MUMBAI, (GNI): Vogue India, the country’s leading fashion, beauty, luxury and lifestyle multi-media brand, honoured India’s best faces, beauty products, services, and experts at the eighth edition of the annual Vogue Beauty Awards at Taj Lands Ends, Mumbai on 2nd August 2017. Hosted by the stylish Waluscha De Sousa along with Vogue India’s Editor Priya Tanna and Beauty Editor Nidhi Sharma-Punjabi, the glitzy event was attended by several celebrities, socialites, and senior representatives of eminent beauty brands in the country.
Held in association with Trends, India’s Largest Fashion Brand, and encompassing the broad umbrellas of Skincare, Anti-ageing, Make-up, Fragrance, Haircare and Hairstyling, Vogue Beauty Awards 2017 presented awards to 63 products across multiple categories where the best beauty brands were awarded for upping the ante in innovation and product quality. The panel of judges comprised make-up authority Mickey Contractor, hairstylist Adhuna Bhabani, skincare specialists Dr. Harshna Bijlani and Dr. Malavika Kohli, Bollywood beauties Karisma Kapoor, Pooja Hegde, Diana Penty, Gayatri Oberoi, and Mira Kapoor, entrepreneurs Pernia Qureshi, and Karishma Manga Bedi along with Vogue India’s Editor Priya Tanna, and Beauty Editor Nidhi Sharma-Punjabi.
To celebrate Vogue India’s 10th anniversary, the night started with a felicitation ceremony for 10 superheroes of the hair and make-up industry who have been instrumental forces of the last decade. Experts Aalim Hakim, Adhuna Bhabani, Ambika Pillai, Clint Fernandes, Deepa Verma, Kanta Motwani, Mickey Contractor, Nalini J Naegamvala, Namrata Soni, and Subhash Vagal were the recipients of Vogue Beauty Awards 2017’s ‘10 on 10’ category.
Among the ‘Best of Bollywood’ awards, the Bachchan Family won top honors with Aishwarya Rai Bachchan winning the title of ‘Most Beautiful Global Indian Icon’, Navya Naveli Nanda, Shweta Bachchan Nanda and Jaya Bachchan bagged the title of ‘Ageless Beauty’ and Amitabh Bachchan received a special award for being the ‘Ultimate Legend’. Akshay Kumar won ‘Man of the Decade’ while the title of ‘Most Beautiful Man’ was awarded to Varun Dhawan. Jacqueline Fernandez was awarded the title of ‘Fitspiration’, Aditi Rao Hydari was declared ‘Flawless Face’, and Disha Patanai was recognized as ‘Fresh Face’. Mira & Shahid Kapoor were adjudged as the ‘Most Beautiful Couple’.
The ‘Best of Beauty’ award winners included Make-up Artist Puneet Saini, Hairstylist Anees Muss, Nutritionist Dr. Vishakha Shivdasani, Fitness Expert Namrata Purohit, Skin Expert Dr. Geeta Fazalbhoy,
Beauty Trailblazer Falguni Nayar, and Model Nidhi Sunil with Lisa Eldridge bagging the coveted ‘Outstanding Contribution to the Beauty Industry’ award.
Apart from all the judges and award winners, present at the glittering soiree were the likes of Dia Mirza, Sunny Leone with husband Daniel Webber, Bhumi Pednekar, Natasha Poonawalla, Swara Bhaskar, Sayani Gupta, Parizaad Kolah Marshall, Neeta Lulla, Nishka Lulla, Sooraj Pancholi, Gayatri Oberoi, Tara Sharma, Saiyami Kher, Ujjwala Raut, Shibani Dandekar, Shamita Shetty, Rhea Chakraborty, Harshvardhan Rane, Evelyn Sharma, Tanishaa Mukerji.
Commenting on the occasion, Vogue India’s Editor Priya Tanna said, “Over the past decade, the global beauty market has evolved exponentially and today consumers in India are presented with greater choices than ever before. This is precisely why a trusted voice is the need of the hour. Recognized as the most prestigious beauty awards in the country, the Vogue Beauty Awards, now in its eighth year, has set a benchmark in the industry. It has become the definitive guide for the best beauty products and talent available in India. Every year, we add new categories and address changing needs, so this can really be our readers’ one-stop beauty bible.”
Speaking at the event, Akhilesh Prasad, CEO TRENDS, Reliance Trends said, “Beauty and Fashion are symbiotic in the manner that a complete look is one where both are usually complementing each other seamlessly. Trends is committed to the fashion industry and platforms such as the Vogue Beauty Awards are a perfect synergy for our latest collection Shimmer and Shine which aims to make fashion accessible to all. We are excited to engage with India’s leading style-setters and industry tastemakers and hope Shimmer and Shine will find a way into your closets too.”
Amitabh Bachchan on being presented with the ‘Ultimate Legend’ award said, “I’m least deserving of this award. There are two gentlemen – Akshay Kumar and Varun Dhawan who should be receiving this award instead of me; you can take this. Thank you for giving me the opportunity to publicly honor my family. I love and admire these three gorgeous ladies at home in private but today I’m doing so amidst you all so thank you.”
Akshay Kumar, awarded with the title of ‘Man of the Decade’ stated, “I thank Vogue that I was bestowed with such a prestigious award, I credit this to my parents. My wife has given me a speech so I will have to say this so bear with me. They says that beauty lies in the eyes of the beholder but I say beauty is whoever lets you hold her. I would like to thank Vogue for this award. To my overpaid trainer and my underpaid cook, a big thank you for helping me maintain this beautiful Man of the Decade Body which I have. A part of the credit should also go to the fact that I did not have to carry my two children for nine whole months and thus my stomach did not have to stretch to elephantine proportions and then deflate to a small paunch with stretch marks and side skin that no amount of dieting can eradicate. So I’m eternally grateful to my wife for sacrificing her own vanity and producing our wonderful children and saving me from ruining my figure which would’ve ruined my chances of winning this award. Before I leave I’d like to thank my beautiful talented wife and all the support to getting her to write this speech as if she had nothing better to do tonight.”
Aishwarya Rai Bachchan on winning the title of ‘Most Beautiful Global Indian Icon’ said, “Thank you so much Alex and thank you Vogue for presenting me with this award. Priya, Anaita, Mickey, you are family to me. Thank you for making it so memorable for me with this title and celebrating a decade together. I cannot believe how time has flown by. Mickey is one of the main reasons I’m able to continue and earn these titles. Thank you so much! I’m happy to spend this evening with so many of my friends and glad to see Vogue celebrate them. Aradhya, my love, you are the most beautiful in this world ever!”
‘Most Beautiful Man’ Varun Dhawan said, “Thank you Vogue. I don’t get a lot of awards but this feels really special. Today when most of the crimes against women in our country are perpetuated by men, it reflects very poorly towards the men in our society. So on winning the title of The Most Beautiful Man of the Year, I would like to stress on the importance of men working towards making sure the women feel safe. So we have to go ahead and do that in 2017.”
On winning the ‘Most Beautiful Couple’ award, Shahid Kapoor commented, “This is the first time I’ve been called on stage addressed as a parent so that was kind of new and different but really cool. I’m here with my better half and that makes me more beautiful.”
Aditi Rao Hydari on receiving the ‘Flawless Face’ title said, “It feels special being here today because my first ever shoot was with Vogue. It was in 2011 and it was a beauty shoot about timeless beauties so to be standing here is very special. I actually think that beauty is a feeling and it’s about feeling happy. It’s about feeling healthy, about feeling love and giving love and the ability to turn negative to positive. That is really what feeling beautiful is about. So thank you Vogue for always making me feel beautiful from the time I started to now. Thank you so much.”