Nina's mantra: Live life queensize
Kuwait born and bred ramp scorcher Nina Manuel known for her dusky looks and lissome frame, got into modelling by sheer chance. "My father worked for Air India and we were living in the Middle East for a long time till our family decided to come back. I won the Look of the Year in '96, Mumbai while I was studying commerce at Mithi Bai College," says Nina.
After Mehr Jessia spotted her and offered her a show for Ensemble, there was no looking back for Manuel, with Shahab Durazi and Tarun Tahiliani quickly adopting her. A professional violin player, Nina believes that her bad Hindi would make it tough to do a Hindi film, but she'd love to do an item number like Yana Gupta. "But now it's been almost five years since I started catwalking and I still enjoy every moment of it. My motto in life is simple: have more fun this year than you did last year," says Nina.
Nina however, has become aware of the changing scenario and hopes to pursue a career in either PR or news-reading on TV. "I've been in the spotlight for so long, it's going to be tough to survive without it. Supermodels who say you can do without the limelight are lying to themselves because you can't do without the glitz and the glamour: they are addictive," says Nina.
Nina's excited about being a part of LIFW again and believes it's a great platform for those who are trying for a break on the ramp. "LIFW is a great way to get noticed: as it's one of the best attended events in fashion calendar," says Nina.
To keep in shape Nina is a regular at Arya Vidya Mandir, (Santa Cruz, Mumbai) where she learns yoga everyday between 7.00 am to 8.00 am. And that follows a workout in a gym for half an hour, and a strict vegetarian diet. "Like many of the other models I too switch off once the show is over and yoga helps me deal better with my anger and the jealousy that pervades the modelling world. But I would like to advise newcomers to keep their head on their shoulders and refuse money if the offers pouring are not in sync with their beliefs," concludes Nina.