Model Poonam Pandey, twenty-one this year, has enjoyed, or perhaps not enjoyed, the distinction of someone posing as her: apparently a fake showed up at a function in Ujjain, prompting this response:
“I’m aware of it and have already sent a legal notice to the event organisers. In fact, I was taken aback when the media of Ujjain informed me about this and soon after that I decided to take legal action against the organisers.”
The real Poonam Pandey looks something like this:
Which is not to say she hasn’t invited controversy on her own. In 2011 she said she’d strip for the public if India won that year’s Cricket World Cup, drawing this response:
Speaking to The Hindu, Maharashtra BJP Mahila Morcha [women’s group] chairperson Neeta Kelkar said: “I have written a complaint to the Sangli Superintendent of Police. He has forwarded it to the Mumbai Police Commissioner. We all know this is a cheap publicity gimmick. The honourable President is going to be present in the stadium tomorrow (Saturday) to watch the match, along with the Sri Lankan President and the Prime Minister of Bangladesh. What impression will they have of our country if something like this happens in front of the huge crowds there? Ultimately, it is for the police to take action against her. The responsibility of maintaining law and order lies with them.”
India did win, but Pandey kept her clothes on.