Bollywood actress Huma Qureshi, who walked the ramp as showstopper for designer duo Rimple and Harpreet Narula on the last day of Shree Raj Mahal Jewellers India Couture Week 2014, said Indian women are blessed with "naturally beautiful curves" and should not be embarrassed about them. (Also read: Huma Qureshi to Marry in 2018? )
Asked about how much pressure she faces as an actress to look slim and prefect every day, the voluptuous beauty said "Not only actresses but even regular girls constantly try to fit into a particular idea of beauty. They face the entire pressure of marriage madness where everyone tries to look prettier and forgets what they actually are."
"I agree that one should be fit and take care of one's body as there is no excuse to be unfit. But I feel that Indian women are naturally blessed with beautiful curves. Just because somebody says you need to be perfect, one should not kill herself to achieve that. Be proud of your curves," she added.
Huma also said that one should not try to modify one's body just because someone else doesn't like the way you are.
"Don't be embarrassed about your body. Yes, as an actress, if I have to play a model or wear something where I need to look toned, I would obviously work towards that because that is a part of my job. But my real life is mine and this is how I look. So don't be apologetic about how you look," she said.
The actress also recalled her childhood memories when she used to get teased by her schoolmates because of her body weight.
"I was quite a chubby kid, so I used to get teased by schoolmates because of my body weight," said Huma.
The Gangs of Wasseypur actress looked like a true diva when she walked the ramp for Rimple and Harpreet in a dull gold lehanga with antique zari detailing and a tulle trail. She completed the look with minimal jewellery and hair left loose.
The designer duo presented a collection titled "The Eternal Wanderlust", inspired by nomads and wanderers who used to abound in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (in Pakistan), the Thar and Sahara deserts, ancient Persia and Syria.
The duo used hand crafted textures created by intricate fabric manipulation and crocheting, monogrammed coins, weaves of delicate tulles and gossamer silks. Also, there were tessellations inspired by Islamic Art that were juxtaposed with fine hand embroideries to veritably breathe life onto the surfaces of each ensemble.
The silhouettes comprised of capes and robes, sheer billowy jackets and regal cloaks.
Sharing her experience of walking on ramp for the designer-duo, Huma said "I have done a shoot with them and I really like their bridal work. It's interesting to walk for them. Also, since the fashion week was happening in Delhi, I thought why not? I always look for excuses to visit Delhi."
Also spotted at the show was cricketer Virendra Sehwag accompanied by wife Aarti.