OMG We Know The Tamasha Girl!

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Like all the rest of you, we have spent the past few weeks salivating over the salacious advertisements for today’s Indian cultural extravaganza, Tamasha. While we suspected for the longest time, like so many others, that Zamana had just lifted a picture from the Internet after Googling “hot Indian girl.” But something about the smile and the jaw line made us suspect that the Tamasha girl was, in fact, Bwog contributor Liz Jacob, CC’13. Bwog’s Relentless Navel-gazing Bureau Chief Mark Hay caught up with Liz and pulled her off into a side room to have the following conversation:

Bwog: Oh my god, you’re the Tamasha girl!

Liz: Hah, yeah, I am.

Bwog: Well, now, how’d that happen?

Liz: Actually, it happened on Gchat – a few weeks ago someone from Zamana just asked me if I wanted to be on the posters for this year. And for a while I tried to convince her to use one of the other girls on the table, but … I just said yes. It was pretty quick.

Bwog: Wait, wait, there was a table of girls? How were they selected?

Liz: I don’t know. There are a lot of attractive girls on the Zamana board, so I think they just had a lot to work with.

Bwog: Okay, but you said yes. Didn’t you know what you were getting into?

Liz: Not really. … I showed up to the shoot and I mean, this is the first time I’ve “modeled” or anything, so I was a bit awkward during the whole thing. But we had a really great photographer and I think that’s the only reason I actually look that good in the pictures.

And actually, our media person, she kept telling me over and over, I didn’t Photoshop you at all! But actually in the beginning I had asked her if she could Photoshop a six pack on there, because I thought that might be cool.

But they had to … they … oiled me down with … cocoa butter – cocoa butter of all things! It was a bit weird. It wasn’t really until I got home afterwards that I sat down and thought, oh man, what did I do?

Bwog: Now that you’ve broken through, would you ever consider modeling or posing again?

Liz: Well, I don’t think the opportunity would ever come up again.

Bwog: Listen, sooner of later you’re going to have to wake up to the realization that the rest of the Columbia community has come to: you’re just plain hot. So this could well happen again.

Liz: Ah hah, no no no. I only did this because I’m really involved in Zamana and I’m invested in what happens to it. And I just don’t think that it’s something anyone else would ask me to do again.

Bwog: What if Bwog wanted you to pose for something?

Liz: I just don’t think that Bwog would want something like that …

Bwog: You’re sidestepping my question!

Liz: I don’t know. Probably not.

Bwog: How’s life for you as the Tamasha girl? Any indecent proposals?

Liz: When I was putting them up in a dorm a bunch of guys did ask me who the girl was and when I said it was me they all just started laughing – I’m not sure if that was because they felt awkward or what.

No one’s really recognized me on the street, though. I mean, I don’t look like that everyday. The only people who have really recognized me are my friends.

And actually, I saw my first one vandalized the other day. Someone had drawn hair on my stomach, which I was a bit offended by because that’s kind of gross. I mean I expected a moustache or something, but not that.

Oh, and my brother … because this is my Facebook profile picture for Tamasha … he keeps commenting with things like, take this down. This is not cool. But I don’t think he really minds that much.

Bwog: Yeah, what do your parents think of all this?

Liz: Um, I didn’t tell them at first because it all happened pretty quickly. And then later I told them I may have done something you’re not going to like, but they were totally cool with it. And later I showed them some of the pictures and they didn’t react. Like they didn’t expect anything more from me.

Bwog: Now that this whole ordeal is over, tell me true, are you going to keep one of these posters for posterity?

Liz: Yeah, definitely. I want to keep one so that in a few years, once I’ve had like fifteen kids, I can pull it out and show it to them and say see? I wasn’t always fat!

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  1. envious chick with a slight paunch  

    dayum girl, WORK IT!

  2. And who  

    is the hot guy on the back of the postcard?! Is he a Columbia student too?

  3. anonymous  

    omg sex incarnate

  4. Varun

    YEAH ZAMANA! work it.

  5. Anonymous  

    Yay! I just love the objectification of women!

    I mean, seriously. You can't even see her face. Let's just look at her baby-making/supply parts.

    • Anonymous  

      Also, let's just fuel the fire for obsession with one's (preferably skinny) bodily image.

      • Pathetic  

        Both of you. Pathetic. First, there's enough face in the shot to contradict the first claim. Second, the composition is a fairly standard "intrigue with a hint of smile" trope. Consider updating your 60's vintage Andrea Dworkin feminism with a better quality modern substitute. Read some Paglia and lighten up on the hateful body image envy crap. You're not fooling anyone.

        Liz Jacob is nobody's fool, and I'm pretty sure she doesn't need your maternalistic church lady help to prevent her "objectification."

  6. Oh please  

    No one's asking you to show YOUR midrift, so what's the beef?

    ...I can guarantee you, none of the pseudo-feminists trying to chastise the girl look like that (It's called a sit-up ladies).

  7. Anonymous  


  8. wow  

    i have a feeling that if this girl didn't know that "cocoa butter – cocoa butter of all things!" is a popular skin lotion/default emollient, then she doesn't have many black friends.

    not snark, just an innocent inference...

  9. anonymous  

    I'm impressed that Liz is really humble about this whole thing. I think you have to be strong to realize people WILL say mean things about your body and vandalize posters and call this interview unworthy. And it's nothing more than it's meant to be - just a deeper look into something on the surface, which some people will appreciate.

  10. Anonymous  

    wooooo great show Zamana

  11. :|  

    i fail to see how this is remotely interesting.

    also, as a graphic designer i must note that the fonts on the flyer are hideous. and next time don't use magic wand tool for selections. thank god this event is finally over so i won't have to look at these design abominations everywhere i go.

  12. Anonymous  

    most attractive indian women:

    -sonika data
    -swati chandhoke
    -nina sudarsan
    & meghna prasad

    (in my professional opinion)

  13. mark hay  

    stop being such a downright creep. YOU ARE NASTY.

  14. Anonymous  

    Nina Priya Sudarsan - I second that. Hottest indian girl on campus, by far

  15. Anonymous  

    Nina - stop commenting on yourself missy...



  17. ^ YES.  


  18. Add  

    Sonia Gera, Farah and Vai to that list and it'll be perfect.

  19. HOLD UP  

    Add Srilekha, Kavi and Sabine to that

    Then it's ACTUALLY complete.

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