Jacqueline Fer­nan­dez


Cosmopolitan (India) - - FRONT PAGE - JAC­QUEL INE FER­NAN­DEZ JACQUELINE FER­NAN­DEZ. In­ter­view by Aish­warya Dravid Pho­to­graphs by Far­rokh Chothia

On Find­ing ‘The One’

“I’m sin­gle. And for me, find­ing some­one doesn’t mean that he has to have cer­tain qual­i­ties or tick boxes on a check­list. When you have those kind of rules

for your­self, it never turns out the way you wanted it. Love is such an un­pre­dictable thing; it’s not so much about ex­pec­ta­tions as it is about a chem­istry that two peo­ple share. And if that chem­istry is lack­ing, I don’t think you can

be with that per­son.” “For me, poor hy­giene is a to­tal deal-breaker. You need to smell good and have good ta­ble man­ners—that’s re­ally im­por­tant. Even though th­ese are re­ally small

things, I can’t ig­nore them. When I fi­nally meet that per­son, I’m sure he’ll prob­a­bly be do­ing all of this stuff, ha ha! But on a se­ri­ous note, re­spect to­wards

el­ders, to­wards peo­ple in gen­eral—those are things that mat­ter to me. Not talk­ing down to any­one, not be­ing dis­re­spect­ful to some­one, says a lot about a man. It’s also im­por­tant that the per­son I’m with loves to travel, be­cause I do.

Oth­er­wise, our re­la­tion­ship wouldn’t work.” “You know he’s ‘The One’ be­cause of the chem­istry. And that’s ei­ther there when you first meet or it’s not. For me, if I don’t feel it in­stantly, I’ll prob­a­bly never feel

it. It sounds clichéd, but I be­lieve in love at first sight.”

On Flirt­ing and Mak­ing the First Move

“Even though I wouldn’t mind ask­ing a guy out first, I think I’d be ter­ri­ble at it— I’m a re­ally bad flirt! I don’t even know when peo­ple are flirt­ing with me and I

don’t know how to flirt back. But if I had to make the first move, I would prob­a­bly check if he has a girl­friend first, be­cause if he’s com­mit­ted, I would just back off. And if he’s not, I’d prob­a­bly in­vite him out for din­ner with a cou­ple of my friends; just ease into the sit­u­a­tion, you know? I wouldn’t be so di­rect as to sug­gest a date. Hav­ing peo­ple around will save us the awk­ward­ness and make the

whole thing more ca­sual.” “The most im­por­tant thing, even when it comes to flirt­ing, is to al­ways main­tain your dig­nity. Guys love a girl who re­spects her­self. So even when you’re flirt­ing or talk­ing to a guy, al­ways main­tain that. Noth­ing is hot­ter than a woman who is

con­fi­dent and sure of her­self.”

On the Per­fect Guy...and the Per­fect Date

“I love a guy who goes out of his way to be cre­ative. From buy­ing me din­ner to cooking a meal, or sur­pris­ing me with flow­ers or a gift—any­thing that ac­tu­ally means some­thing or brings back a mem­ory. Mak­ing an ef­fort shows that he re­ally cares.”

“It’s nice when presents have some mean­ing. It’s not just like, ‘Hey, I bought you th­ese ear­rings ’cause it’s Valen­tine’s and I want to get this gift out of the way’. Guys shouldn’t worry about the gift be­ing over-the-top, it just needs to be thought­ful.”

“I love cooking and I’d stick to some­thing that I can whip up in half an hour, and still have time to get ready and look good. So keema pu­lao (be­cause I make it re­ally well) and some re­ally nice sal­ads, a cheese plat­ter, along with a bot­tle of wine.”

On the Best Out­fit for Date Night

“I would wear some­thing that’s com­fort­able, pretty, and girlie at the same time. Per­haps a com­fort­able, silky blouse with a long, bo­hemian skirt.”

“If we’re go­ing out and the out­fit re­quires that I wear heels, then I’d put them on, but if we’re do­ing some­thing at home, I’d be in my bed­room slip­pers.”

“As far as make-up goes, I’d do a nice, pretty lip. I’d wear my hair down, blow-dried in ro­man­tic waves. I’d use a sweet-smelling sham­poo, too, and a fem­i­nine scent—I love The Body Shop Vanilla EDT be­cause it makes you smell yummy. I would ap­ply that to my pulse points, and then spritz Issey Miyake all over. The two go re­ally well to­gether!”

“One last tip: al­ways keep some chew­ing gum and a mir­ror handy in your purse. That’s what I’d carry.”

Lace crop-top and hot pants, both, Pankaj & Nidhi; tassle ear­rings,

Maithili Kabre

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