MUMBAI: Bollywood actress Anushka Sharma paid tribute to late designer Wendell Rodricks. The 59-year-old Wendell Rodricks died of cardiac arrest at his Goa home on Wednesday evening.
Anushka shared a picture of her walking on the ramp next to Rodricks and wrote an emotional note. She called him an iconic and original designer in fashion and a "champion for LGBT rights".
She credited him for spotting her in Bangalore at a fashion show and was gracious enough to work with him on his fashion week show in Mumbai.
Anushka began her career in 2007 by walking the ramp for Wendell Rodricks' Les Vamps Show at the Lakme Fashion Week
Wendell Rodricks was also featured in films such as 'Boom', 'Fashion' and 'Fan'. Government of India conferred Rodricks with its fourth-highest civilian award Padma Shri because apart from his work as a designer, he worked for social causes like gay rights and environmental rights.
He also wrote books, notably 'Poskem: Goans in the Shadows' and 'The Green Room' which is his autobiography.
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Woke up in NZ to the sad news of Wendell Rodricks having passed away in his sleep . He was one of the most iconic & original designers in fashion & A champion for LGBT rights . He had given me an opportunity to close his fashion week show in Mumbai after spotting me in Bangalore at a fashion show and was gracious, kind & encouraging. He was one of the reasons I had the courage to move to Mumbai from Bangalore to pursue modelling when I was just 18 years old . RIP Wendell 💜 My love and prayers for Jerome and the rest of his family and friends 🙏
Anushka Sharma had a decade long career as an actress in Bollywood. She made memorable films such as 'Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi', 'Jab Tak Hai Jaan', 'Sui Dhaaga', 'NH-10' and 'Pari'.
She was last seen in 'Zero' opposite Shah Rukh Khan and Katrina Kaif. She is married to Indian cricketer Virat Kohli.