Bollywood star Lucinda Nicholas denies she’s taking part in cultural appropriation

Australian beauty queen and Bollywood star Lucinda Nicholas has spoken candidly about her successful career in a chat with Daily Mail Australia. 

The 28-year-old, who has just been named an ambassador for Nontre.co, reflected on her success at such a young age and her career aspirations. 

Lucinda, who hails from Adelaide, also spoke about her comments last month that she changes her appearance to ‘look more Indian,’ saying that it’s not cultural appropriation. 

EXCLUSIVE: Australian model and Bollywood star Lucinda Nicholas has denied she’s taking part in cultural appropriation after she admitted she changes her appearance to ‘look more Indian’ for movie roles

Lucinda iterated the fact that she changes her looks if a client is ‘requesting’ that of her, rather than it being a personal decision.  

‘Basically there was a couple of shoots where I wore brown contacts, it wasn’t necessarily a set culture, it was just because they wanted a different look so that can happen anywhere really,’ she explained. 

‘And in terms of the roles I played, I was in a UK film, a Bollywood film shot in the UK and an English character and in terms of roles with acting or modelling, it’s just what the client is requesting, whether that mean a change or hair colour or eye colour.’

Clarification: Speaking to Daily Mail Australia last week, Lucinda iterated the fact that she changes her looks if a client is 'requesting' that of her, rather than it being a personal decision

Clarification: Speaking to Daily Mail Australia last week, Lucinda iterated the fact that she changes her looks if a client is ‘requesting’ that of her, rather than it being a personal decision

'Basically there was a couple of shoots where I wore brown contacts, it wasn't necessarily a set culture, it was just because they wanted a different look so that can happen anywhere really,' she explained

‘Basically there was a couple of shoots where I wore brown contacts, it wasn’t necessarily a set culture, it was just because they wanted a different look so that can happen anywhere really,’ she explained

Last month, the former Miss World South Australia told The Daily Telegraph: ‘Sometimes I would wear brown contact lenses to make me look more Indian, I guess you could say.’ 

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

‘A lot of foreigners become successful [in Bollywood] by really taking on the language and Indian culture,’ she told the publication at the time.

She added: ‘People think [India] is so different to Australia, but once you live there and you’re a part of the culture you realise how similar we all are as humans no matter what race or religion.’

Last month, the former Miss World South Australia told The Daily Telegraph: 'Sometimes I would wear brown contact lenses to make me look more Indian, I guess you could say'

Last month, the former Miss World South Australia told The Daily Telegraph: ‘Sometimes I would wear brown contact lenses to make me look more Indian, I guess you could say’

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

While speaking to Daily Mail Australia last week, Lucinda spoke about her career and said she first got into Bollywood after winning Miss World South Australia and hosting the Miss India Australia pageant many years ago. 

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