All that glitters is not gold and this holds truth in the glamorous world of modeling. The recent case of a former model Geetanjali Nagpal, who once walked the ramp with the likes of Sushmita Sen, sheds light on the darkness of the glittering world of modeling.
Thought there is a debate on whether she is a drug addict or suffering from a psychiatric disorder, there is an ugly side to modeling, which is unknown to people outside.
Former model Mehr Bhasin says, though it is unfair to pinpoint to the industry for Geetanjali's conditions but is its true that there is a lot that goes behind this glamorous industry, which meets the eye.
"Stress, pressure, cut-throat competition, fame, late night parties and insecurities could induce young models to drugs. Not everyone makes it big. It is true that in this industry one gets quick recognition and money, which may go to one's head and spoil youngsters. Also the fact that this is a short-term careers causing extreme stress, "adds Bhasin.
Milind Soman, a model cum actor says modeling industry has its shortcomings. There is too much adulation and fame, which may prevent models to see the rest of the world objectively.
However Soman adds that models who do drugs do it because they are young, fun loving and eager to try new experiences and are surrounded by people who could be addicts.
However he points out that stress and competition can cause all kinds of addiction and compulsion in everybody and not just models.
Agrees Manpreet Brar Wallia, a former model when she says though modeling pays well and there is a tremendous amount of competition, it is wrong to say that modeling is the only career where one faces stress and competition. The only difference is that models face constant stress of looking good and have to take extra care of looking good.
An upcoming model on the condition of anonymity says drugs are not the only thing which maligns this industry. There are many things, which go inside the green room.
Suvo Das, a fashion photographer who has shot the likes of Sushmita Sen and Geetanjali Nagpal feels uncomfortable to discuss about the murky side of modeling.
He says the competition is immense as there are 20 models vying for one assignment. A newcomer has to go through a lot in terms of getting that one assignment.
Late night parties, peer pressure and social set up could induce them to things, which they may have not tried earlier.
However, one has to be focused and not compromise on ones's virtues, quips Bhasin, recalling an incident when a girl came from London to try her luck in modeling. Unable to achieve success she got into drugs, but with proper guidance and rehabilitation she is now a successful model.