Bollywood star Lucinda Nicholas denies participating in cultural appropriation

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An Adelaide model who subtly changes her appearance to “look more Indian” to work in Bollywood hits back at “cultural appropriation” claims.

Former beauty queen Lucinda Nicholas said last month that she is changing her appearance so that she can adapt to a wider range of roles in the Indian film and modeling industry.

But Lucinda, 28, told Daily Mail Australia last week that she doesn’t appropriate anyone’s culture, but just does what clients and directors ask of her.

Set the record straight: An Adelaide model who subtly changes her appearance to ‘look more Indian’ to work in Bollywood hits back at ‘cultural appropriation’ claims

Lucinda, who has just been named an ambassador for Nontre.co, said she only changes her appearance when “asked,” reiterating that it’s not a personal decision.

“Actually, there were a few shoots where I wore brown lenses. It wasn’t necessarily a set culture [I was portraying], it was just because they wanted a different look, so that can really happen anywhere,” she explained.

“And as for the roles I played, I was in a British film, a Bollywood film shot in the UK and an English character, and in terms of acting or modeling roles, it just depends on what the client asks whether now that meant a change of hair color or eye color.’

Statement: Former beauty queen Lucinda Nicholas said last month that she is changing her appearance so that she can adapt to a wider range of roles in the Indian film and modeling industry

Statement: Former beauty queen Lucinda Nicholas said last month that she is changing her appearance so that she can adapt to a wider range of roles in the Indian film and modeling industry

'They wanted a different look': Lucinda, 28, told Daily Mail Australia last week that she doesn't appropriate anyone's culture, but instead does what clients and executives ask of her

‘They wanted a different look’: Lucinda, 28, told Daily Mail Australia last week that she doesn’t appropriate anyone’s culture, but instead does what clients and executives ask of her

Last month, the former Miss World South Australia said: The Daily Telegraph: ‘Sometimes I wore brown contact lenses to make me look more Indian, you might say.’

Lucinda is of Middle Eastern and European descent and has played characters from English, South Indian and Austrian backgrounds.

‘Many foreigners become successful’ [in Bollywood] by really adopting the language and Indian culture,” she said.

Alter: The former Miss World South Australia told The Daily Telegraph last month: 'Sometimes I wore brown contact lenses to make me look more Indian, you might say'

Alter: The former Miss World South Australia told The Daily Telegraph last month: ‘Sometimes I wore brown contact lenses to make me look more Indian, you might say’

‘People think [India] is so different from Australia, but once you live there and become part of the culture, you realize how equal we are all as people, regardless of race or religion,” she added.

Lucinda has appeared in several Bollywood films including Guest in London and even speaks Hindi and has lived in Mumbai for many years.

During her interview with Daily Mail Australia last week, Lucinda spoke about her career and how she entered Bollywood through the international election circuit.

“I met a lot of people in the industry and saw how amazing the culture is with their dances and stuff, and it opened my eyes to the culture and there was so much that I loved it,” she said.

She started doing modeling, dance and commercials, soon discovered a love for acting and decided to take it more “seriously”.

How it all started: During her interview with Daily Mail Australia last week, Lucinda spoke about her career and how she entered Bollywood through the international election circuit

How it all started: During her interview with Daily Mail Australia last week, Lucinda spoke about her career and how she entered Bollywood through the international election circuit

Lucinda recently returned to Adelaide after living abroad. Just before the Covid pandemic hit, she was studying at the New York Film Academy on the LA campus.

She loves that cinema is a ‘global industry’ and is ‘open’ to all opportunities that come her way, whether in Bollywood, Hollywood or at home in Australia.

When it comes to homegrown talent, she looks up to Nicole Kidman and Cate Blanchett, who “made their way into Hollywood.”

Aspirations: She loves that cinema is a 'global industry' and is 'open' to all opportunities that come her way, whether in Bollywood, Hollywood or at home in Australia

Aspirations: She loves that cinema is a ‘global industry’ and is ‘open’ to all opportunities that come her way, whether in Bollywood, Hollywood or at home in Australia

Lucinda has just been named brand ambassador for earthly luxury products nontre.co, which makes household cleaning and body products, including hand cream.

Lucinda said their range is “amazing” and she loves the body milk and scrub.

As for her own beauty secrets, the brunette said that she always takes off her makeup in the evening, eats healthy and drinks three to four liters of water a day.

“I try to stick to a raw diet, lots of fruits and vegetables,” Lucinda added.

‘If I stick to that, it radiates into my skin. As soon as I eat badly, I notice it immediately.’

New appearance: Lucinda is an ambassador for the earthy luxury products brand Nontre.co

New appearance: Lucinda is an ambassador for earthy luxury products brand Nontre.co

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