First thoughts on being part of the show…
I was part of the Kingfisher Supermodels 2 but back then I was not really sure of what I was getting into. But this edition, I realised that it can be a lot of fun, and it’s about the career of young girls, and the responsibility of picking the right girl is on me. It comes with a lot of responsibility.
Your idea of a super model…
Someone who has the confidence of facing the camera, and has the right attitude towards work. Being a super model is not a brainless profession simply because they need to understand the brief of a client. It is important to be intelligent.
What goes into being a super model?
A lot of hard work. The know-how on how to conserve your energy because you spend a lot of time in the green rooms and how you utilise that energy in giving your best shot. Knowing that no one is flawless, and to conceal your flaws or use it to your advantage. It’s important for a super model to know the right camera angles and it’s essential to work with the right people.
Challenges of being the task master on the show…
There were times when the girls would say, ‘the task is too sexy for them’. I had to make sure they stop thinking that way, and get on with it, or never to be a model. And then there were occasions when more than one girl would be perfect. To pick the right one is always a challenge but we always had a great panel of judges including Atul Kasbekar, and stylist Mohan Neelkantan apart from an array of guest judges from models to actors.
On the show, the models are put through confessions. What would your confession be as a former model?
I have dealt with body image issues. I have cribbed about my hair being too straight or strands being grey since birth. I believe that our negatives need to be used to our advantage and that’s exactly what I told the girls as well.
Five things to remember while sporting a bikini?
1. Wear it like no one is watching you. 2. Wear it like you belong to the ocean, and not to the bikini. 3. Choose the right fit. 4. If you are going to wear a bikini, invest in beautiful sun glasses and hat as well, so as to take the focus away from just the costume. 5. Lastly, if you are going to wear a bikini for professional reasons then you better make sure you get paid really well.
What is the one outfit you would wear when you don’t want to make the effort of dressing up and yet look stylish?
An oversized white shirt with a well-fitted blue jeans teamed with a tanned shoes. Many people are not aware that I buy my shirts from the men’s section because I find them quite sexy.
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