'Designs for men don't get credit'

Updated on Apr 01, 2006 04:09 PM IST

The trials of being a male model, Muzamil Ibrahim gets candid with Anita Seth.

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He put his foot down in 2004 by walking out of LIFW! Muzamil Ibrahim gets candid with Anita Seth and speaks out-and-out on what happens behind the backdrops & why he chose not to walk out of IFW this year.

You & other two models created news in 2004 by walking out of LIFW, what happened?
LIFW did not take the male models seriously that year. As a result some of the male models were deprived from basic facilities like boarding, food and even travel. I felt strongly about this, decided to take a stand and speak up.

I knew I would be heard in the fashion week and that's exactly what happened. With me, two other fellow models Ajay Balhara & Aditya Bal too put their foot down. Things did change after that; and male models got their due credit. I got a call from IFW this year and saw no reason not to accept their offer.

What are your thoughts on creations showcased at LIFW / IFW?
I think designers, who create creations and designs for men, are not given due credit. Also some of the young designers' creations that I have seen are not up to the mark.

How did modelling come along?
Before modelling I was doing my mechanical engineering from Jamia Millia in Delhi. But I just about managed to study engineering for four months. I won the Gladrags Manhunt title in the year 2003, and I was only 19 years old!

Any bolt from the blue moments on/off the ramp….
After my show in Delhi, a girl came up and kissed me without saying anything and I could do nothing. May be because she was cute!
Any one specific fashion brand that you would like to work with?
I would love to endorse Armani.

What next now after modeling & music videos?
I see modeling as a profession and not as a way of living. I never wanted to be a model but destiny has few things in store for you so I had to give in. I am just waiting to sign up a movie, which has me playing the lead role. People say I am a good actor and I can dance well, so I am already a star for myself. But you guys will see me shine very soon.

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