Harper's Bazaar (India) - - BAZAAR -

As the FIRST DAUGH­TERS of POL­I­TICS, these ca­reer-savvy, über-chic women show Bazaar what be­ing in the SPOT­LIGHT is all about TEXT BY PRIYA KU­MARI RANA PHO­TO­GRAPHS BY AMIT SHARMA

The lean and model-es­que Tejuswini Chowd­hury strides into The Westin Gur­gaon, New Delhi, for the shoot, armed with a black patent-leather Louis Vuit­ton bag, dressed in a faux-fur jacket, black tights, and Aigner boots. Daugh­ter of the re­doubtable ex-union Min­is­ter for Health, Tourism, and Women & Child De­vel­op­ment Renuka Chowd­hury, the stun­ning 25-year-old, with her short crop of hair, is more Soho than boho, and looks like she’s just stepped off the ramp from New York Fash­ion Week. Un­sur­pris­ingly, she’s mod­elled in In­dia (though she won’t call her­self a model), and was the sur­prise show­stop­per for Le­coanet He­mant a few years ago, when she ap­peared with her head shorn. Af­ter study­ing film at In­di­ana Univer­sity in the US, Tejuswini is rar­ing to get into fea­ture film-mak­ing with her sis­ter. “We’re both pas­sion­ate about women’s is­sues, and want to cre­ate a genre of cinema quite like what’s com­ing now with The Dirty Picture, which is woman-cen­tric,” she says. “We need to put out pow­er­ful images of women for young girls to look at, here where fe­male foeti­cide is through the roof.”

Ob­vi­ously in­flu­enced by her mother’s work, how does Tejuswini deal with be­ing in the spot­light? “It’s a pain in the butt, no doubt. But there’re so many ben­e­fits. My mother’s changed so many women’s lives; I see how they show their de­vo­tion to her. So I’m like, oh man, it’s okay, you can write what you want; I don’t care,” she says in her soft Amer­i­can twang. She’s gone through her party phases, and where she used to drag her friends out and say, “We have to dance!” To­day, she prefers quiet din­ners with friends.

Cur­rently liv­ing with her par­ents in Hy­der­abad, Tejuswini de­scribes her per­sonal style as edgy: “I wear what­ever makes me feel pow­er­ful, from fem­i­nine, del­i­cate power, to a more gangsta power,” she laughs. Dressed head-to-toe in black, one of her favourite colours, she says it’s some­thing her businessman fa­ther of­ten dis­ap­proves of: “‘Why do you like this mourn­ful colour?’ he asks, but I like how it makes me feel in­vis­i­ble.” She loves to shop at Chanel bou­tiques, and vin­tage stores. New York is a top shop­ping des­ti­na­tion, but she prefers the UK for Sel­fridges, and high-street finds.

In her closet, you’d find “a lot of shiny ma­te­ri­als, patent leather, and se­quin stuff, and a lot of dresses”, since she en­joys putting on a sin­gle piece and “be­ing done with it”. She prefers bags by Fendi, Louis Vuit­ton, and Dior, and bal­leri­nas and shoes by Tod’s, Ar­mani, Ver­sace, and Louboutin. For In­dian clothes, she only wears saris, and par­tic­u­larly likes Ro­hit Bal and Tarun Tahil­iani. She also goes for Indo-western out­fits by de­sign­ers like Ka­maal Dixit and Vi­jay Lak­shmi.

This jet-set­ter in­her­ited her flair for fash­ion from her mother, who was a model be­fore she got into pol­i­tics. “I learned how to do eye makeup by watch­ing her. She’s al­ways well­dressed, even if she’s ill.” Poised to make the shift to Mum­bai for her first film project, it’s cer­tain that this young woman will go far.

THIS PAGE: Jacket and pants, Gior­gio Ar­mani. San­dals, ` 73,500 (approx), Chris­tian Louboutin. Ear­rings, Valentino. OP­PO­SITE PAGE: From top: Dress, Fendi. Ear­rings, ` 29,150 (approx), D&G. Bag, ` 71,500 (approx), Stella Mccart­ney. Dress, Le­coanet...

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