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– Adaa Khan
Model-turned actor Adaa Khan catapulted to success after portraying Naagin Shesha in the supernatural fantasy TV serial Naagin and as Sitara in Colors TV’s VishYa Amrit: Sitara. She was a participant on the reality show Fear Factor: Khatron Ke Khiladi 10. An ardent fashion lover known for her unique fashion sense, the actor in a candid chat with Vasujit Kalia shares her style statement and preferences in shades.
VASUJIT KALIA (VK): What is style according to you? What’s your idea of style for 2021?
ADAA KHAN (AK): I believe in making a style statement and the fact that people should know you for your style. It is not necessary for one to wear brands – it’s better to wear clothes and accessories that are comfortable and functional, and suit one’s personality. Style must be an extension of one’s personality. Even today, people tell me that my red hair is my style statement and they identify me with that. Basically, you should build your own USP.
VK: What is your biggest extravagance?
AK: I don’t buy expensive brands, as I believe in wearing what suits me more. However, time pieces are something I am fond of. I do have a great collection.
VK: What’s the most recent addition to your wardrobe?
AK: I wasn’t able to shop last year because of the lockdown, but did some heavy shopping at a trunk show in December and picked a brand-new red Ray-Ban eyewear for my trip to Manali.
VK: As the e-tailing mania spreads rapidly will you buy a shade on the net?
AK: No, I can’t buy sunglasses online. I want the ones that suit me perfectly. I am very particular about my sunglasses. Not all sunglasses suit my face; they tend to fall off. So, I choose these carefully and according to my face.
VK: Can you list three hot favorite sunglass brands in order of preference?
AK: Ray-Bans are my all-time favourite, as they suit everyone and are made for all kinds of faces. Dior is also fantastic. Burberry and Gucci are some of my other favoured brands.
VK: Sunglasses are considered to be an important fashion accessory and many people wear them just to be in vogue. Do you agree?
AK: It’s up to you how you see this fashion accessory and want to wear it. Like, I love wearing colourful sunglasses! Style aside, these have to be purposeful. If I am travelling, I have to wear sunglasses. When it’s sunny, it’s important to wear sunglasses to protect your eyes. Sunglasses are both functional and fashionable.
VK: What’s your most treasured possession?
AK: I love travelling and collecting different kinds of magnets from different parts of the world. I love unique magnets. These magnets are like memories to me from the places I have been to. This collection of magnets is my treasured possession.
VK: What’s your favourite shopping destination for shades?
“ Paris and Dubai are my preferred shopping destinations for sunglasses. These cities have all the brands and there are scores of options to choose from ”– adaa khan
AK: Paris and Dubai are my preferred shopping destinations for sunglasses. These cities have all the brands and there are scores of options to choose from.
VK: Good brands often come with an expensive tag. How much are you willing to shell out for your favourite brand?
AK: If I really like a pair of sunglasses and if they are worth it, then I won’t mind shelling out money. However, such an extravagance does not happen quite often, as I don’t really go for shopping from a particular, big brand. Comfort and features, followed by appearance is the thumb rule.
VK: How many shades do you currently have?
AK: I don’t exactly know the count, but I have a lot of them, probably around 20-25 pairs!
VK: Which is your favourite shape in eyewear? What are the factors you keep in mind while picking a pair?
AK: I like aviators and any shape that is small in size. This suits my face the best and looks stylish. I also make sure that the size is such that the glasses don’t fall off. I look for colourful shades with UV protection and polarised glasses.
VK: What do you do to prolong the life of your sunglasses?
AK: I make sure that I keep my shades safely in a box after I use them. I have a spray to clean the lens. I also keep a soft cloth in the box to prevent scratches.
VK: Do you prefer metal sunglasses or acetate ones and why?
AK: I prefer metal ones. They look classy. In fact, I have many metal sunglasses.
VK: Eyes are the most precious of the five senses. How do you look after them?
AK: When I feel too tired or I feel my eyes have become dry, I hydrate and cool my eyes, with two slices of cucumber. I make sure I am rested well. I don’t like to go out if I haven’t slept properly. I avoid seeing my phone a lot and I keep it away at a certain distance. I don’t watch anything late at night or else my eyes start hurting. I don’t watch anything in a dark room or a dark place because it puts pressure on my eyes. I always take care to avoid these practices of the modern,tech-savvy world.
VK: Make us an offer we can’t refuse?
AK: A quick tour of Dubai with me, with some nice photo sessions, and looking around for some really nice shopping places is an offer I am sure you can’t refuse.
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