India’s finest to go on parade


  • Nation
  • Saturday, 29 Nov 2003

KUALA LUMPUR: Sixteen of India’s finest models are here for the Incredible India 2003 fashion fiesta, which will see them take to the catwalk at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel from Tuesday to Thursday. 

Like most professional models, who are attuned to living out of the suitcase, the models arrived here on Thursday morning and were up and running at the Indian High Commission to greet the Commissioner to Malaysia Veena Sikri and other officials of the event. 

Two of the most outstanding faces among the 16 are Nina Manuel and Diandra Soare, who have the experience of sashaying down the catwalk in London, Paris, Milan and New York. 

What a bevy of beauties from India.

However, unlike most models who yearn to break into the international circuit, both Manuel and Soare harbour no dreams of parading foreign fashion labels. 

“Life in India has been very easy and work is also coming my way. So, unless someone comes to me and says 'hey I am taking you', I will not think beyond what I am doing now,” said Manuel, who has been modelling for five years. 

As for Soare, she said she finds no reason to fight for jobs with Caucasian models overseas. 

“I think I am pampered. You can only be a queen or king (in modelling) if you’re in your own country. Besides, the foreign designers are not too willing to use Asian models. 

“I have struggled for over six years in my own country and I won’t struggle for another six years just to break into the international scene,” said the 25 year-old. 

According to the girls, top models in India are paid between Rs6,000 to Rs20,000(RM600 to RM2,000) per show and most are living comfortable lives. 

All the 16 models will parade designs by Tarun Tahiliani, J.J. Valaya and Neeta Lulla for the fashion show being held in conjunction with Incredible India 2003, which will include a trade exhibition, education seminar and an Indian Film Festival at Genting’s Arena of the Stars on Sunday, when a 25-minute sneak preview of the fashion show will be held. 

For more information, call Latha at 03-7955 0835.  

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