ONE- PIECE WON­DER

Drap­ing in fab­rics like chif­fon con­tours your shape for a flat­ter­ing ef­fect, like this deep-neck, om­bré swim­suit.

Cosmopolitan (India) - - FASHION - Hair & Make-up: Bianca Hartkopf at Toabh Tal­ent Man­age­ment; Lo­ca­tion: The In­ter­con­ti­nen­tal, Mum­bai.

boyfriend back then who saw me try so hard to get skinny would say ‘Yuck, why? You look beau­ti­ful as you are’.” What’s her new and im­proved body phi­los­o­phy now? “‘Sexy’ takes place in the mind first,” she says. “You’ll have phases when you put on a few ki­los and that’s fine, you can al­ways work it off. Fit­ness is what’s im­por­tant.”

Now where is that ac­cent from? Wasn’t she born and raised in Hy­der­abad? She laughs, “Yeah, but I stud­ied in an in­ter­na­tional board­ing school—i had Amer­i­can teach­ers and that’s where it stuck.” Ma­lika is no wide-eyed Bollywood star­let in the mak­ing. There is no gush­ing about find­ing her call­ing, or any care­fully laid out plans for a movie ca­reer. “Act­ing’s in­ter­est­ing, but I’ve not thought about it,” she shrugs. Right now, it’s her mu­sic ca­reer that has her bop­ping. She is one half of the DJ duo, The Elec­tro­verts, (the other half is her best friend Nina Shah), which pro­duces pro­gres­sive house and elec­tronic mu­sic. The girls have played gigs around the coun­try as well as in Dubai, Australia andd UK, and hope to re­lease a few sin­gles this year. Ma­lika also loves danc­ing (she’s trained in bal­let, jazz).

There is an un­dra­matic as­sured­ness the leggy model ex­udes. She’s happy about the new op­por­tu­ni­ties com­ing her way, but not en­am­oured by them. “No point get­ting hys­ter­i­cal. Life is im­per­ma­nent; ev­ery­thing rises to pass away,” she signs off.

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