Q. Pune’s position in the fashion and lifestyle industry of India and at what rate is the industry growing in India.
The fashion industry in Pune is growing, and Fashion knows no boundaries. We widen our horizons to reach the best of the fashion world. Pune Fashion Week will now go to various other cities in India and International. It is our vision to build respected platform that offers equal opportunities to all the existing professionals, upcoming talent and key stakeholders in the fashion industry and to give them a platform to showcase their strengths worldwide and assist industry players in exploring the consumer market.
Q. Modeling Industry of India – Where does it stand in a global scenario.
The thriving Indian modeling industry is now setting up its eye to reach the international platform, to perform in various shows such as Asia Model Festival. Time has come where the young girls have moved out to step forward to represent our country and contribute to make India rank among the top 5 fashion capitals. Today they are doing courses for enhancing their beauty and intelligence to be more professional. They glimpse it as a career to attain more fame and money with a fabulous lifestyle. It was after the success attained at The Miss Universe and Miss World show, in which our Indian beauties were crowned, that the mind set of people changed and they foresee a future as a model.
Q. Please share more insights about the face of “India | Nepal | Sri Lanka” events happening in Asia.
Pune Fashion Week in association with the Korea Model Association launched Face of India in 2015 and launched Face of Nepal and Face of Sri Lanka in 2016. The 11th Asia Model Festival was held in Suwon, South Korea from May 10th to May 21st, 2016. The festival is considered to be Asia’s biggest beauty and culture event and this year the contest included 125 models from 25 Asian countries that made it through the preliminaries compete in the final contest. The participants are trained and groomed by international choreographers and mentors. This year we are proud to announce that India has bagged the title. Rishabh Bajaj won Asia Star Model, Jitesh Thakur – Promising Talent of Asia and Ankush Kukreja – Face of Asia from India.
Q. What prospects do the winners of these competitions get with your association.
Winners get a chance to represent their own country at the New Star Asia Model Contest. They are trained and groomed by international choreographers and mentors. They get to interact with international modeling agencies and get to work with them. They get a complete make over by Korea Model Association and become the brand Ambassador if they bag the Asia New Star Model title. The participants also get to meet different people from the same fraternity, experience their culture, their ways and get an abundance of exposure.
Q. How would you place Modeling as a career.
Modeling today has become one of the most sought after career options for youngsters in India. This is one of the most thrilling as well as lucrative profession, it attracts males and females equally, though there was a time when females dominated the field. With the expansion of consumerism and media, there has been a fabulous boost in the ad industry. This along with an upsurge in the fashion industry has made modeling an attractive career option. It has generated a large and continuing demand for fresh faces and personalities to launch and promote a variety of branded products or show a garment to its best advantage.
Q. Is modeling a safe career to pursue?
Modeling is undoubtedly a glamorous field, which offers tremendous opportunities to travel and meet various classes of people. For example, Asia Model Festival organised by Korea Model Association that protects the models rights and interest. It’s a perfect global platform for talent across the sectors of modeling, design, fashion, acting and music. It not only promotes global business but also gives an opportunity to exchange ideas with the relevant talent and movers and shakers from all across the world. Moreover once established it is a highly paid job. Even with all these plus points it involves a lot of hard work, dedication, and perseverance to be successful in this field. It is a highly competitive and short- lived career. The job also requires a lot of stamina and patience.
Q. What opportunities does modeling bring for the men and the fairer sex?
Pageants like Face of India for models are a great start and a big break in their career. It helps the fresh buds to compete with the industry’s leading models. It brings forward new talent and creates a bright pedestal for the deserving fresh flairs in the fashion industry.
Q. What care should a model take to make their professional career a success.
Despite the glamor and hype you have seen about the modeling profession, it’s hard work. It’s tedious. It’s filled with rejection, ups, and downs. It’s a lifestyle, not a 9-6 job. A model needs to be seriously committed about modeling, willing to work at it, live a healthy lifestyle, etc. There are many people who want to be models, and they do everything they can to be successful.
Q. What attribute makes a successful model.
The modeling industry needs all different shapes and sizes. It ranges from the models that are required for the runways as well as those being seen in the backgrounds of commercials. Some people may be physically beautiful, and while this is a plus, they may not be model beautiful. There is a difference between the beauty that is seen in everyday life, and the beauty that is seen in models. ‘Fresh’ is always the trend, and attitudes tend to change with time. The trend over the past twenty years seems to have been ‘non-smiling and moody’ but this has begun to change recently.
Besides, the “it” factor consists of the confidence; coolness that models can give off while casually walking down a runway. It is hard to explain what this truly is, but you can’t learn it – you either have it, or you don’t.
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