Pamela Anderson Gets Indian Makeover for TV Turn
Former Centerfold Dons Traditional Indian Garb for "Bigg Boss" Appearance
NEW DELHI -- Pamela Anderson made a surprise guest appearance on Bigg Boss, the Indian version of Big Brother, Wednesday dressed in a saree which was specially designed for her by Mumbai-based fashion designer Ashley Rebello. Anderson will be a celebrity guest for three days on the ongoing fourth season of Bigg Boss.
“I was contacted by Colors (the Hindi TV channel owned by Viacom18) and only given a day to create a special Indian look for Pamela Anderson," Rebello said, in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter.
Rebello, who is also a stylist for top Bollywood actor Salman Khan, the host of Bigg Boss, added, “I created a white saree in chiffon fabric embellished with the traditional Baadla style of embroidery, in which small dot-shaped pieces of pure silver are individually attached by hand on the fabric.”
In addition, the saree's one inch border was “further embellished with mirror work which was hand-done by craftsmen in Kolkata.”
Giving the traditional blouse a contemporary twist, Rebello said he designed “a spaghetti strap blouse which is backless and only tied with a string to give it a sexy look. The chiffon fabric blouse was also embellished with crystals.”
Rounding off the Indian look, Rebello included jewelery items such as jhumkas (large ear-rings) and bangles topped with a traditional bindi worn on the forehead by most Indian women.
The saree has recently found favor with some international stars, most notably Elizabeth Hurley after she married Indian businessman Arun Nayar in 2007.
Anderson's wardrobe also included another Indian outfit, the salwar-kameez which consists of a loose shirt top and pyjama-style pants. “This is a design from Lucknow (central India) made in a mix of chiffon and georgette fabric. This particular kurta (top) is stitched by women artisans from a charity organisation in Lucknow that I support. So I decided to include this as well to showcase the work of these women. It takes about a month and a half for a kurta to be made.”
Anderson entered the Bigg Boss house to the backdrop of a saucy 2003 Bollywood song Babujee Zara Dheeray Chalo, which loosely translated means “Hey mister, watch where you are going as lightning is about to strike."
Expectedly, Anderson's appearance is already generating major media buzz here.