Beloved in Bollywood and sought by Hollywood, Deepika Padukone set hearts aflutter when she graced the red-carpet at the Met Gala and Cannes 2017. Here the Indian actress gets starry-eyed when asked to dress up in a sublime selection of blockbuster pieces.
Even though much is made of the fact that she’s one of the highest-paid actresses in the world, it doesn’t mean that Bollywood superstar (and Hollywood newcomer) Deepika Padukone is above showing her appreciation for really, really big diamonds. The 31-year-old Bangalore-raised beauty has luminously large eyes, but charmingly she managed to widen them even further as she viewed the rocks we asked her to don for Vanity Fair On Jewellery.
A household name in India, with dozens of Bollywood films to her name, Padukone made her Hollywood debut earlier this year in xXx: Return of Xander Cage alongside Vin Diesel, and has since been gracing the red carpet from New York to Cannes, much to the delight of her 18 million (and counting) Instagram followers—thousands of whom comment on every single post. India’s love affair with their leading lady is well documented, with endless column inches devoted to her every look, and furious online debate sparked with each fashion statement made.
Padukone, however, has admitted to being most comfortable in a sari, although you would never have guessed that having seen her posing like a pro in everything we dressed her in. Infectiously warm and approachable, this is one Indian star the rest of the world needs to keep an eye on. Just allow yourself a moment to be distracted by the exquisite jewels she’s wearing … and then you can go back to gazing at the woman herself.—Annabel Davidson
Above: 18ct white gold, yellow sapphire and diamond ring by Boghossian
Above: Triangular rose-cut white diamond earrings by Bina Goenka
Above: Wave earrings in 18ct white gold and marquise, pear-shaped and round diamonds by David Morris
Above: Circé bracelet in emerald-cut, tapered-cut and round diamonds by Cartier
Above: Lucienne necklace in 18ct white gold and diamonds by Chanel
Above: Diamond necklace featuring a 33ct D Flawless pear-shaped diamond by Graff
Above: High Jewellery earrings in diamonds and emeralds by De Grisogono
See the rest of the shoot in Vanity Fair On Jewellery, on newsstands in the UK on July 7
Hair: Earl Simms @ Caren using Clynol. Make-up: Emma Lovell at The Wall Group using Tom Ford Beauty. Nails: Robbie Tomkins.