She is one of the hottest faces on the Indian catwalk. Statuesque and sultry, 26-year-old model Lisa Haydon is as effervescent in real life as she is poised on the ramp. The actor-cum-model is now a judge in “The Hunt for Kingfisher Calendar Girl”. Here she chats about what it takes to look good and stay that way. Excerpts:
How did you bag the role of judge-cum-host in “Hunt for the Kingfisher Calendar Girl”?
NDTV Good Times approached me and it was too tempting to say ‘no’. A show with this sort of content seemed a perfect fit. I felt that I would have something to offer the girls in terms of advice with working in front of the camera and coping with the pressure of being a model and having to perform.
Does being a successful model imply that you can also evaluate new talent in the industry?
Absolutely, experience is the best teacher. I was able to give back from everything that I have learned over the years.
What are the golden rules of fashion industry? What tips would you give those who are looking to make it big in the modelling industry and maybe feature on the calendar?
Well, first of all you should, you must, look good to be in the business. Good body, beautiful face and good skin are definite prerequisites. Nobody wants to work with the diva that always stays grounded. Kingfisher Calendar is one of the best platforms. Confidence and versatility will take you far and perhaps onto the Kingfisher Calendar.
Whether in fashion or films, everyone seems to prefer light skin. Did you ever face any kind of discrimination due to a dusky skin tone?
Brown skin works exceptionally in the fashion world. People are just more forward thinking in fashion. In films I’ve never been expected to be the typical Punjabi girl next-door because I’m not. I’m too quirky and strong headed for that. I would consider my personality traits more of a hindrance to the stereotypical and antiquated than my skin colour.
How different are the jobs of a supermodel, an actor and a TV show judge? All require you to be a performer. Modelling is very much about conveying a message without words; it requires a lot more physical perfection. Acting is so much more about being natural and real, even if real is not perfect, because life is like that. With acting there is always so much to be learned... To host you need to always be on your toes because the contestants are listening to everything you are saying. The advice you give could make or break them. One also needs to be articulate.