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Dear Kate: Thank you. Love, India

March 05, 2017 11:04 IST

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Kate Middleton

IMAGE: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge wore Anita Dongre's earrings to the reception to mark the launch of the UK-India Year of Culture 2017 on February 27, 2017 in London, England.
Photograph: Jonathan Brady/Getty Images

Indian fashion designer Anita Dongre, who met the Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton at the reception dinner marking UK-India Year of Culture, said it was lovely meeting Middleton, who wore a jewellery piece from Dongre's Pinkcity line for the gala.

"Was so lovely meeting The Duchess of Cambridge this evening. We chatted about our mutual love for Rajasthan and she chose to wear a pair of @anitadongrepinkcity earrings crafted by @jet_gems," the designer tweeted.

It isn't the first time that Kate Middleton chose to wear Dongre's design.

During her visit to India last year, Middleton wore a hand blockprinted tunic dress from the Anita Dongre couture label. (Read all about it here)

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Why this cover is special for Gigi Hadid

IMAGE: Gigi Hadid on Vogue Arabia's March cover.
Photograph: Kind courtesy Gigi Hadid

When Vogue decided to launch the Arabic version of the magazine, it found its perfect muse in model Gigi Hadid.

Not many know that Mohamed Hadid, Gigi's father, is a Palestinian-American Muslim businessman. Her mother Yolanda, is Dutch.

Sharing the news on her Instagram account, the model wrote: 'I think the beautiful thing about there being international Vogue is that, as a fashion community, we are able to celebrate, and share with the world, different cultures.'

'Being half-Palestinian, it means the world to me to be on the first-ever cover(s) of @voguearabia, and I hope that this magazine will show another layer of the fashion industry's desire to continue to accept, celebrate, and incorporate all people & customs and make everyone feel like they have fashion images and moments they can relate to... & learn and grow in doing so. Thank you @deenathe1st for your vision and for having me on this cover... by the incredible @inezandvinoodh - so much love.'

On Vogue Arabia's cover, Gigi is seen wearing a jewelled headscarf; the photograph is shot by Inez Van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin.

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What's Minnie got to do with sports?

It must be every model's dream to feature on the cover of a sports magazine.

In fact South African model Minnie Dlamini would have been super excited when she got to shoot for Kick Off magazine's front cover.

Sibusiso Mjikeliso, editor of the magazine shared an image of the March cover and wrote on Twitter: 'The first woman on the cover of @KickOffMagazine, @MinnieDlamini. She's got one heck of a story to tell, too. March issue out tomorrow.'

Albeit, the 26 yr old model's happiness was short lived as the Twitterrati criticised the choice of a non-sports star to feature on the magazine.

Here's what some of the fans tweeted:

Sicelo @SiceloDumakude said, 'The saddest thing about this Minnie cover on Kick Off is that Portia Modise was a Banyana Banyana star for close to a decade. No cover.'

USheriff @Melody_Miya: Hi @KickOffMagazine your choice in Minnie is an insult to Amanda and Portia!! Disgusting actually!

Ad.Garber@kokwellh: 'I personally like Minnie in fact she's my crush but to be KickOff first lady on cover, they're rubbing salt on wound 4 people like Portia etc'

And there were some who appreciated it too. Pamella Paraffin‏@pparaffin1 said: '@Sbu_Fundraiser Good as she is in what she does (presenting), she chose sports instead of glitz and glam unlike kids her age.'

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Models ill-treated at Paris Fashion Week?

Models at Paris Fashion Week

IMAGE: A model at Paris Fashion Week.
Photograph: Vittorio Zunino Celotto/Getty Images 

One of the biggest fashion events in the world -- Paris Fashion Week -- recently found itself in the middle of a controversy.

In an Instagram post, James Scully, a US-based casting director wrote about the mistreatment of models at a particular show.

'I'm disappointed to come to Paris and hear that the usual suspects are up to the same tricks. I was very disturbed to hear from a number of girls this morning that yesterday at the Balenciaga casting Madia & Ramy (serial abusers) held a casting in which they made over 150 girls wait in a stairwell told them they would have to stay over 3 hours to be seen and not to leave,' Scully wrote.

'In their usual fashion they shut the door went to lunch and turned off the lights, to the stairs leaving every girl with only the lights of their phones to see. Not only was this sadistic and cruel it was dangerous and left more than a few of the girls I spoke with traumatized. Most of the girls have asked to have their options for Balenciaga cancelled as well as Hermes and Ellie Saab who they also cast for because they refuse to be treated like animals.'

Balenciaga promptly reacted to the post and released a statement to the media explaining its stand: 'The house reacted immediately, making radical changes to the casting process, including discontinuing the relationship with the current casting agency. Additionally, Balenciaga sent a written apology to the agencies of the models who were affected by this specific situation, asking them to share it with them. Balenciaga condemns this incident and will continue to be deeply committed to ensure the most respectful working conditions for the models,' the statement said.

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Ms Trump's sequinned outfit gets a thumbs down!

IMAGE: First lady Melania Trump arrives to a joint session of the US Congress with US President Donald Trump on February 28, 2017 in the House chamber in Washington, DC.
Photograph: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

Ever since she took on the role of First Lady, Melania Trump hasn't hit the right notes.

Aside from the fact that some designers including refused to work for the First Lady, Trump has been receiving a lot of backlash for her Twitter posts and more recently for her choice of outfit to a public event.

Melania recently picked a black sequinned Michael Kors gown from the designer's Spring 2017 collection.

Prized at $10,000 approx, the outfit, was a far cry from her past appearances where she wore more formal, sober creations.

Daughter Ivanka Trump chose a more appropriate outfit for the event -- she wore a fuschia gown by Roland Moret which was priced $3000 approximately.

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With inputs from ANI