Dressing for television news
Women who read out English news mostly dress in western clothes and women who read out news in Hindi or Marathi usually wear Indian clothes, either a sari or a salwar kameez. There are exceptions ofcourse, but English news readers do dress in western clothes more often than the Indian language counterparts. Probably because they think that their audience dresses that way? I find it a little amusing…
Here are some screen shots I took.
The first collage shows women reading out news in Indian Languages. The top left hand has a lady on IBN Lokmat (Marathi), top right hand corner, a lady on Sahara Samay (Hindi), bottom left hand corner, lady on a Cable news channels (Marathi) and bottom right hand corner, a lady discussing the Big Bang experiment on IBN7 (Hindi).
These are the women who anchor the English news programmes. Most of them wear western clothes, at least on the channels I picked. I did find one wearing a salwar kameez though.
The men who anchor the English news are usually in western formals, unless the programme calls for a more informal way of dressing.
But men on the Indian language news channels wear western formals as well, not Indian clothes. I wonder why they don’t try wearing Indian clothes? I think it will look good. They are imitating real life I guess…in metros you don’t usually find Indian men in Indian clothes. Certainly not in offices.
I am not a fashion person, but even to my layman eyes the styling of the clothes worn by news anchors leaves much to be desired. Some anchors dress well, but here are some outfits which I found rather gross. The woman on the top left hand corner (she was reading for a cable tv channel) is clearly wearing a man’s jacket. The man in the top right hand corner has a jacket that is a trifle short and his shirt collar is over his jacket. Also, both his blazer and trousers are blue…unless it is a suit this is not done. As far as I could see, there was a shade difference in the colour of his suit and trouser…which means he was not wearing a suit. The woman on the bottom left hand corner looks uncomfortable in that western outfit, and I fear that she has been forced to wear it! Her companion is in an ill-fitting suit. Usually the female anchors in Indian clothes dress quite well, but the churidar kameez worn by the anchor on the bottom right hand corner doesn’t look elegant.
One thing I was thankful about was that these women did not look like clones of each other. I have noticed that this clone culture has started on some channels…girls with identical figures wearing identical suits and with identical haircuts. I have a tough time distinguishing between them.
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