Dressed in a red gown and escorted by British cavalier Maximilian Hindmarch, Shanaya Kapoor, daughter Sanjay and Maheep Kapoor, made a bedazzling debut at le Bal des Debutantes, considered the world’s most high-profile ball event held annually on the Thanksgiving weekend in Paris.
The venue is the iconic Shangri-La hotel, the former residence of Prince Roland Bonaparte. Its opulent 19th century architecture, ornate chandeliers and interior detailing create a fitting setting indeed for modern-day aristocracy. Shanaya Kapoor, 20, was a vision to behold in an all-red Lecoanet Hemant gown, featuring a plunging neckline and ruffle details.
She was in good company with the line-up of debutantes that included Cristina and Victoria Iglesais, the twin daughters of singer Julio Iglesais; Araminta Mellon, daughter of fashion magnate Tamara Mellon; and Kayla Rockerfeller, escorted by a number of young counts, princes and barons.
There have been rumors that Shanaya Kapoor will soon be making her Bollywood debut as an actor, but for now, the star kid is happy being an assistant director on Janhvi Kapoor’s upcoming film, “Gunjan Saxena: Kargil Girl.” It was two years ago that Shnaya’s BFF Ananya Panday grabbed eyeballs at the coveted event.
She wasn’t the first Indian to have made it there though. Laxmi Dalamal became the first ever Indian in 2001 to represent the country at le Bal. Since then, more than 15 Indian debutantes have attended the prestigious event including Isha Ambani (daughter of Mukesh Ambani) and Leana Mallya (daughter of Vijay Mallya).
Of course the fees are steep and it’s not everyone’s cup of tea. But what’s a few thousand euros to these star kids and their parents? Not even a dent in their pocket.