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Professionals only, please

fashion and trends Updated: Jan 16, 2010 20:28 IST
Vinod Nair
Vinod Nair
Hindustan Times
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Another set of fashion weeks are due in the next couple of months and the more I look at some of our female fashion models (both Indian and foreign models that the jury selected last season), the more I feel that some of them really need to work on their fitness.

But then, if they didn’t, then there is this new breed of models who are making waves on the runway. Last season I had seen some of the new faces, Himarsha Venkatsamy for instance, whom I think will make a mark in the coming seasons.

Strange as it may seem now, when Mehr Jessia or Madhu Sapre used to model one never thought that they were skipping their fitness regime or they looked as if they over ate. Both always looked just perfect. In fact, I remember Madhu and her inverted tummy (I told her the same when I met her in Mumbai recently and she laughed and said look at me now!) that every one used to envy while she walked on the runway. Models used to be somewhat better in those days in terms of their fitness.

Looking back, I think they were much more serious about their career than most fashion models of today in India. Even today, there’s this perception among people that models seldom eat. This came because the girls were extra careful in those days about what they ate. Or if they ate well, they made sure that they hit the gym on time every day. Is that the case now? If yes, then how come models are being seen increasingly unfit these days?

I guess most of the blame should go to the jury that selects these models. Time and again I have said that we should not ride on their past glories. Professionalism should replace personal relationships that more often than not plays a major role while selecting these models. I don’t think there is any dearth of girls who are fit enough to be placed as models. But then, that should come into play while doing the selection.

Keeping aside personal relationships of members of the jury and models, I really think that those who actually sit in the jury may not be paying enough attention while doing their job. This was reflected in some of the foreign models (what relationships could they possibly have with the jury?) They were absolutely not qualified to be models with heavy legs, protruding abdomens and busts.

What needs to be done, I think, is that there should be a basic chart that defines the vitals of candidates. And the selection committee should never deviate from those measurements. No matter who, if they do not fit into the specifications should be removed from the list immediately. Once this is put into practice, I guess our fashion shows will be somewhat perfect. After all, models should enhance the look of designer creations on the runway. And this is the only way to do that!