Your walk talks !
By Nedra Wickremasinghe
It is the one statement that says more about us than our clothes, our accents
or the company we keep.
The way we walk is the most powerful first impression we can make: Remember
Marilyn Monroe's wiggle and John Wayne's swagger? None can equal them in
modern times. Your walk gives a fascinating insight into your inner feelings,
your personality, sexuality and also position in the workplace. No matter
how we try to disguise ourselves through clothes or image, our walk gives
us away. We can identify people from their walk. From our first faltering
steps at infancy, our walk is influenced by our parents and our environment.
Once we have mastered the basic method, we subconsciously pick up small
nuances in the way we hold our heads, place our feet or swing our arms.
Look out for these types of walks when you next indulge in people watching.
Oh! Here she comes - the epitome of elegance and style. In full control
of posture and even emotions. She leaves no room to spoil her look and
her outfit. She takes quick but dainty steps and has a certain presence,
acknowledging even strangers with a ready smile.
The high-flying quickstep
Whether her destination is the boardroom or the bathroom, the go-getting
achiever strides forth with equal determination. Her pace is very fast
and she's always on the run. She tends to swing her arms even when carrying
a briefcase. With shoulders and head held high, she holds her own in a
The idle sway
With time and money to spend, always dressed in striking outfits, this
personality walks with an air of superiority. She gets glances, and is
aware of it - but in return only gives quick side-long glances avoiding
eye contact. She walks tall and moves slowly for maximum effect. Her walk
is sexy but never overdone.
Heavy- footed, these feet are happier taking a hike than doing a half turn
on the catwalk. The torso leans slightly forward with stiff arms swinging
on either side. The legs move with a loose-limited gait. May take a while
to master the techniques of correct walking.
Reel long Potter fantasy
It's going to be a long day at Hogwarts. And we mean long. Warner Bros.
has confirmed that its hugely anticipated Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's
Stone, the first film based on J.K. Rowling's wildly popular fantasy franchise,
has clocked in at more than two and half hours.
The question is, will the film's core kid audience have the patience
to sit through a 152-minute, 13-second film, especially when typical children's
hits like Toy Story and The Lion King run just 90 minutes?
Warners is banking on it. The studio has spent more than $125 million
making the film, already has two sequels in the pipeline and has rights
to Rowling's planned seven-book series.
"A hundred million people in the world have read these books and loved
them, and there's a sense of the longer the better, even for children,"
says Dan Jolin of Britain's Total Film magazine. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's
Stone makes it world premiere in London today Sunday, November 4 under
Rowling's original British title, Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone.
For the American version, the studio will go with the title Harry Potter
and the Sorcerer's Stone, the name given to the book when it was released
in the US. The film sweeps into more than 3,000 theaters in the United
States on November 16. And despite some scary scenes, the first installment
has scored a PG rating with the Motion Picture Association of America,
rather than the more restrictive PG-13. That's good news for Warners, which
hopes the film will cast a spell over young Muggles at the pre-Thanksgiving
box office (a PG-13 rating would have potentially cut off a key segment
of Harry fans).
By Yvonne Gulamhusein
The well organized Ms. Lanka 2001 beauty pageant "Beauty for a Cause" was
held last Sunday at the Grand
Oriental Hotel. It was organized by Technique International School of Hair
Design and Beauty Therapy in aid of a talking book library for the visually
Gwendoline Kuhatheva deserves special mention for all the guidance given
behind the scenes.
Winning the title of Ms. Lanka in this pageant was 19-year-old Madhu
Jayaweera, a law student and dancer while the 1st runner-up was Nadeeka
Chandrasekera, actress and singer. The contestants' outfits were designed
and executed by Aloma Kaluarachchi of Salon Aloma.
Pix by Ranjith Perera