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The glitz, glamour, arc lights and hopping from one city to another is the dream of those who want to make a career in modeling. Some pretty faces, who are seen smiling from print and electronic media, must have walked by fire to shine like a star. It has taken them years of grooming and style with the right attitude to go places. Mrs. India Worldwide 2014 Aman Grewal, Deborah Doris Fell, Ayesha Fatima, Janvee Kalra and Srishti Vyakaranam share on why they took up modeling, future plans and what they want to do to better the Society.

If one has been bestowed with a pretty face, good height, physique, la Greek God or Goddess, one is sure that one is aiming to go places and be seen everywhere. Making a small beginning, young girls and boys want to be seen by promoting local brands and after taking small steps want to go national, followed by world titles and career in films. Sushmita Sen, Aishwarya Rai, Lara Dutta, Priyanka Chopra are some names that ring a bell in this direction. Recent Mr. World title winner Rajeev Khandelwal, an engineer from Rohtak, is an actor on the small screen.

Aman Grewal, Mrs. India Worldwide 2014, says that the first time, she ever walked the ramp was in college for the ‘Miss Fresher’ contest. “I realised that I enjoyed being on stage.  That’s how it all began. But it was more like a hobby then. It was only after I won Mrs. India Worldwide 2014 that I took it up more seriously,” says Aman. For Deborah Doris Fell, a Runner Up in a beauty contest, modeling happened by chance. “And then later went on to become a passion. Started with a local beauty pageant and ended up with the title of ‘Miss Beautiful Hair’. Even though I didn’t win the main title, I pursued modeling after the pageant because I fell in love with it,” says Deborah.Ayesha Fatima, Freelance Model and Anchor, who has worked with ETV Urdu and Doordarshan channels, and also with NGO Smile as Treasurer, says that the modeling industry always had a great impact on her. “When I was small I used to watch Fashion TV and I’d pose in front of the mirror. Acting like a model! (Haha.) As I grew up, I had made up my mind that I wanted to give it a try. And since I began, I started enjoying my work. Just like the saying: ‘Do what you love to do and you are never working’,” says Ayesha.

Janvee Kalra, who moved from Bhopal to make Hyderabad her home, since a teenager has been interested in walking the ramp. Srishti Vyakaranam made many hearts flutter, when she walked the Yamaha Fascino Miss Diva 2016 finals. She discloses that right from childhood she had enjoyed being on stage may it be for dancing or small school shows. “I work as a business development manager and do modeling at the same time. Modeling is a passion for me which I do to keep myself happy,” says Srishti.

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Questioned on what was shown in the movie ‘Fashion’ is true, Aman says that it is true for some, but it’s not true for everyone. “There are all kinds of people in the industry. Some like to take shortcuts. Some would go the right way, come what may. Some give in to the pressure of establishing themselves. Some stand their ground. So it’s all individual. But, definitely it’ not an easy industry to make inroads. You need a lot of patience and perseverance in addition to hard work and talent,” says Mrs. India Worldwide.

Deborah too says that to a certain extent, what was exhibited in ‘Fashion’ happens. “They have captured the good and bad side of the field. But, I’d also like to say not every model’s journey is the same. We all choose different paths and end up where it takes us, be it good or bad. As long as you have your head on your shoulders and your feet firmly planted on the ground and you don’t compromise on your moral values then I’d say you are on the right track,” she says.

However, Ayesha plays safe. “Well, there are highs and lows in every profession. Each to their own,” she says. “Partly yes, but, however, at the end it’s a movie also it depends on individual human being how to work for their career,” says Janvee. Srishti adds: “I haven’t come across anything of this sort so far but I would not deny the fact that things of that sort don’t happen because a coin always has two sides to it.”

Aman after finishing her Masters in Economics and winning gold medals for both the years, decided to take up modeling as a career. Her parents were convinced that since she had completed her studies it was perfectly okay with whatever she decided to do after that. Deborah says that her parents have always been very understanding and supportive. “But, yeah since my mom was a model in her days, she was hesitant in the beginning about me getting into the field because I was quite young when I first started. She thought I wouldn’t be able to handle all of what came my way. So, she advised me not to go ahead with this career. So, I took a break after the Pageant but then when I got an assignment to be on the cover page of a magazine. She allowed me to go for it and from then on there has been no looking back. She saw that I could handle myself very well and that I was very independent and wise when it came to taking decisions. She let me be myself,” says Deborah.

“My parents were and are still pretty cool about it. As long as it makes me happy .In fact, my Mom is always the happiest one when she sees my pictures in the newspapers. I am blessed,” Ayesha says. Janvee’s parents had mixed reactions. “They were proud at the same time and concerned because it’s not considered a very good profession,” says Janvee. Srishti says: “My parents have appreciated the fact that I wanted to do both modeling and working at the same time.”

Talking about the challenges in the beauty and fashion industry, Aman says that this industry is quite unpredictable and there is a lot of competition and at times things are not fair. “Also there is pressure about looking a certain way. You have to constantly work on your fitness, etc. Another hard part is that there are no set work timings. Sometimes you are working for 2-3 days at a stretch with hardly any rest in between,” says the beauty queen.

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Deborah loves challenges. “So, whenever anything hard comes my way. I take it in my stride to be positive and learn from it. But, odd time schedules I believe is the hardest part about being in the beauty and fashion industry for me,” she says.

“The hardest for me is keeping a track of my calorie intake,” says Ayesha. Janvee says: “To maintain dignity and self-respect.” Srishti says that there is a lot of competition in this industry. “To overcome a lot of things is a little hard,” she says.

Monetarily, in the beginning there is a lot of struggle involved, agrees Aman. “Many times you have to work for free. It is only when you get established that you get paid what you deserve,” Aman says.

Deborah is content with the remuneration she is getting at this stage of her life. “It depends on your experience as to how you are being paid. So, no complaints from my end,” Deborah says. Ayesha says: “It’s pretty good.” Janvee states that sometimes very good and sometime it’s average. However, Srishti prefers to skip this question.

Sharing the brands, she is associated with, the Mrs. India Worldwide 2104 says: “Lately, I have been associated with Label Sailesh Singhania, Gandhian Fab by Amin Farishta, Colour Splash, Azalea etc. Other than this I have been into Pageant training and grooming. This year, I groomed contestants of pageants- Purple Queen 2016 at Wellington, Mrs. Punjab Pride of Nation 2016. Two more pageants are lined up in the next couple of months,” she says.

Deborah has been associated with a lot of brands. “The latest brands would be Kingfisher, Chandana Bros, RS Bros, Kirtilals, Tarun Tahliani, Neeta Lulla and a whole lot of other brands as well,” she says. Ayesha has worked with many reputed brands, “But, yet I am a freelancer.”

Janvee has been associated with Taruni, Indian wear, Hyderabad fashion week 2013, Kashish, Kirtilal Jwellers, Grandeur, True Jet, ETV Rajasthan. On the other hand, Srishti has worked with the H label and with Prasad Bidappa.

Explaining whether, one agrees with the ideologies of the brand they promote, Aman says: “I agree to endorse a brand only when I believe in their ideology.”

Deborah says that if she advertises for a brand, she makes sure it is quite real and helpful to the consumer. “It shouldn’t just appeal to them as just another product but they should be able to relate and buy it. If the ideologies really make sense to me, then I would definitely want to promote it not just on screen but off screen as well,” Deborah says. Ayesha takes up things only she believes in. “Haven’t come across any such assignments,” says Janvee.

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Aman Grewal, who has moved from the city of Pearls to Patiala, in April this year, says in the next 10 years, she will be associated with many social causes. “I see myself bringing in a lot of change in the mindset of people….Gender, Environment, Women’s health and security etc. I might join politics too,” she says.

Deborah prefers to keep the suspense on her plans. “So, I’d just say that’s for me to know and for you to guess,” she says. “Plan for five or ten years from now is unpredictable,” says Ayesha. “We all know that, the future is uncertain. Yet, I see myself not working as a freelancer instead becoming the face of international brands,” says Ayesha.

Janvee says that’s a long way to go. “Hopefully I will do well and succeed in what I believe in,” says Janvee. Srishti says: “I want to see myself as a very successful Supermodel and a businesswoman.” If Aman gets an offer for a film with a good message, she would surely take it up. “But I don’t see myself running around trees just looking pretty,” she says as a matter of fact.Deborah definitely wants to work in films if it’s a good banner with a good script and an amazing director. “I have been getting a lot of offers to work in films but waiting for the best one to come my way,” she says. “Only if I get a good opportunity,” says Janvee. Srishti says: “Yes, I do aspire to work in films.”

Sharing her idols, Aman says that it is Sushmita Sen. “I admire her in so many ways. She is the true epitome of beauty, grace and substance. What she did at such a young age, adopting two girls, bringing them up so beautifully as a single parent, it is commendable. How many people have we seen doing something so noble like this? There is so much to learn from her,” Aman says. For Deborah, her idol is Tyra Banks. “The name says it all,” she says. “I’d say Carol Gracias. I consider her as an idol for her intrepidity,” says Ayesha. For Srishti, Priyanka Chopra is the idol in fashion industry because she is a talented woman who is good at everything she does. “She is a successful model, a versatile actress, singer and she has made India proud too by working with people abroad,” says Srishti.

For Mrs. India Worldwide, beauty means being beautiful inside, as this will surely reflect on ‘your face and you will look immensely beautiful outside’.

“We all are works in progress. Being beautiful from the inside out is what matters to me. Beauty to me is confidence, uniqueness, pride, kindness, positivity. Beauty can be found everywhere if you are open to seeing it. Size 0 or size 30, beauty is inside us all. We just need to accept ourselves and let the awesomeness inside shine through,” Deborah says.

Ayesha says: “According to me, having a beautiful heart makes you look beautiful from the outside.” Even Janvee approves that beauty is anything that appeals to the other person without changing his/her perception. “Beauty according to me is beauty of soul, if a person is beautiful from within it automatically reflects outside with people and the way they present themselves,” Srishti says.

Aman Grewal says that at every stage in life one does get influenced by many people. “In addition to my parents and my husband, I would like to mention two names- Mrs. Jyoti Bhardwaj and Mrs. Soni Sangwan. These two amazing women have guided me, inspired me and motivated me and I really feel blessed to have them in my life,” she says.

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“It has got to be my mom. She has been my pillar of strength. She has made me the person who I am today,” says Deborah. Without batting an eye lid, Ayesha says: ‘My Mother’. “Looking at people making it big in life have influenced me no person in specific,” says Srishti.

When questioned on improving green cover in our country, Aman says that India is a great country, but there are several issues which need attention. “Firstly, we must focus on doing our job honestly and sincerely, half of the problems will get sorted. Secondly, the way the political parties may not agree with each other’s ideologies, but there is no harm in praising a good job done for the sake of our country. Also if we start living with more discipline in life, things can really improve,” she says.

Deborah says she would reduce energy use, change the way about transportation, insulate her home, and make every water drop count, switch to green power, recycle most of the things at home and plant lots of trees. “I do most of these on a day-to-day basis and a few others I’d like to incorporate very soon in my everyday lifestyle,” she says. “Personally, my bit to the environment would be that I’d plant more trees in and around my locality and also encourage others on having a healthy environment. I would personally follow the Swacch Bharat campaign and make sure all of us put the waste in the trash can,” says Ayesha.

Janvee’s mantra for green cover is asking fellow citizens to start using public/state transport, reduce wastage of energy and water. Srishti says environment of our country will change if each and every one changes. “I would want to work with hospitals, education system, old age homes and orphanages,” Srishti says.

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Aman Grewal

Five things you can’t live without

5 km run, my sneakers, home cooked food, my watch, my laptop

Your favorite book, movie, song

My favourite movie is ‘Yeh Zindagi na milegi dobara’, fav book- ‘The Power of Intention’ by Dr Wayne W Dyer. Fav songs are many….I am fond of listening to all kinds and genres of music.

Your motto or life advice that you live by

In life, it’s important to keep it simple and keep your basics right, you’ll never go wrong.

Your craziest, most ridiculous college memories

I was a very sincere student, so never did anything crazy….though I regret it now. I was too disciplined and boring. Anyone who bunked classes would come to me for notes…lol.

What do you like to do for fun?

I enjoy watching movies and outdoor activities, playing sports etc.

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What are the 5 things you can’t live without?

Bible, Phone, Kajal, Lipstick and a good perfume

What is your favorite book, movie, song?

I love all the books by Paulo Coelho, Nicholas Sparks and the Shiva Trilogy. Favorite movie - Pretty Woman, song - ‘Bless my Soul’.

What’s your motto or life advice that you live by?

The more difficulties one has to encounter, within and without, the more significant and the higher in inspiration his life will be - Horace Bushnell

What is one of your craziest, most ridiculous college memories?

The boys following me till home just to see where I live. (Laughs out loud.)

What do you like to do for fun?

Spending time with my friends and eating biryani all the time is my idea of my fun.

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Ayesha Fatima

What are the 5 things you can’t live without?

Coffee, Water, Food, My cellphone and Debit card

What is your favorite book, movie, song?

It’s not me It’s you by Mhairi Mcfarlane; Delivery man; The Nights – Avicii

What’s your motto or life advice that you live by?

Be so busy improving yourself that you have no time to criticise others.

What is one of your craziest, most ridiculous college memories?

When I was in the first year of Intermediate me and my friends were caught bunking. That day changed my life. I never bunked ever after that nor did I ever hide anything from my family.

What do you like to do for fun?

Road trips

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Janvee Kalra

What are the 5 things you can’t live without?

Family, travel, food, shopping and good job

What is your favorite book, movie, song?

Meri Soni meri tamanna..

What’s your motto or life advice that you live by?

Live and let live.

What is one of your craziest, most ridiculous college memories?

Bunking college and struggling for attendance during exams

What do you like to do for fun?

Try new things or activities

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Srishti Vyakaranam

What are the 5 things you can’t live without?

The confidence and belief I have in things; Family and friends; Phone; Food; Happiness

What is your favorite book, movie, song?

The Alchemist; Inside out; Diamonds by Rihanna

What’s your motto or life advice that you live by?

Life is short, Live it with Happiness.

What is one of your craziest, most ridiculous college memories?

Craziest thing we did was one of my senior had to go to her native place and we wanted her to stay for one extra day. She said she could try staying but then she was indecisive so we made her miss her train by taking her around the city talking to her diverting her mood.

What do you like to do for fun?

Spending time with friends and dance.

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