The Emperor’s New Clothes

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The other day I read about Priyanka Chopra’s decision to repeat, yes REPEAT her outfits because she believed it was a lesson to her fans plus being environmentally friendly !
Kudos to her πŸ™‚
Being an actor I have felt the pressure of getting dressed up in a new outfit everytime I stepped out for an event/party which was going to be covered by the press !

So much so that I started yearning for the good old days(barely 10 years ago) when the media was not omnipresent & people hardly cared about what you wore . . Really nobody cared a damn about what you wore ! ! ! And even if they did it wasn’t in the papers the next day or on various fashion police websites.
My problem is not just about it being ok to repeat your clothes but also about the pressure of looking a certain way .

The last 10 years have been rather difficult . . . especially after my daughter was born & I started my journey of being slightly overweight & always fighting the battle of the bulge .

So the pressure of never repeating your clothes coupled with weight gain has
sometimes put me off from going out for a public event because :

1)I had nothing new to wear

2)I didn’t have the time, the inclination or the energy to get my hair & make up done

Because if I repeated an outfit it would be committing fashion hara-kiri & if hair & make up was not done then I would be terribly under dressed in front of all those shiny glossy women .
Sigh ! ! !

Now don’t think even for a moment that I don’t like dressing up or shopping !
I love both πŸ™‚ But I want to do it when I feel like it . . I don’t want to go buy a new outfit just because I can’t repeat my clothes & somedays I just can’t be bothered with doing hair & make up . . . and I think I look very nice without it . . . thank you πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

So in that case how do you explain to someone who writes about my hips that “honey there’s more to me than my hips” & a fashion stylist who commented on my hair not looking good curled, that it was this naturally curly hair which got me my 1st modelling assignment πŸ™‚

Honestly I’m all for free speech & everything but please stop judging people by what they wear & how they look .
I’m guilty of it too, but now I try to look beyond it . . .
Let it not be about our clothes & vanity . . .
Let it be about who we are on the inside & not about what we look like on the outside !

Because at the end of the day you don’t want to be the Emperor who refused to acknowledge that he was wearing no “new clothes “.

The Emperor’s New Clothes

Priyanka Chopra fights for her right to repeat outfits



  1. hey Manasi,
    Loved your blog- just as frank and plain speaking as i remember you 20 years ago.
    You are beautiful inside & outside – (in fact you were one of the prettiest girls in college).
    Dont give a shit about what these people say – keep smiling & keep shining, may you always rock.
    cheers Sanjay

  2. Well written!! Almost sounds like you are breaking the shackles! And someone from the industry needs to!! Please keep writing and dispersing such refreshing thoughts!!!

  3. I have so many best dresses…..
    And so many best clothes……
    And what I’d do without them,
    Lord in heaven knows!
    That’s why I wear them often
    Maybe twice or thrice…..
    Or even more than that sometimes,
    They are so very NICE
    Kudos Manasi

  4. I love to repeat my clothes because i often don’t get an opportunity to buy the new ones…..I find your thought amazingly close to mine….:) very well said Mansi… i believe You have to rely on whatever sparks you have inside……. We see the beauty within and cannot say NO….

    1. Thank you Rimi :)yes it’s the beauty within each person that’s more important than the beauty outside … So simple & so true & oft forgotten !

  5. Well written Manasi.. People are beautiful not because of their looks or not in what they wear or say. They are beautiful just in what they truly are. Be yourself always πŸ™‚

  6. A real thought struggling inside every mind whether of an actress’s or a simple woman’s.The striving of looking better,the failure of not doing so,the vulnerability of the responsibility towards children and the consciousness which pricks within to know what is actually important and of utmost priority! Well written and expressed! best wishes Manasi! a wonderful being can only write such words of honesty!

  7. Hi Manasi,

    Very well written ! I really love reading your blog & not only the blog I used to love your acting too, specially in Saaya which was one of my favorite serials πŸ™‚

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