1. Preity Zinta
Always appropriately dressed whether it be jeans and t-shirt at IPL games, wearing a business suit while bidding for an IPL team, a dress and a hat at the race track or a beautiful blue gown at Cannes. Preity's tastes are almost impeccable whether it's her boy candy Ness Wadia or her collection of birkins. Ms. Zinta is one of the few bollywood actresses who changes her hairstyles constantly and even when she ends up with a ridiculous hairstyle like in Armaan or Lakshya, is spunky and confident enough to carry it off.
2. Katrina Kaif
In a world of actresses trying to achieve Size Zero, Katrina's curvaceous body is her plus point. A beautiful dew fresh face helps too. Born in western culture she always carries western clothes with élan. However, she surprised everyone by not only looking gorgeous but also carrying herself well in a saree at the premiere of Race.
3. Bipasha Basu
The only Bollywood actress who can look sexy without looking slutty, Bips is the ultimate sex symbol. She is a trend setter, first to be spotted in the baby doll dress at the Indian Idol finale and the Wendell Rodricks maxi length dress at the Race premiere. Unlike Preity, Bipasha is not loyal to her designers and manages to look sexy in traditional as well as western outfits. Advice to Bips, lay away the hair extensions. Your natural hair is more beautiful.
4. Aishwarya Rai
Rai for me blossomed into a style diva at the premiere of Provoked. Since then she has moved steadily up the style ladder. This is no easy feat for an actress who is not inherently stylish or experimental with her looks. Aish has a penchant for wearing similar outfits and colors. However, she pleasantly surprised her critics by wearing a range of colors at Cannes and looking mostly gorgeous in them. Advice to Aish, stay away from the cutesy pink dresses.
5. Karisma Kapoor
The surprising transformation that started with Raja Hindustani is still going on. Tells you that plastic surgery, an exercise routine, a good designer and money to buy brands can transform an ugly duckling into a beautiful swan. Whether it is her oversized shades, chanel bags or the black dress with the serpent brooch Karisma sure has turned into a style diva.
6. Kareena Kapoor
Our very own Victoria Beckham (NOT!). For someone who was a plump Kapoor kid to turn into a size zero actress is admirable. Kareena is not considered stylish and edgy by the fashionistas but the youth love her. Whether it was her jackets as "poo" or her lehenga in Bole Chudiyaan, or her t-shirt salwar look in Jab We Met, girls all over have copied her style. The girl tends to sometimes go wrong as we saw her orange-tanned look at the Zee awards or the horrible golden dress for Don's Yeh Mera Dil.
At 53 Rekha is still considered a style icon by many especially when in traditional Indian clothes. In 2004 Rekha won the MTV Style Icon Award and in 2006 was listed as one of the sexiest woman by a British magazine. Rekha has gotten more beautiful with time and her secrecy around her private life makes her retain her aura. But she sometimes takes the diva thing too seriously.
8. Sharmila Tagore / Hema Malini
Both are Queens from yesteryears and both are known for their gracefulness, class and beauty. Unlike Hema Malini, Sharmila was a style symbol in her prime. Her bouffant hairstyle was copied by many so was the style with which she draped her saree. Hema was a late bloomer but what a bloom!
9. Malaika Arora
Her flat stomach and her confidence in her body are two things that make Malaika sexy. Malaika's style is edgy and racy and borders on the raunchy at times. That is her signature and she takes it seriously. However she has had her faux pas as was evident from her dress choice at Lakme Fashion Week.
10. Deepika Padukone
Her height and her eyes are her asset. Deepika is a newcomer on the style stage. Her style is a little humdrum and her sweet girl image needs to go. But I believe unlike Sonam this girl has potential and will be moving up.
1. Jaya Bhaduri
Jaya was never a style icon but had this girl next door style to her. She has dropped a few notches with her bag lady look at Cannes. Being short and portly she should stay away from outfits that have a lot of fabric.
2. Gauri Khan
Gauri needs to tame her harshness, avoid fake tans and get rid of those pink lipsticks. We know she can look beautiful as we saw on the cover of Vogue. She is a good example of money can't buy style.
What happened to the Rani Mukherjee of Chalte Chalte? An absolutely beautiful face spoiled by horrendous hair styles and excessive weight. Unlike her cousin Kajol, Rani seems to care about her looks but somehow doesn’t seem to get it right. Being short like Jaya, she is limited in what she can wear (no Anarkali suits for example). But she can look cute if she loses weight and wears clothes that suit her body style.
4. Konkana Sen Sharma
Ok, what is wrong with this girl? Yeah, "the serious actress doesn’t care about fashion" bit can only take you so far. But in an industry that is so visually oriented the girl needs to lose some weight and pay attention to what she wears.
Not seeming to care about her looks, her weight or her unabrow, Kajol has always bucked the trend. She seems to favor black and white outfits. Mix in some color, girl.
6. Soha Ali Khan
You would think one who grew up in the Pataudi household and has the gorgeous Sharmila as their mother would have a better sense of style. But not this lass. Her jeans are too short and her hair is bouffant. Even her pictures in Maxim don’t improve her image. Soha, please see a stylist, pronto.
7. Esha Deol
The girl's tried a number of times and it only tells us that style is inherent and something you are born with. Some actresses have acquired it through designers but it’s not our Esha. Her style is too tomboyish, too thrown together at the last minute and she never looks comfortable in it. I don't think seeing a stylist would help her much. Some people are just not meant to be divas.
8. Madhuri Dixit
A beautiful face, a beautiful smile, a talented actress but not a style diva. Unlike her peers (Karishma, Shilpa) she has not tried to move out of the 80's. The curled hair has got to go, so do cakes of makeup. It makes her look older than her age.
9. Shilpa Shetty
Exaggerated is what I think every time I see Shilpa. Whether it is her hour glass figure, her make up, her hair, her inclination to carry Louis Vuittons (we know she is the brand ambassador but please she doesn’t have to carry the logo purses all the time). Shilpa is what we call BTM (Behenji turned Mod)
Nothing wrong with her style but she plays it safe all the time. Whether it is her hair, the colors she chooses, the image she portrays on and off screen, she always looks the same.
- Not sure about Rekha on this list says Bee
- Pitu agrees and has this to say about Madhuri
- Joules with more details on Rekha and Madhuri
- Mind Rush disagrees with the need to be size zero
- Pitu on why an actresses' figure should be held against her
- Katrina has been looking in sarees for a long time observes Lin who is bothered by Richa Sharma's double chin
- Ghaghra stuff that bothers Pitu: Manisha Koirala in Khauff, in Guddu
- m protests Bips' ghetto-skank on the list
- No Vidya Balan on the Worst list? asks Over Rated
- Vidya Balan = my next door aunty says Cinderella
- girlie girl isn't sure about Malaika on list #1 but nominates her sister for list #2
- Pitu nominates Kangana Raut for list #1
- Mind Rush is glad Karishma bid farewell to the female Govinda look
- Joules mentions two people that just didn't make list #1
- meena recalls why Rekha was a trend setter but now looks like a fake christmas tree