It’s a bit of a gamble for the girls at the Auto Expo this year.
While the young ‘car and bike girls’ are somewhat relieved that the venue of the show has moved from the centre of the city to the far-off Greater Noida and this will result in fewer visitors just for the sake of 'eye candy', they are also apprehensive that the cross-border crowd may just pose more untowardly stares.
Meenakshi Sodhi, 24, a news presenter and a part-time model, says, "The crowd response can be harrowing. People ask for your number, and pester you until you shove them away. But considering that the auto show is in Greater Noida, unlike Pragati Maidan till the last time around, we are expecting a more business-like and well-behaved crowd this time around."
Neeta Vij, 22, dressed in a crisp white shirt and blue mini skirt and standing next to a newly launched superbike, says, "The first two days were for business only, but today onwards, when the public, especially of this side of town, is allowed, it can be a nuisance."
Although there’s some apprehension, the young women, some of who are college students, and others full-time models, are ready to face the music for a cool quick buck.
"The established models get to stand with the bigger cars. We are instructed to keep shut and smile all day long. Remuneration can vary between Rs. 5,000 to Rs. 20,000 per day," says student and part-timer Karishma Rai.
Full-time model Mahima Bakshi adds, "For selections, we go through a personality screening. There is no formal knowledge of cars that is required but we are trained for three days on how to put our best foot forward. As for payments, foreigners get paid better than Indians."
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There is no knowledge of cars that is required but we are trained for three days on how to put our best foot forward —Mahima Bakshi
We are instructed to keep shut and smile all day long. And, the established models get to stand with bigger cars- Karishma Rai, 22
Considering that the auto show is in Greater Noida, we are expecting a more business-like and well-behaved crowd —Meenakshi Sodhi, 24
Priyanka Chopra at Auto Expo 2014