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'We want models to grow chest'

Every fashion week comes with its dose of controversies and the upcoming Wills India Fashion Week is no different. Be it excessive pressure from some designers to look waif thin or lower remuneration as compared to International ramp models, models have to live it the hard way.

fashion and trends Updated: Apr 05, 2011 13:51 IST
Amrah Ashraf

Every fashion week comes with its dose of controversies and the upcoming Wills India Fashion Week is no different. Be it the alleged excessive pressure from some designers to look waif thin or lower remuneration as compared to International ramp models according to some models, Indian models have to live it the hard way.

In a recent interview, model Carol Gracias rued that Indian models are not valued as much as International models and paid much lesser compared to them.

While some models feel that they're being paid peanuts compared to International ramp models others feel that it is justified because of lower budgets in India.

"The difference lies between the budgets of the show. When a model walks for International designers say for example Victoria's Secrets, they get paid a lot because they put in months of training before the show and the budget for the shows is huge. In India, models go for fitting two days prior to the show. The difference is pretty clear," said model Amanpreet Wahi.

Amanpret WahiOne of India's top models Indrani Das Gupta also reiterated what Amanpreet said but added that sometimes models in India are expected to work a lot more than what they are supposed to.

"The only problem here is that sometimes we have to walk 3-4 times in the same show. Abroad, they use 15-16 models for one show while in India some designers use only 5 models for the entire show. That just puts too much pressure on us," said Indrani.

Fashion designers Rabani Rakha feel that Indian models are not underpaid at all. "Infact they are lucky that here they get work more as compared to the models abroad. We feel that they are paid well and if they don't like what they're being paid then they should work harder," said the trio.

Apart from remunerations, some models feel that some designers tend to put a lot of pressure on models to look a perfect 10.

"Sometimes designers can be very rude and blunt with models. They call you 'full bodied' when the entire world thinks you're really thin. That puts a lot of pressure on us and we are forced to go on crash diets," rued Amanpreet.

Designer Nikhita Tandon, who rubbished that designers put pressure on models to look waif thin, jokingly said, "We would rather ask them to add silicon and grow their chest."

Designer Gautam Rakha clearly said, "We want models with proportionate bodies. Thin anorexic look does not get any glory. We want our models to be healthy and fit."