So it turns out our belle Freida Pinto will be presenting at the Golden Globes on Jan 15. I can't wait to see what our girl will wear!
Lakshmi Menon, BBA's favorite supermodel, gave a rare interview to India Ink at the New York Times. I thought her perspective, as one of the few Indian models who have made a huge splash in the fashion world, were very interesting and honest. I couldn't believe she is a size 4 and noone has ever asked for her autograph... what the?!
Why do you think there are so few supermodels of Indian origin?
There have been Indian girls who have made their mark in fashion like Ujjwala Raut, and I think our success is a lot about luck and being in the right place at the right time. Overall, though, it’s an industry that’s dominated by blond-haired, blue-eyed women. Other ethnicities come after.
Has being Indian helped or hindered you?
It has definitely worked to my advantage because I’m not just another white girl trying to make it. But I also don’t fall into the category of a classic Indian-looking girl, which has helped me get more work. People think I am South American, Middle-Eastern and other ethnicities so I tend to get booked more because I’m exotic looking and less because I’m Indian.
Are you recognized in India a lot more now than you used to be? Do fans ask you for autographs?
I tend to keep a low profile when I am at home so I am mostly left alone. Some people come up to me and tell me they admire my work, but no one has ever asked for my autograph, which I like – it would be too much to have all that attention on me.
What do you think about the expectation of thinness that come with being a model?No one in this industry wants you to be full-figured. The clothes are a certain size, and you have to fit them into them. Being anorexic is an issue. That said, there are prolific models like Naomi Campbell who are not super skinny, and more fashion magazines such as American Vogue make a point to feature models who are not extra thin. I personally am not unhealthily lean. When I first started in the business in my teens, I was very slim and still developing. I grew into being a woman in my 20s, and now there is no way I can fit into size zero. I am 5’10’’ and 56 kilos [123 pounds] and wear a size four.
Read the full interview here.