Therapeutic theory: That's Binal beyond the ramp
Montreal-born Binal Trivedi wanted to get into the Civil Services but it was because of destiny and friend Diandra Soares that she ended up as a model.
Now after five years on the ramp, Binal, whos gearing up for LIFW for the second time, is playing big sister to new entrant and sibling Pia, six years younger than her. "When I got into modelling I wasn't focused. I just looked at it as an option to travel and earn pocket money. The new generation of ramp walkers like Pia are different," she says.
At 25, Binal knows that models have short shelf lives. So, she's finishing a one-month course from PVA Ayurvedic Nursing Home in Kannur, Kerala. "I want to start my own health spa in Mumbai," she says. She'll also do an advanced course that'll enable her to make her own medicinal oils.
She's not keen on joining Bollywood. "Films will flop if I'm the heroine — given my bad Hindi, short hair and no flair for acting! Id rather concentrate on the spa and diversify into aromatherapy and homeopathy," says the St Xaviers College, Mumbai, Political Science graduate.
The 5'8" Binal, who weighs 50 kilos, never works out and in fact often overeats to put on weight. She attributes her toned body to dancing with Shaimak Davar for five years, till she got bored and decided to move on. "It got too strenuous and I'm basically a laidback person. Rather, modelling suited me just fine," she concludes.