Diandra Soares has had a successful modelling career spanning almost two decades, during which she’s had her share of ups and downs. She even shocked the fashion world in the late ’90s by shaving her hair off.
After a stint in a few movies and reality shows, she is now being seen as one of the participants in the new season of a controversial series hosted by Salman Khan. Just before her entry into the show, she tells us about her plans for the show, her career choices, and more.
Do you have a game plan for your stay in the house? Are you going to be diplomatic?
I don’t have a diplomatic bone in my body. I am definitely the one who will take a stand, and give honest opinions. But, I am not going in with the intention of being rude or nasty. I don’t think people should be afraid of me.
Salman, as we have seen in the last season, can sometimes put contestants in quite a spot. What are your thoughts on that?
Actually, that is the one thing I am nervous about. I don’t want to be shouted at by Salman. I hope whatever I do is entertaining, and it doesn’t cross a line, as far as upsetting him or anybody else is concerned. I think the advice that he gives to the contestants is for their own good. So, I definitely don’t want to upset him.
We’ve not seen you on the ramp of late. Are you taking a break from modelling?
I started modelling when I was 16. I just turned 35. I am a little bored of it, and I think the industry is a bit bored of me too. Apart from that, the industry now wants models to be size zero. A lot of foreigners have also come in, and they charge less. So, I only do shows for people who can afford me.
Many believe that shaving your hair was a publicity stunt.
People said that I have lost my mind. In fact, I lost work because of it. In a country like India, where people are obsessed with long, straight hair, it cannot be a publicity stunt. More importantly, this is my life, and I will not follow the rules and regulations of society.
What’s next in your career plan?
I never had a plan. As TV and Bollywood are happening, I’m going with the flow. I will start shooting for a film next year.