The glam­our world be­lieves that short hair be­longs to the vamp; girls with short hair face ridicule and re­jec­tion

Hindustan Times (Patna) - Live - - Front Page - Shara Ashraf

One cast­ing di­rec­tor told me, ‘You are not fair, plus you have short hair. Ei­ther wear foun­da­tion or a wig.’ TEENA SINGH, AC­TOR

It’s very dif­fi­cult to break stereo­types. When I was do­ing a re­al­ity show, the pro­duc­tion house in­sisted that I wear a wig MANDIRA BEDI, AC­TOR

It’s not enough to be fair, tall and slim to fit into the glam­our world. “Long, beau­ti­ful hair” is also a pre-req­ui­site. Those who cut their hair short, face re­jec­tion and ridicule.

Model Luna Cafieiro from Brazil who came to In­dia last year, was shocked when she was re­jected be­cause of her short crop. “Peo­ple here be­lieve that long hair is uni­ver­sally at­trac­tive to men. They made it clear that un­less I grow out my hair, I’ll get no work,” says Cafieiro, who thought of re­turn­ing home at one point. Luna got some work in South In­dia, but she could not con­vince agents in North In­dia that even short hair is beau­ti­ful.

Sam Ab­basi, di­rec­tor, of a mod­el­ling agency, says that the idea of a girl with boy cut hair wear­ing a sal­war suit or sari is alien to peo­ple. “Fash­ion por­tals refuse to take girls with short hair. Ramp, too, is no dif­fer­ent. De­sign­ers want girls with long hair,” says Ab­basi. Tele­vi­sion and Bol­ly­wood, too, nur­ture the same prej­u­dice. Ac­tor Mandira Bedi is of­ten asked to cover up her short cut with a wig. “The pro­tag­o­nist can’t have short hair, un­less she is play­ing a cop or a jour­nal­ist. Short hair is for vamps. The good girl al­ways has long hair,” says Mandira high­light­ing the prej­u­dice.

Ac­tor Teena Singh, who made her debut in Akira, gets to hear un­sa­vory re­marks due to her short hair. “From ‘She is try­ing hard to be cool’ to ‘She broke up with her guy’, peo­ple say ugly things,” says Singh. The roles that she gets are that of drug ad­dicts, the bully or the bitchy girl. “Bol­ly­wood is re­gres­sive. When film­mak­ers are por­tray­ing cur­rent times, I don’t un­der­stand the need for con­form­ity,” she says.


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