Babuji... watch out for Yana
Photos: Rajeev Bhatt
Yana Gupta... time now for another item number?
SHE CAN kill with her eyes, she can wound with her smile... . Billy Joel's song fits like a crown when one describes Czech beauty Yana Gupta.
"I aspired to become a landscape artist but got into modelling," she says with no tinge of regret.
Her foray into the world of modelling began at the age of 16 with a catalogue shoot for a European brand `Ahava'."I travelled to Europe and Japan for assignments like Toyota and Honda etc and tried to strike a balance between my career and college. My teachers were extremely supportive.
I was considered `a cool chic' for I was the only one who could speak English better than the students and the teachers," relates Yana with streak of pride.
Her spirit of adventure to unravel new destinations and an escapade from her hectic schedule took her to Goa and then to Pune, where she married her artist husband Satyakam Gupta.
After trying her hand at jewellery making, meditation and computers, she decided to make a comeback to modelling. Having e-mailed her profile to photographers, Farooq Chothia got back to her.
She has since walked the ramp for designers like J.J. Vallaya, Rina Dhaka, Rohit Bal and Manish Malhotra, etc endorsed products like Lakme, Sony and LG, etc and serenaded babujis in the `Babuji zara dheere chalo' number from "Dum". On doing item numbers and acting, says she , on an enthusiastic note "I just love dancing and will continue doing item numbers. But acting will take a little while."
Her philosophy in life is "believe in yourself and never be affected by what others think about you. Follow the heart. That's all".
In Delhi, as the brand ambassadress for the house of Christian Dior, Yana reiterates, "I marvel Christian Dior for its finesse. Representing their make is like living a dream."
"Dior has come out with exotic watches that spell complete luxury," claims Ravi Thakran, Regional managing director LVMH Watch and Jewellery.
If only time could stand still ... Yana would immortalise beauty.
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