India is known for its rich cultural heritage and Indian women are known for being one of the most alluring people on the planet. The fashion industry of the country is also very well connected. The last two decades have witnessed a rising trend for female models from India to walk international ramps and debut as showstoppers.
Everybody knows the celebrities who have successfully transitioned to films but some supermodels have remained in the field despite receiving lucrative offers from Bollywood. In the following lines, we will introduce you to some of the biggest names of the Indian fashion industry.
- Candice Pinto
Having walked the ramp for her first show with the likes of Madhu Sapre, Bipasha Basu, Helen Brodie, and all the other big names of the Indian fashion industry, Candice Pinto has come a long way. She debuted on the stage at a time when getting noticed was a hard thing because everyone was just as good as the other.
She shot to limelight in 2002 when she became the first Indian to win the Miss Tourism International and has been a regular on the covers of fashion magazines since then.
Born and brought up in Mumbai, she also holds a Master’s degree in Economics. Along with focusing on her modeling career, she also has aspirations of becoming an animator. Although she is quite vested in her career as of now, pursuing animation is also high on her list.
- Ujjwala Raut
One of the few Indian models who have no intention of making a transition to the silver screen. Ujjwala Raut was flooded with Bollywood offers at one time but she turned them all down to focus on her modeling career and on meeting the demands of being a young mother.
Having started her career in 1996 when she won the Femina Fresh Look of the year, she dived straight into modeling. Now 40, she is the most successful Indian model overseas. From Hugo Boss to Gucci to Victoria’s Secret, she has done shows for them all.
- Nina Manuel
Nina was voted as one of the Top 50 most stylish people by Elle magazine (India) for five consecutive years. She has also been voted as one of the 100 sexiest women in the world by both Maxim and FHM. Not only has she walked the ramp for the biggest names in the Indian Fashion industry but has also graced the cover of the biggest fashion magazines in the country (Cosmopolitan, Maxim, FHM, Elle, etc).
Nina Manuel has been at the forefront of the Indian fashion industry for more than a decade. Apart from making her name as a model, she has also won accolades as a presenter. Presently, she is working on expanding her horizons, indulging in design, fashion and events, and shuffling between Mumbai and New York.
- Alesia Raut
An Indian model of Russian origins, Alesia Raut has pushed through odds and obstacles to reach where she is today. Her philosophy in life has been her guiding light: “You never fail until you give up; don’t pursue stories of others, unfold your adventure.” From jewelry brands to fashion houses, Alesia has walked the ramp for almost every major name in the country.
Today, at 38 years of age, not only is she one of the most recognized faces of the Indian fashion industry but is also an actor, an anchor, and a reality show enthusiast. Presently, she has taken on the role of a mentor and trains Femina Miss India and Miss India Universe pageants.
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