Interview: Shilpa Shetty
From Bollywood actress to entrepreneur and mom-to-be, it's been a rewarding journey for Shilpa Shetty. She talks to Time N Style Beauty about juggling different roles whilst looking like the quintessential superstar.
How has life changed after marriage, professionally and otherwise?
Life has changed very positively. Actually, this is the most beautiful phase of my life. It's a wonderful feeling and I love every bit of it. Touch wood! Professionally, I have no immediate plans, but I will announce our future ventures soon.
Cricket, Bollywood or yoga exponent - which roles have you enjoyed the most?
I take every role seriously and give it my 100 per cent. Also, when I do anything, I do it with passion and then the rest becomes easy. It's very important to be dedicated and focused. I have always enjoyed multi-tasking. Being a part of cricket was a whole new experience for me and I loved every bit of it.
Speaking of yoga and fitness, you are one of the fittest people in the business. What's your fitness regimen?
I eat everything but in moderation and maintain a balanced lifestyle. Along with this, what works in my favour is the fact that I don't drink or smoke. It's important to be around people who can mould you and somebody taught me a valuable lesson: less is more.
Do you have any fitness and diet secrets that you'd like to share?
A healthy diet is not only important for your hair, but also for your overall well-being. It helps you stay fit and active. I'm genetically blessed - however, I feel that more, than just looking good, it's important to be fit. I can't diet and tend not to overdo it. If I'm hungry, I eat, but I don't snack between meals or indulge in desserts. This keeps things simple for me.
Tell us about your beauty regimen?
For me, less is more. I keep makeup as minimal as possible and ensure that I wipe my face off all traces of makeup before sleeping. Also, I moisturise my face after taking a shower and before going to bed. My three basic rules to glowing skin are cleansing, toning and moisturising.
Are you a spa junkie? Are there any treatments you swear by?
The Pantene Total Damage Care regimen of shampoo, conditioner and treatment gives spa-like results in the comfort of your own home. Also, I deep condition my hair once a week for at least five to eight minutes, which is essential to maintain moisture in the hair. I am fond of beauty therapies too.
Despite a hectic schedule, you've managed to look stunning. How do you strike a balance?
I take good care of myself. I have six soaked almonds and walnuts as it really helps keep the hair and skin healthy. I drink plenty of water and exercise in any form, as it's an essential part of my life.
What's your ideal stress buster?
A good head-to-toe body massage relieves stress, whereas a good blow dry always makes me feel glamorous.
Who are your beauty icons?
My inspiration is Rekha. Also Dimple Kapadia; I would often look in the mirror and play with my hair the way she did in her movies. She has beautiful hair.
What is the secret to aging gracefully?
I am a very positive person; I stay happy through the highs and lows. I don't follow any mantra for ageing as such. But there's a beauty secret that my mother shared with my sister Shamita and me, which is to never use soap on your face and that's what I have practised till date.
What are the tips you would like to share with women in their 30s?
Don't always go by the price tag. It's not necessary that an expensive product is good. And always take care to keep your skin and hair healthy.
Photo credits- Photographer: Vikram Bawa, Makeup: Mallika Bhatt, Hair: Latika Jathar, Clothes: Falguni and Shane Peacock
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