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Deepika Padukone snubs fashion critics, says 'I am dressing for myself'


The actress joins the L'Oreal bandwagon as the latest ambassador to the prestigious film festival in Cannes.

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Deepika Padukone is all set to make her debut on the red carpet at the 70th Festival De Cannes this year. The actress will join Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Sonam Kapoor, Julianne Moore and Eva Longoria as the brand ambassador of the international brand, L'Oreal.

Launching the brand's latest Cannes Collection 2017 in Mumbai on Friday, the actress said, "I cannot believe this is happening. It is every girl's dream." Padukone added that she was looking 'forward to the experience', saying "I think the focus is too much on the clothes. The idea is to have fun. I am sure my team will come up with something amazing, but the idea is to keep it fun."

Despite its origin as a prestigious film festival, the recent years have seen Cannes become more of a fashion stage. Padukone seems to be preparing for it. At the press conference for the launch, she was dressed in an exquisite Alexander McQueen outfit, paired with Tom Ford earrings. Padukone's designer Shaleena Nathani put up a picture of the dress on her Instagram page.

The designer also shared a picture of the actress's latest campaign for L'Oreal, with Padukone dressed in a beguiling yellow dress.

While she looks prepared, Cannes can be quite the tightrope walk. However, the actress has come under some flak by the fashion police for her recent appearances, including her latest outing at the high profile Met Gala in New York.

On being asked, she said, "The only time I will allow any sort of comment on my attire is when the flak comes from my mother or my girlfriends."

The Padmavati actress defended her style by saying, "It’s a collective decision. We work together to create a look. I am not dressing for you, I am dressing for myself so it’s okay if you don’t like it," and added,"I think all of us have a signature style, something that you are comfortable in. I have some things that I’m comfortable with… I like to put my hair up, I like red lips. I’m fortunate enough to work with the industry experts who help me find the balance between my comfort and the current trends."

However, Padukone admitted that she might trade information with Rai Bachchan, who has been a constant Indian presence at the festival since 2002 when she debuted on the red carpet for the festival screening of her film Devdas. Padukone said, "I think like they said... Dates are different. If our paths ever cross, then yes. She has represented the brand and India so beautifully over the years. I admire her."

Padukone, who is playing Rani Padmavati in Sanjay Leela Bhansali's period drama on the queen, also added, "I think I am looking forward to all of it. Have been to Cannes before. There's something about the place. There is a lot of positivity there. Watching some exciting films."

The Cannes Festival 2017 will be held from 17 to 28 May, later this month.