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The Next Big Thing: Models

The fashion world promises a lot of new faces and upcoming talent. Here's look who the experts think will make it big in 2011.

fashion and trends Updated: Dec 25, 2010 16:55 IST
Hindustan Times

Our judges
Lubna Adams, Fashion choreographer
Kabir Singh: Looks International
Piyush Walia: Looks good and is lean
Gaurav: Fabulous attitude

Pooja Hegde: Versatile & lovely
Anjali Lavania: Photogenic and sexy
Reha: Tall and talented

Nikhil Mehra, Fashion designer
Sahil Shroff: Naughty look
Aquin: Soft good looks
Lalit Tehlan: Transforms his looks

Diana Penty: Innocent & beautiful
Candice Pinto: Has the perfect body
Pooja Hegde: Versatile, tall and emotive

Vidyun Singh, Fashion choreographer
Karan Rao: Confident & good looking
Sahir Berry: Has a boyish charm
Sulabh: Impressive on the ramp

Ashika Pratt: Attractive & graceful
Hasleen Kaur: Great walk & fresh face
Shreya Sabarwal: Fresh face

Harmeet Bajaj, Fashion stylist
Sahir Berry: Great attitude
Gurjaap: Has a great walk
Bharat: Very confident

Ashika Pratt: Pretty and photogenic
Pooja Hegde: Good face and body
Erica: Great poise and face

And the models who get the maximum votes from our judges are...
Pooja Hegde
‘In ten years, I will be a known face’

fashionPooja’s story is classic. Modelling was never on her agenda, until she was spotted and handpicked to take part in a beauty pageant. Fresh out of school, she didn’t fare well. But the next year, Pooja went on to participate in another pageant, IMG Miss Universe Pageant, where she ranked third.

That’s a sign of Pooja’s resolve. Having failed at the first try, most other people would have given up. But her first failure didn’t dampen Pooja’s spirits. It only strengthened her resolve to get better at modelling.

"In the pageant I was asked what I would do if I didn’t win," recalls Pooja. "I said, it didn’t matter anyway, I would be sitting and judging this contest in another ten years."

A Mangalorean, Pooja was born and brought up in Mumbai. She wanted to work even as she studied, and so did a B Com by correspondence. After the pageant, Pooja started to model full-time. She has walked ramps for fashion weeks. Industry insiders love her for her height (she is 6-ft plus), her beautiful long hair, her dusky complexion and versatility. As Lubna Adams, one of our judges pointed out, "She can be great for Indian and ethnic wear, and given the right makeup and styling, can also look good in western wear."

Pooja’s father, a director at a renowned advertising agency, and mother, a prosperity consultant, give her full support. "My parents are very encouraging and they get very excited when they see me in a picture somewhere," she says.

Ask her what her USP is and she says "To be a good model, you have to be patient. I am that and positive too. So I don’t doubt for a second that I will succeed." Though Pooja has been approached with movie offers, she has not found anything exciting. "I might not end up in movies but whatever I do, I know that in ten years, I will be a known face, someone people will instantly recognise."

Claim to fame
Was the second runner-up in IMG Miss Universe
She has walked the ramp for designers such as Manish Malhotra, Ritu Kumar and Narendra Kumar

Sahir Berry
‘If I join the film industry, I don’t ever want to be an actor’

Sahir Berry started modelling when he was just 17 years old. Spotted and signed on while he was still in school by Sushma Puri of Elite, modelling has been something he has been doing on and off for some seven years.

After school, he took a break before joining college and during that time, he modelled for about six months. He became a regular on the ramp, worked for several fashion weeks, and also became a favourite of the maverick fashion designer Rohit Bal. But he was careful to keep up with his studies. Sahir, whose family is settled in London, moved first to the USA where he graduated, and then to London to complete his masters in International business. After a long sabbatical, he moved back to India, settled in Goa and took up modelling again.

The fashion industry and designers love him for his old-world looks and the way he carries his clothes. His curly hair and skin tone set him apart from the other models.

Sahir has a recipe for doing well in his field. “Keep away from all the politics,” he says. “I am an insider who’s an outsider. Just do your work.”

Sahir divides his time between Delhi, London and Goa, where he owns a beach club, Praia. That’s because he knows that modelling is not a long-term career option.

“I will be happy if modelling takes me somewhere good, otherwise I have other interests too – there are plans to be part of reality TV, and plans to get into film production. I have also launched a music label in Goa,” he says.

Would he ever want to join the film industry? “If I do, I don’t ever want to be an actor,” says Sahir. “I want to be in the production side of things.”

Claim to fame
Done International campaigns - Hugo Boss and a few in Pakistan. Also walked the ramp for India’s big designers.
Has done campaigns for Pepsi and Cadbury.

From HT Brunch, December 26

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First Published: Dec 24, 2010 15:23 IST