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Pamella Bordes

Pamella Bordes

Pamela Chaudry Singh (born 1961), known for some years as Pamella Bordes, is an Indian photographer and former Miss India.[1]

Pamela Bordes
Pamela Chaudry Singh

1961 (age 6061)
New Delhi, India
Known forMiss India

Personal life

Singh was born in New Delhi in 1961; her father, Major Mahinder Singh Kadian, was an officer in the Indian Army. She attended the Maharani Gayatri Devi Girls' Public School in Jaipur then transferred to the Lady Sri Ram College in Delhi to study literature. She won the Miss India crown in 1982 and represented India in the Miss Universe pageant the same year. She subsequently moved to Europe, where she met and married Henri Bordes.

Singh studied at Parsons School of Design in New York, the American University of Paris, and the International Center of Photography in New York.[2][3] She took to photography as her career in 1997.[4]


In the late 1980s Singh worked in a brothel which had provided one of British publicist Max Clifford's clients with various services. Clifford asked the madam to reveal details of her girls and clients, and found that one prostitute, Pamella Bordes, was simultaneously dating Andrew Neil (then editor of The Sunday Times), Donald Trelford (then editor of The Observer), Conservative minister for sport Colin Moynihan, and billionaire arms dealer Adnan Khashoggi.[5][6][7] Clifford rang News of the World editor Patsy Chapman and drip-fed her the story of Bordes through the investigative reporter she was using on the madam. The story was published in March 1989 under the headline "Call Girl Works in Commons", since it was discovered she had a House of Commons security pass arranged by MPs David Shaw and Henry Bellingham.[8]

Clifford claimed Bordes was never his client, and that he earned his fee for "writing" the story, which ultimately served the purpose of saving the madam from any adverse publicity or court case.[9]


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  2. Khosla, Surabhi. "Shooting what she loves" Archived 7 December 2008 at the Wayback Machine,, May 2004 retrieved 7 October 2008
  3. Thayil, Jeet "Pamela Singh's new passion: art photography",, 8 August 2001, retrieved 7 October 2008
  4. Vetticad, Anna M. M. (January 1997). "Past all gossips and scandals, Pamela Singh takes up photography". India Today. Retrieved 20 November 2018.
  5. Summerskill, Bill (28 July 2002). "Paper tiger" The Observer (London) retrieved 14 November 2006.
  6. Roy, Amit (9 October 2005). "A trip down memory lane" Archived 6 June 2011 at the Wayback Machine The Telegraph (Calcutta) retrieved 14 November 2006.
  7. "Billionaire arms dealer breaks his silence over claims he hired Heather Mills as escort". London Evening Standard. 11 November 2006. Retrieved 14 November 2006.
  8. Tripathi, Salil; Flandrin, Philippe; Jain, Madhu; De Sarkar, Dipankar; Bobb, Dilip; Devadas, David; Karkaria, Amrit (24 October 2013) [Originally published on 15 April 1989]. "Pamella Bordes' sexual escapades with high and mighty rock British establishment". India Today. New Delhi: Living Media. Archived from the original on 10 June 2019. Retrieved 10 June 2019.
  9. Max Clifford and Angela Levin Max Clifford: Read All About it! Virgin Books, 2005,(ISBN 978-1-85227-237-1)
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