Nayonika Chatterjee and Laxmi Rana are not only successful models but also good homemakers. According to them, the freedom to pick and choose their assignments gives them plenty of time for their families and children, unlike other working women.
"Every working woman has to follow office timings and has to make adjustments according to that. But things are different with us. We are our own bosses and decide which assignment to take. In my case, I choose my assignments according to my priorities," said the famous model Nayonika Chatterjee.
Chatterjee has been married to model-turned-actor Gurpreet Singh for the last eight years and has a six-year old daughter."Right now my priority is my daughter; so I have divided my time in such a way that I give equal time to everything - be it family, work or friends. If I feel my daughter needs me, I would not make any modelling commitments," said Chatterjee.
Another model, Laxmi Rana, who is married to an army officer, says that a married model should remain grounded. "Modelling is a very glamourous profession, but when you come back home, you are like any other housewife. You are back to reality where you have to take care of everything. If the glamour gets on to someone's head, then it is a difficult situation," maintained Rana, who has been married for the last four years.
In the modelling circuit, well known faces like Amanpreet Wahi, Laxmi Rana, Sonalika Sahay, Bhawana Sharma and Joey Matthew are married.
Rana also feels that models can be good homemakers because they work like freelancers."We work in seasons basically. So usually it's during fashion weeks that we are busy or if there is any photo shoot... otherwise we are free and dedicate our time to family and friends," she said.
Rana feels that women working in the corporate world are busier than models."People need to understand that women in the corporate world hardly get time for their family, which is not true in our case," she said.
Her contemporary Sonalika Sahay agrees with Rana and says that being a traditional housewife is difficult for any working woman, especially for models because they are associated with glamour and have to travel a lot. She adds that since they are associated with the glamour world, the support of husband and in-laws plays an important role to have a happy life.
"I have been very fortunate to get support from my hubby and my in-laws, in this profession your partner should understand your needs and trust you completely. After all it's glamour all the way," explained Sahay, who has been married to a banker for the past four years.
Amanpreet Wahi, who got married earlier this year, believes the mantra to balance the professional and personal life is to give equal priority to both."Career doesn't change with marriage. Modelling is not a career where you get monthly salary, so it's completely up to you. But if you are devoted and dedicated to both, your marital status would never be an issue," said Wahi.
Rana sums it up by saying, "it is a great profession only if you manage it well. Life is all about proper management. If you are good at it then you are lucky and can control your life in a much better way."