I typically known as her “Simmer” reasonably than Simar, in an apparent reference to her smoldering, gorgeous magnificence. The air round actually simmered along with her distinctive essence. Actually and sadly, it’s the most lovely who’re taken away early. Two nights in the past, the attractive Simar Dugal gave in to most cancers after a courageous and dignified combat of a number of years, on the younger age of 52.
Magnificence is of two sorts. One that’s restricted to the bodily facets, making the one bestowed with this high quality a chilly, conceited looker, too positive of her seems to be. Such beauties are extra like marble statues, to be admired from far, leaving you chilly past that.
After which, infrequently, magnificence is bestowed on an individual who is gorgeous via and thru. Such an individual’s loveliness percolates their being, making them these heat, loving beings cherished by all. Simar was one such individual. She was grace personified. For her not one of the frivolous enjoyable that the world believes fashions take pleasure in.
Married early and a mom too, Simar was cajoled into modelling by that bevvy of vogue designers who, drunk on the brand new vogue consciousness sweeping the world within the 90s, have been desperately searching for their Muses. When a number of designers declare they have been those who satisfied Simar to mannequin, none of them is mendacity; all of them most likely did their greatest to attract her into the thrilling world of glamour and glitter. As soon as there, she excelled and delivered to life the work of virtually all of the designers who’re legendary names in Indian vogue at this time.
‘If Simar comes, can Sunalika be far behind?’ That was the headline of an article I wrote a few a long time in the past. These two amazingly lovely ladies (Simar Dugal and Sunalika Sinha) opened the present for nearly all main designers within the 1990s. These have been the years when vogue designers have been the newly anointed kings, and vogue exhibits the grounds the place they celebrated their oeuvre. And media created an thrilling environ and a haloed platform for the celebrations. I used to be the nation’s first vogue critic, writing for The Instances of India, studying on the job with all these energetic and effervescent beings.
Through the years, I’ve noticed that group of fashions transfer on from modeling into performing, parenting, designing, anchoring exhibits, or simply remaining the attractive creatures as they mellow with passing years. Simar remained the identical as ever – she even managed to look the identical as ever as she moved on to turn out to be a eager golfer, a rider and later to creating garments as a designer. She believed that the best way to develop is to maintain doing totally different stuff and believed that magnificence belongs to somebody whose complete character shines via.
Turning into one of many nation’s earliest supermodels and a Muse to the nation’s main designers by no means went to Simar’s head. She remained the nice and cozy, smiling, pleasant and dignified individual she all the time was proper until the tip, even within the face of intense ache. I final met Simar a number of months in the past on the Gymkhana Membership swimming pool. We spoke of assembly to catch up, however that was to not occur.
As Ritu Kumar places it with nice feeling, “For me her passing away, appears as if an period of vogue in India has additionally gone, maybe not ever to return again once more in fairly the identical manner. I’ve additionally misplaced a good friend, and a muse.”
Simar will after all be missed by household, mates and colleagues. However she leaves behind a legacy of a life lived with dignity, poise and heat. Such a life is to be celebrated.
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