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30 May 2024

From Sonam to Kareena, Tanya’s got it covered

Super savvy Tanya Ghavri poses with actress Kareena Kapoor. (SUPPLIED)

By Sneha May Francis

How does Kareena Kapoor and Sonam Kapoor manage to impress on the fashion circuit, unfailingly every time?

From puckering up their perfect pout to flashing their dramatic poses on the red carpet, to flaunting their exclusive designer wardrobe, every actress worth her celeb clout ensures they never commit a fashion faux pas.

From the hairpins to the shoes, everything is meticulously researched, sourced and put together by their super-efficient stylists. Everything from their head to toe is styled perfectly.

While some stylists remain exclusive to an actor, or two, others fleet in and out, depending on their assignments.


Tanya Ghavri, who has been styling Sonam Kapoor for over two years, and Kareena Kapoor for a year, started out as a celeb stylist soon after assisting Pernia Queshi for ‘Aisha’.
“I started working with Sonam on her personal events and public appearances. Sonam is close to Kareena and very sweetly recommended me to her last year.”

Kareena Kapoor poses as she attends the ‘Big Star Entertainment Awards 2012’ ceremony. (AFP)
Surprisingly, even after dressing up two actresses, Tanya has not found herself torn between them. “It has become extremely professional now. If you are good then the actors will recommend you to other actors,” she informs.

But there will be times when the dates clash, but “those can be always be worked out”.

Tanya’s homework begins as soon as she gets the brief of the event.

“If it’s a red carpet event then I select from among the latest looks and share it with the actor. There will be discussions on colours, cuts, design, designers, etc. till a few options are selected.

“Once the products arrive, the fittings are done and then the sourcing begins for the accessories and jewellery. And, last but not the least, the hair and make-up references are discussed with the artists.”

Despite working the hours, Tanya doesn’t find the tasks daunting. “Yes, sometimes it can be tough but at the end of the day I’m doing a job that I love and enjoy so I don’t really get into that head space.”

Sonam Kapoor poses at the premier of the Hindi film 'Mai'. (AFP)

It’s the criticism, if anything, that can be quite tough to handle. “If I do something at work, any kind of reaction - whether it’s a compliment or criticism - is welcome. Initially I used to get affected but not anymore.”

Creative differences do crop up in her line of work, but she solves it with a healthy argument. “Of course it happens. Many times what you like, the celebs do not necessarily like. It’s part of the job. Sometimes things work out, sometimes they don’t.”


Having worked with two leading women, Tanya has an extended list of what to do and what not to. “Different celebrities have different body types so the brief is different every time depending on their body type, the event, time of the day etc.

“Certain people are picky about the length of a dress, or a shorter person avoids pallazo pants, black favoured when someone isn’t feeling the fittest… I can go on and on with the dos and don’ts!”


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