Happy Birthday Rekha: Red pout to timeless Kanjeevaram, style lessons that serve fashion bible for Gen Z's masterclass in elegant dressing


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No matter the generations or era, the ‘OG Umraao Jaan’  a.k.a birthday star Rekha, would never cease to be an epitome of grace and timeless beauty. Born as Bhanurekha Ganesan, the veteran actress started her acting career at the age of 12 with a Telugu film, Rangula Ratnam and contributed her bit to the showbiz for over five decades. Acting in more than 180 films, Rekha has portrayed strong female characters and her roles in films like Khoon Bhari Maang, Khilaydiyon Ka Khiladi, Silsila, Phool Baney Angaray, Suhaag, Utsav, Muquaddar Ka Sikandar, are still remembered by many. Thanks to her impeccable acting skills, Rekha is a recipient of a Padmashri and a National Award.

Just like her body of work, Rekha’s inimitable style is a part of her legacy as well. Besides a stunning and spectacular actress, she is an epitome of grace, timeless beauty and a classic example of ageing like a fine wine! Not just Bollywood, this eternal diva is a blessing to the fashion industry as well and there are no two ways about that fact. Growing up, this style icon served us uncountable moments of fashion inspiration, both on and off the screen. (Anyone who sneaked out their mother’s red lipstick to copy the diva will get what are we talking about)

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Not just back in the good old ‘80s, Rekha’s style legacy has found fans in the millennial generation. This beauty queen holds her fort strong even today by impressing millions of fans with her timeless style including several Gen Z Bollywood divas. Many of our tinsel town divas are seen taking out the leaflets from her fashion bible and sporting it with elegance. Right from the surreal Benarsis and Kanjvarams to those fuller red lips and gajra adorned bun, Rekha’s signature style is a fashion lesson for all, for years to come.

So, as this diva turns 65 today, (no, really), here are some style tips from the diva that are cashed by the millennial generation actresses. As they say, being classic can never go out of style!


Rekha and her love for all things Kanjvaram and Benarasi have their own tale to tell. Undoubtedly, this diva has an envy-worthy collection of these classic drapes that she flaunts everywhere that she goes. And no, they don’t stop being sexy, EVER! Rekha’s wardrobe of Benarasi and Kajivaram serve as a masterclass for wearing traditional silks!


Rekha is often seen tying her look with a classic potli bag, which has been picked up by our Gen Z actresses as well. Although, no one does it better like Rekha!


Rekha has made it her signature style to finish her traditional look by adorning a floral gajra. The trend seems to be picking pace even today. Many of our Bolly divas are seen taking her legacy forward playing by her rules!


Right from her Silsila days, Rekha is quite famous for rocking a luscious red pout, a sign of sheer sexiness. Rekha has taught us a thing or two about oozing sexiness with confidence by rocking that bold red pout. As time went by, many of our divas have jumped on this bandwagon.


The recent years saw a raging trend of statement chokers which was already made a classic ages ago by our timeless style icon. 

Not just this, our diva has spotted her favorite statement piece of accessory on multiple occasions. Going sustainable isn't a 2020 thing, guys!

Happy Birthday, Rekha ji. Thank you for all your style notes that we have been referring to as long as we can remember. Take a bow!

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