12:29 GMT03 December 2020
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    New Delhi (Sputnik): Indian fashion designer, and gay right activist Wendell Rodricks died on Wednesday night at his home in. He worked in films like “Boom” and  “Fashion” and counted Deepika Padukone, Anushka Sharma and Katrina Kaif as his muses.

    Bollywood actress Anushka Sharma, who worked as a model for designer Wendell Rodricks before making her Bollywood debut with “Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi”, in 2008 credits the designer for giving her the courage to move to Mumbai.

    Taking to her Instagram, Sharma uploaded a throwback picture from her modelling days, walking alongside Rodricks in a red gown.

    Anushka, who is currently in New Zealand with her husband, Indian cricket captain Virat Kohli, said that she couldn’t believe that Rodricks is no more.

    "Woke up in New Zealand 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,” she posted.

    She also said Rodricks was one of the reasons why she moved to Mumbai from Bengaluru.

    Rodricks, who holds India's fourth-highest civilian award, the Padma Shri, was working on his costume museum in Goa when he died at the age of 59.

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