'Designs for men don't get credit'
The trials of being a male model, Muzamil Ibrahim gets candid with Anita Seth.
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!
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.