For­eign­ers work as fix­tures at ex­trav­a­gant par­ties

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - NAVI MUMBAI - Soumya Pil­lai soumya.pil­lai@hin­dus­tan­ Mod­els pose as a lamp-stand, cock­tail ta­ble.

NEW DELHI: “I am 20, white, and last evening I was a ta­ble.”

Roxy isn’t kid­ding. Wear­ing a tightly knot­ted golden corset and a glowin-the-dark hat in a plush Gur­gaon farm­house, she did have to be­come a piece of fur­ni­ture for an evening black-tie event. More specif­i­cally, a cham­pagne ta­ble.

“This was among the bet­ter events I have worked at. There have been par­ties where I had to pose as an inan­i­mate statue for sev­eral hours, with drunk men cir­cling me with cu­ri­ous eyes. But the job pays re­ally well. I am a high school dropout, so this is my best op­tion,” she said.

To turn Roxy into a ta­ble, a wide plas­tic disk hold­ing cock­tail glasses is at­tached to her waist. Though this of­ten bruises her skin, she shrugs them off as ‘mi­nor in­ci­dents’.


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