like someone you’re not, people see through it straight away. Be confident in who you are. As they say: real recognises real” Arjun


Be a peacock!


“Wear something outlandish – it makes you stand out, plus it’s easier for admirers to say, ‘I love your hat’, than ‘Hi, er, come here often?’ People are attracted to those unafraid to express themeselves” Romy Shay

Don’t take yourself too seriously

“Life is an adventure – so enjoy every moment. The ‘Kee’ is to maintain a good balance” Kee



Be humble

”Being arrogant about yourself or your achievements never wins you new friends. It’s better to ask questions and take an interest in the answers that you get.” Raxstar


Make it happen

“No one is going to help you until you help yourself. Good things come to those who wait, but not to those who hesitate” Roach Killa


“Realise your own ambitions your own way. There’s no sense of satisfaction to be had from fashioning yourself on somebody else’s shadow” Kiran Dhanoa


Confidence is everything “I’m drawn to people who believe in themselves and their ability, as as long it’s based on substance and not delusion” Abbas Hasan


Relate, relate, relate

Be who you were born to be


Never change for anyone

“There’s never harm in adapting to those around you, but don’t try to please everyone. Remember: friends are people you tell stories to; best friends are people who are in those stories” Tasha Tah

“Establish your own identity, but also be open to ideas and look for common ground with new people. I’m influenced by strong-minded people who aren’t afraid of taking risks and can communicate with passion” Kazz Kumar

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ASK THE MEN Real men talk love, sex and flirting WHY MEN CHEAT And how to stop them straying

Can I

ask you something

time to find out what guys really think

t never ceases to mystify us. There we’ll be, working ourselves into a complex labyrinth of over-analysis where every solution to our problems invites in a another endless stream of issues, when we happen to notice a man dealing with pretty much the same dilemma with a response so simple you wonder if he might be retarded. We know they’re not stupid – men are rather famous for deep thinking and problem solving, as philosophy and science will testify. So how is it they always seem to be so one-dimensional in their thought process when it comes to the things that really matter? Like walking into a shop and walking out with an item of clothing in less than ten minutes... without even trying it on!

Maybe they’re onto something. After all, there is a part of us that’s envious of their ability to shrug their shoulders and accept things, their minds free from worrying about what someone might be saying about them, trying to work through their feelings, or making lists of things to do. Whereas we’ll take something as simple as lunch with a complex equation like: ‘I’m hungry + need to watch my figure x have to look my best for Kiran’s wedding ÷ haven’t been to the gym this week x that chocolate cake I had last night = a tuna salad’, they settle the matter thus: ‘hungry = want burger.’ How do they do it? There’s only one way to find out. Ask them. In the following pages, we’ve rounded up a group of men to find out exactly what they think and let’s see if we can all learn something...

DO IT LIKE A DUDE The manly way to deal with a break-up LOVE HURTS The woman’s way of solving issues 21st CENTURY DAUGHTER-IN-LAW On the pressure to have children UNTRUE ROMANCE If only life was like a Bollywood romance BETTER DATE THAN EVER A dating guru speaks…


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t was once held true that a man cheated because his partner wasn’t sexy enough. But when it happens to the stunning likes of Deepika Padukone, Shilpa Shetty and Raveena Tandon, we have to wonder: what is wrong with these men? The answers to explain male infidelity are varied – some obvious, others more complex. The most common ‘get-out’ clause is that cheating is in a man’s


p n we sto a c – y l t an e import

genes, but therapist Dr Massimo Stocchi ( says that all men have a choice as to whether they want to cheat or not and that women can indeed safeguard against cheating “by gaining a better understanding of how men relate to ideas of intimacy, family and what it means for them to be in a relationship.” Here’s why they say they do it…

To stroke his ego

PROBLEM: “I’ve had my fair share of girls,” admits self-confessed flirt Raj Kausal, 28. “I’m in a long-term relationship, but if a hot girl wanted to take things further, it’d be hard to resist.”


Raj’s sentiments illustrate two of the main reasons why men stray: to feed their egos and prove that they ‘still have it’. A virile man needs to know that he is attractive to the opposite sex so when he finds a woman who shows an interest, he will lap up the flattery. Or as Shakil puts it: “You can’t be accused of hunting if it lands on your plate!”

SOLUTION: Relationship expert Sam Ambreen says: “After being together for a long time, it’s easy to forget your other half needs to be reminded he’s still got what it takes. Men who flirt like the attention, but not all flirts cheat – unless feeling insecure about their once-mighty prowess. If you make him feel like an alpha male, he’s less likely to seek that feeling of empowerment elsewhere.”

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uilt from the simple desire of one makeup artist to find the ‘perfect foundation’, BECCA has built up a cult following on a global scale over the past decade. Driven by its founder Rebecca Morrice-Williams’ ethos to ‘celebrate beautiful skin in every shade’, BECCA is now fast becoming the cosmetic choice for Asian women everywhere from Ilford to India. Along with her business partner – marketing guru Steven Schapera – Morrice-Williams developed an unparalleled shade range known for the quality and high performance of the products, which have won countless prestigious industry awards and accolades over the years. With a staggering 34 shades of concealer, the brand works beautifully on all skin tones due to the accuracy of the shades in the range, thereby avoiding the often ashy or overly pink effect of incorrect colour on darker skin. While recently cosmetics giants have only just waded into the unchartered territory of darker skin foundations, BECCA has already established itself as the ‘go-to expert’ brand, guaranteeing a perfectlymatched, natural-looking finish – from the lightest alabasters to the darkest of chocolate tones. A hugely popular brand in India, BECCA’s CEO Schapera enthuses: “India is an exciting place for us; makeup is an intrinsic and ancient part of Indian culture, the women are sophisticated, educated – and beautiful… By forging new relationships with Bollywood icons such as Natasha Mago we’re gaining a clearer insight into the wonderful workings of the Asian woman.” Which can only mean good news for the rest of us!




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VISIT BECCA A recent refurbishment at the plush flagship store in London’s South Kensington – known as the BECCA Boutique – has seen the company expand to include a working studio, a makeup academy, and a beauty room, making it a veritable Mecca for all things beauty. The luxe haven is an exclusive onestop destination for professional beauty help, with the best treatments, makeup applications, bridal services and lessons available in London. The brand prides itself on the quality of its staff; all highly experienced freelance makeup artists providing the best of bespoke customer service in the business. • BECCA London 91A Pelham Street London, SW7 2NJ t: 020 7225 2501 w:



“The whole philosophy of BECCA is about creating a natural, flawless look. It’s really about skin looking amazing; everything else is secondary.” Rebecca Morrice-Williams, Founder BECCA Cosmetics 2012 SPECIAL ASIAN WOMAN | 93


2012 nail trends

3D nails

Britain’s got


Nothing says ‘sophisticated’, promises Nail expert Nazila Malik, quite like a good manicure


ith the downturn sparking cutbacks and job losses everywhere it seems that women are curtailing spending on all luxuries but one: beauty – nails to be specific. Dubbed the new affordable luxury, manicures have become the indulgence of choice over extravagant holidays and designer clothes. Nazila Malik, founder of Nazila Love Glamour, has set up a gel polish range to cater to the growing market. “My background was in Mental Health and Family Law but after my third child I decided to get into the beauty industry,” says Nazila. “I was working in a salon that did gel nails but noticed that they had a very limited colour range. This spurred me on to create my own line of gel nail polish and now we have a collection of 195 colours.” Nazila’s gel polish contains a special formulation that allows nails to set in less than half the time of usual gel nails: “Gel manicures usually take 40 minutes but with our system you can do

three sets within one hour. It’s super fast with no base coat drying time.” Nazila plans to expand her nail empire in 2012 with celebrity endorsements and new lines in her stick-on nails collection. Speaking about the unprecedented popularity of beauty treatments, Nazila says: “Nails can make you instantly feel better about yourself. It can be very therapeutic.”


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Nazila’s innovative 3D stick-on nails are a must! There are 17 statement styles to choose from and can be used up to four times. The Great Britain themed nails in honour of the Olympics is a huge hit – celeb fans include Made in Chelsea star Binky Felstead and Amanda Holden who wore her GB Rocks Nail Glitz to the Britain’s Got Talent semi-finals. Nail Glitz 3D nails in Clandestine £29.99

DIY kits No time to visit the salon? There are now DIY nail kits available for purchase. “We’ve launched a home kit for customers who want to try gel nails for themselves,” says Nazila. ”It consists of seven colours and a mini lamp.” Nazila LED gel pen kit £59.99

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Master this season’s hottest beauty trends with tips from the industry’s finest...

NEON POP This look is vibrant and fun. The eclectic mix of colours means that skin should remain matte with very little blusher. To get a multicoloured eye begin with the lightest shades, gradually blending in the darker tones. Dab a canary yellow eyeshadow to the outer corner of your eye and blend out. Then apply an orange shade to the middle of your eyelid. Finish by applying a fuchsia pink to the outer corner and blend the colours together to avoid harsh lines. To balance the bright colours finish with a bright coral lip. Keep hair simple by adding height to the crown and slicking the rest back. Finally fix in place with Kirby grips. • Faiza Haroon t: 07967 544 326 | e: w: Facebook: Shimmer Hair and Beauty MUA


EAT yourself L U F I T U A E B Forget fad diets. You can get the body you’ve always dreamed of, advises dietician Saran Attariwala, by stuffing your face!


Slim and Trim

Eating the right foods can easily boost your metabolism, reduce feelings of sluggishness, lethargy, bloating or constipation and help the body to efficiently use calories, making digestive processes more efficient. • Spice it up: Research shows that spicy foods exert a thermogenic effect on your body (heats it up). Therefore as your body works to cool it down it burns more calories. Try making chilli and

cayenne pepper a regular ingredient when cooking. • Speed up: Eating refined carbs and sugars can cause your metabolism to become sluggish and less efficient. Speed it up by eating more wholegrain, low fat dairy foods and vegetables. • Go green: Renowned for its high antioxidant properties is green tea. Combined with caffeine it can increase calorie burning, which boosts metabolic rate significantly, helping with gradual weight loss.

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(clockwise from top) PINK pearl trimmed headscarf Worn over a pink and white striped blouse and silver and black sequinned shrug, the perfect day-to-night outfit; BLACK AND WHITE RUFFLE-TRIMMED HEADSCARF Worn over a white, silk blouse. Complete this look with a pair of on-trend, printed palazzo pants and colourful wedges.; black bow-tie headscarf Worn over a white lace blouse for a sophisticated office look; BLACK AND WHITE RUFFLE-TRIMMED HEADSCARF Worn over a white silk blouse and paired with a black blazer to really impress at that all-important meeting.


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Rai carpet: Aishwarya shines in the limelight

e’ve all heard the one about how people judge you within 30 seconds of meeting you. Much of it is based on body language and the tone of your voice, but more than anything, it’s the way you present yourself. While perfecting the right physical grace and articulation can take years of fine-tuning social skills, dressing the part is one thing you can achieve instantly. Hiring a personal stylist will not only ensure you choose clothes that fit your physique and personality to perfection, but it also guaranteed to raise your confidence level – after all, what could make a girl feel more like a celebrity than having her own personal dresser? Whatever your age bracket, price range or confidence level, a killer outfit is the best weapon a girl out to impress can have. For those who feel their fashion sense needs updating or resigned to thinking dressing up is a thing of the past for

DRESSING FOR YOUR SHAPE There are five main body shapes. Hourglass and Pear are discussed below. Look out for Apple, Rectangle and Inverted Triangle next issue...

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Celeb examples: Aishwarya Rai, Sridevi, Amisha Patel

Celeb examples: Rekha, Hema Malini, Katrina Kaif

This look comprises a well-defined waist paired with good balance between the bust and hips. Dress to follow your natural silhouette and emphasise your curves. Show off the waist with wrap dresses or belts. Dresses should be structured with vertical panels that skim the body – shift dresses work very well. Ensure that trousers are tapered. Mid-rise trousers in dark colours will work well. Avoid baggy clothes and ensure good bra support. Scooped or V-necks look great on the hourglass. The hemline is important: it should finish just above knee or only just below it. With regards to skirts, opt for pencil, fishtails and mermaid style. Straight and fishtail lenghas work well while sari blouses should be fitted, strapless (or with thin straps if you have a large bust) and a scooped or V-neck.

This is where the hips, thighs and bottom are bigger than the top. The aim here is to balance your top half with your bottom half. Create detail at the top with jewellery, scarves or shoulder detail (e.g. cap sleeves, pleats, off the shoulders). Go for neutral bottoms in block colour and trousers with a flare or kick bottom to divert the eye. Wear a jacket to draw attention to the top half, but beware of the length. It should go past the hips or end just above them; not sit on them. Plunging necklines elongate the body and a dramatic necklace will draw Ritu Kumar the eye upwards. Opt for A-line at WILLS or flare skirts and dresses. Lifestyle India Lenghas should be A-line or Fashion straight; never fishtail or tight. Week Churidar is okay as long as the kameez covers the hips. Sari blouses should be strapless and have attention on shoulders and detail on the bust.

them, your stylist will be there to remind you just how satisfying wearing the right clothes to befit any occasion can be. As well as keeping you in touch with all the latest trends and offer ideas on how to incorporate vintage ideas into your whole look, a stylist will accommodate changes in your body shape and, most importantly, inject the necessary confidence required to carry it off. A reputable stylist can also offer help with selecting that all-important wedding outfit and bridal trousseau, ideas for makeup and accessories, and advice on how to put western and Asian looks together. A stylist is also essential for the woman on the go who simply doesn’t have the time to shop around. Because a stylist will get to know your style and personality, she can do all the browsing and shopping for you. Meaning all you have to do is step into your fabuolous new look in effortless style.


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Dhami good: H-Dhami swears by the atmosphere and flavours of Kaniz

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Photographs by Rooful Ali

Kaniz touch: Rishi Rich (above); make-up maestro & kitchen queen Kaniz Ali booking in regular celeb diners (left)

On the Kazz: Kazz Kumar outside her favourite restaurant

Weak at the Kaniz Why celebs and foodies go mad for Kaniz Restaurant


n an age of Michelin stars and haute cuisine, we expect our food to not just taste gorgeous but look beautiful too. Luckily for us, Kaniz Ali is an expert with both. The much-revered celebrity make-up artist launched her very own restaurant in 2011, taking her celebrity clientele with her, boasting a décor just as intricate and beautiful as the brides she creates on a weekly basis. The luxurious interior is reminiscent of an Arabian boudoir, all plush seating, sumptuous chandeliers and hot splashes of colour amid a darker, more sensual palette. Thankfully, there is much substance beneath the style. Staff members are welcoming and knowledgeable,


and more than happy to recommend dishes to suit your mood. After being recommended the venue by stars such as Rishi Rich, H Dhami and Kazz Kumar, we put the most important aspect of any eaterie to the test: the food. We ordered a Shami Kebab and the Tandoori Paneer Tikka for starters. Paneer can be hit and miss, so often rubbery and chewy instead of crumbly and flavoursome. We were delighted to see that, at Kaniz Restaurant, it was a case of the latter. The kebab was tender and succulent, but not too heavy – just enough to whet our appetites without taking the edge off. For our mains, we opted for the Achari Lamb with a Garlic Naan and Chicken Rogan Josh

with Pilau Rice. The lamb was a melt-in-the-mouth explosion of flavours, both tangy and spicy, while the sundries proved to be warm, fragrant and delicious. The chicken dish was tender and delicious, but not quite as spicy as we would have liked. If you like your Indian food hot, make sure you ask for extra spice. There is also an excellent selection of vegetarian dishes so do order a side dish or two if you can fit it in. We were so full that we had to skip dessert, but made definite plans to sample the range on our next visit. Nestled on Bath Road near Heathrow Airport, the restaurant is perfect for an intimate dinner with a loved one after welcoming them back, or for entertaining corporate clients in style. The restaurant is available for private hire and also runs a delivery service so if you’re having a stayat-home kind of day, give them a call and they’ll have piping hot food with you within half an hour. Kaniz, whose family have a long history in the restaurant business, says: “We use the freshest ingredients and experiment with flavours to bring you something new. I pay personal attention to all aspects of Kaniz Restaurant. After all, it is literally my reputation and my name on the line.” We’re happy to report that the Kaniz dining experience is just as fantastic as the makeup service she is so celebrated for. • Kaniz Restaurant 350-352 Bath Rd, Heathrow, Middx, UB7 0DE t: 020 8759 7779 e: w:

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Who’s hot THIS SEASON...

Shining the light on rising stars

Nadia Ali



t’s only been a short while since Tena Desae traded in her catwalk rags to give Tinseltown a shot, and already she’s being dubbed the new Freida Pinto. Still winning hearts on this side of the pond playing Dev Patel’s love interest in the charming Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, Bollywood has different ideas for Tena. In its recent drive to make more serious movies featuring strong actresses with substance

and range, Tena has been offered a series of tough girl in jeaopardy roles, starting with her debut this month in the psychological thriller Yeh Faasley. But despite Bollywood’s plans, it looks like we have a better chance of nabbing her for ourselves. When we saw her at the premiere of Marigold Hotel last month, she asked us whether we knew any decent guys here in the UK we could set her up with…

Seeing as it’s our 50th issue, it’s worth recelebrating Nadia, who we earmarked as One To Watch in our debut issue. The lead singer of iiO, whose the monster club hit Rapture went on to tear up the dancefloors everywhere from Ayia Napa to Zurich (it reached number 2 in the UK charts), she’s gone on to have huge hits with tracks such as Is it Love (number one in the US Billboard dance charts) and Fantasy, which earned her a Grammy nomination. After lending her vocals to numerous producers, the Pakistani born Nadia, dubbed the Queen of Clubs, the Pakistani-American singer has since gone solo. Watch out for her brand new album Phoenix, and get ready to dance to Nadia’s beat all over again...

CHOICE CUTS: Tarsem Singh

Director of Mirror Mirror & Immortals

“I’m crazy about this guy and his vibrant personality. He spins his web and there’s no getting out of it,” so says Julia Roberts. Other beautiful female fans include J-Lo (who starred for him in The Cell) and Freida Pinto (Immortals). You can now add us to the list, Tarsem!

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Tarsem difference: The hotshot director on the sets of Mirror Mirror & Immortals. He shot to fame after directing REM’s video for Losing My Religion, and the Pepsi Gladiators ad featuring Britney Spears, Pink and Beyonce

Zack Knight Picking up the gauntlet laid down by Jay Sean, Mumzy et al, Zack – formerly known as ZeeKay – is the new face of Brit Asian R’n’B. The singer-songwriter’s debut single All Over Again is already gaining him admirers on the dancefloor, with his love for melodic electro pop hooks ensuring the radio is being friendly too. His album is out later this year.



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Machu ado? It was here at Machu Picchu that the Mayans predicted the end of the world

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If the Mayan prophecy is true, the world ends this year, folks. Experience as much of it while you can…

AFRICA: Where it all began… Lonely planet: A lone elephant at the Serengeti & a one-palm scenery from the Sahara


Jozani Forest

Experience Zanzibar in the company of endangered red colobus monkeys and the Mangrove Swamp.


Serengeti Park

Witness this annual wildebeest migration in Tanzania – the biggest wildlife display on earth.


Sahara Desert

Take a camel ride to see the magnificent dunes of Erg Chebbi before topping off your visit by camping beneath the stars.



Giraffe Manor Hotel

A unique hotel experience in Nairobi, where giraffes greet you at the front door and pop their head in your bedroom window.


Pyramids of Giza

Experience the wonders of Egypt on horseback and watch the astounding Pyramids Sound and Light Show in the evening.


Victoria Falls

Swim to the edge and peer over at the astonishing

100m-drop into a steeply walled gorge. This one is not for the faint-hearted.


Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

Come face-to-face with magnificent wild gorillas in Uganda.


Palace of the Lost City

For exquisite surroundings and ultimate luxury, stay in this South African Resort, the fabled residence of an ancient king.

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Celebrating a dozen years of the best in fashion, entertainment and style

BIRTH OF A WOMAN The story of how your favourite magazine came into being


hat have all these publications got in common: Asiana, Eastern Eye E-Mag, Snoop, Asian Fashion, Asian Xpress? All of these hired me as a Senior Editor. All were market leaders in their time. All of them rolled over and passed away. While I was working there. If magazines were women, the amount of kisses of deaths I’ve given them would have me locked up right now in a secure unit reserved for the most dangerous serial killers. Asian Woman started out long before our inaugural issue in the summer of 2000 as the women’s section pull-out of Eastern Eye magazine, edited by Samina Saeed (whose magazine Viya continues to be a huge success precisely because I’ve never worked on it). I left Eastern Eye in 1998 to edit the cult Asian lad’s mag Snoop (and promptly culled it two years later), when I got a call from Samina asking me to help her edit a women’s magazine that was to have the ‘cutting-edge fashion feel of Vogue, the editorial bite of Marie Claire’. ‘What do I know about women?’ I asked (a question that remains relevant today). I looked at her and her business partner Sarwar Ahmed (the Godfather of modern Asian media) and pointed out: ‘I ask celebs about sex and write features about sex, and,’ I scratched my head. ‘That’s it.’ ‘Exactly!’ they said. ‘We’re going to challenge the notion that Asian women are subservient wallflowers. The fashion, beauty, features... everything is going to


be daring. We’re going to show the world that Asian women can wear what they like, date who they like, be who they like.’ ‘Is there a decent pub near the office?’ I asked. That night I came up with a hundred edgy titles to match this edgy magazine idea: Desi Diva, Dark Star, Girl About Brown. It’s a miracle anyone hires me. ‘We’re going to call it Asian Woman,’ they announced. ‘But... isn’t that a bit, well, obvious?’ I howled. ‘That’s the point! We’re going to claim the word Asian for ourselves.’ ‘A-ha,’ I exclaimed. ‘So when people hear the word Asian they’ll think of us and not the Chinese State Circus!’ I wasn’t convinced, but as with most of my opinions regarding what’s good for women, I was entirely wrong. Asian Woman and Bride had both Asian and mainstream channels abuzz with our risque, adventurous content, and sales of British Asian fashion trebled in our first year. We became the first Asian mag to receive ABC certification, at our peak selling over 150,000 issues. The mag split into two in 2001, with Asian Bride getting its own magazine, and (back at a time when cover sales meant we could afford to be arrogant) our insistence of rejecting wedding service providers who had nothing innovative to offer was monumental in taking the Asian wedding industry from the balloons-on-walls and food-in-drums in school halls to the sophisticated enterprise it is today. Even after I left Asian Woman to

Asian man: Shihab in one of his many attention-seeking guises during his time as AW’s male columnist

help launch Asiana as its Editor-inChief, I’ve been fondly watching the magazine grow. It’s gone through a lot of transformations over the years but now, under the helm of Jay Wimal, it’s back to being the culturally relevant vehicle for strong, independant Asian women that it was born to be. I’m honoured to be asked to guest edit this rather emotional 50 issues of Asian Woman retrospective. Please join me as we look back on twelve years of forward-thinking fashion, cutting edge beauty and the best in Asian entertainment. Here’s to another 50 (assuming they don’t let me hang around here long enough to kill it, that is). Enjoy and goddess be with each and every one of you. Shihab Salim Guest Editor

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Suitable boys: DJ Adil Ray; actor Ameet Chana; Current Eastenders star Nitin Ganatra; DJ and cultural terrorist Bobby Friction; bhangra legend Bally Sagoo


a date to remember…


How the legendary Asian Bachelors list was conceived t’s been imitated by many other Asian magazines and has arguably lost some of its (pun intended) pulling power, but it’s worth remembering that when we launched with the first ever Bachelors List in 2000, it caused an absolute storm. Seeing as Asian Woman was the first ever glossy lifestyle magazine targeted at British Asian women, the mainstream press – who it’s easy to forget still largely viewed us a subservient breed who needed to be saved back then – were fascinated. They had never seen Asian men portrayed in this light before: lining up to prove their worth and begging to be dated. Their collective bewilderment can be summed up by The Daily Mail journalist who asked us: “But are Asian girls allowed to date?” We realised that as a magazine that existed to show women were in charge, the Bachelors List was a revolutionary way to prove to the world we were no longer in the kitchen awaiting our parents to pick a suitable boy for us. Now we were going to put all the boys we liked in the hot seat. It’s not an exaggeration

to say our mocking of chat-up lines is what killed the trend among Asian men once and for all. Every year, we smartened them up, then made them jump through hoops before picking whichever one that took our fancy. We’ve been picking on them ever since…

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Number of rs ver the yea men got o ar . Sanjeev Bhask .. s e im t 45 han . Amitabh Bachc .. s e im t 54 Shahrukh Khan 58 times... Rishi Rich 87 times... ... times


SINGLE FILE Can you match the bachelors’ descriptions below with the celebs above? 1. He enjoys painting, playing the guitar and lives ‘with a bunch of oddballs in bedsit land’. He’s impressed by girls who can walk and drink a can of Coke at the same time but dislikes ladettes. 2. Despite supporting Michael Jackson on tour, he isn’t too cool to approach. Recently, while shopping, he passed a lethal guff that sent his friends running out gasping for fresh air… when suddenly hordes of fans appeared asking for his autograph! 3. He lives in a trendy loft apartment in Leeds city centre but doesn’t drive, relying on lifts instead. He dislikes girls who only want to know him because he’s a DJ and his dream lady would be a Salma Hayek or Melanie Sykes look-alike. 4. He can’t stand women who act stupid when it’s obvious their IQs are 200-plus and those who ignore politics and music. He’s monogamous ‘most of the time’ and wants 12 kids. His past girlfriends have all had a thing for Pakistani TV dramas with their tears, anger and kidnapping. 5. He puts his success down to having a thick skin and not getting embarrassed easily. He is coy about his past relationships but says he dislikes girls who drink pints of beer and play on the fact they are beautiful. He’s after a girl who is understanding and can let her hair down once in a while. (answers: 1. Nitin Ganatra; 2. Bally Sagoo; 3. Adil Ray; 4. Bobby Friction; 5. Ameet Chana)

Jay Sean

Who’s the sexiest Brit Asian?

Hubba hubba: (clockwise from top left) Raza Jaffrey; Riz Ahmed; James Floyd. (far right) Navin Chowdhry

We asked the girls from the early days of Asian Woman and our current team to pick the star they’ve cried ‘hubba-hubba’ at the most. The oldskool were unanimous on their choice of Navin Chowdhry, who starred in the hugely popular TV series Teachers (closely followed by This Life star Ramon Tikaram and Spooks actor Raza Jaffrey). A few members of our new team are rather partial to James Floyd (star of Everywhere and Nowhere), but the rest of us could only utter two words in unison: Riz Ahmed. The MC and star of mini series including Dead Set and Wired, and cult movies like Shifty and, of course, Four Lions, gets both our thumbs and temperature up. Who gets you going? Tell us your hot Brit Asian hunk nominations on Facebook and Twitter @asianwomanmag





through the ages


The styles of this millennia we loved





hen Asian Woman launched, back during the boom when financial restraints were of little consequence, we made it clear to all our fashion houses: we will not accept any pre-designed adverts (which back then always comprised of a shop owner’s wife smiling next to a tree), but we’d shoot and lay out every single spread ourselves. Also, if you’re going to give us the same old traditional shalwars, you won’t get as much space as the creative powerhouses working away to take Asian fashion to the next level. As designers saw their competitors’ popularity grow after their innovations were showcased in the mag, they collectively upped the ante and the results were as breathless as they were sometimes, well, best forgotten! We saw barnarsi moving on from saris to bring colour and depth to everything from shalwars to lenghas, dhabka redefining intricate embroidery by incorporating silver and diamante, borrowing the male look in the form of the softened Nehru jacket, experimentations with fabrics such as organza, the cropped asymmetric trouser suit short trousers and single-strapped kameez that defined post-millennium confidence, the unexpected influences from trends as diverse as paisley borrowed from the hippie psychedelia (which is making a comeback), and even though you wouldn’t now, for a while, the stretched tie-dyed effect of frills and flamboyant neon flares were everything the modern fashionista needed to prove how daring Asian fashion could be. Asian Woman pushed designers to go as far as they could, and it’s been an honour to watch them continue to grow in style.





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FAVE STYLES Classic outfits that keep Asian fashion timeless


The churidar Nothing gives a woman the illusion of never-ending slim legs more. This classic RCKC piece was the first example to use split chiffon draped majestically to reveal the luxurious silk churidar beneath.

What the hell

were we thinking? Trends we’re glad never caught on… GEISHA






The SARI Deemed old-fashioned in the 90s, the sari had a revolution that saw the whole six yards go to sleek new lengths. The elegant black sari you wear to sophisticated functions was introduced in 2001, and this piece by Variety Silk House proved the sari was officially sexy again.


‘Well, it seemed like a good idea…’ Unlike mainsteam fashion magazines, we had a unique problem. While they could do avant garde photoshoots that could focus on the detail, our clients insisted we showed every outfit in their entirety – meaning we were in danger of being left with a hefty mag (at its biggest it ran to 560 pages) full of head-to-shoe shots. So for the sake of variety, our fashion team would often commission designers in exchange for coverage to come up with innovative ideas. A lot of them raised eyebrows at some of our suggestions and with good reason. But hey, we tried!


More horror than haute, the swiftly aborted trend of skank couture, by a designer who surely must remain nameless, is everything that Asian fashion must never, ever be...

The lengha When we launched as Asian Woman & Bride, lenghas always featured in the wedding section. The most dramatic transition was when the trend began to dominate eveningwear designs. This take by Roop Ki Rani incorporated a large circular hole in the bodice, worn with the skirt back to front. But it’s the details, from the grey net and silk with gold and silver threadwork and dhabka, that spurred couturists all across the nation into re-invention.


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