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Being a showstopper is a model’s birthright: Ujjwala Raut

Supermodel Ujjwala Raut displays a creation of fashion designer Monisha Jaising during the Lakme Fashion Week in Mumbai. Photo: PTI

Supermodel Ujjwala Raut displays a creation of fashion designer Monisha Jaising during the Lakme Fashion Week in Mumbai. Photo: PTI  

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Supermodel Ujjwala Raut on catwalking and more

Indian fashion designers often opt for a Bollywood celebrity as a showstopper. But Indian supermodel Ujjwala Raut, who has walked the runway for international luxury brands like Yves Saint Laurent, Roberto Cavalli and Dolce & Gabbana, says it is the birthright of models.

The supermodel, who walked as a showstopper for designer Monisha Jaising’s show at the ongoing Lakme Fashion Week winter-festive 2015 here, says she is “very proud and honoured to be the showstopper.” Ujjwala, who has walked the ramp at Milan, Paris and New York fashion weeks, says, “It’s a great feeling to know that I am still remembered even though I have been in and out and have been busy being a mother too. But it’s a great honour to see that finally fashion is coming back to models. I feel that the designers should think that it’s the models and not the actresses who are going to look fabulous in the outfit.”

She also believes Bollywood is one of the reasons why the Indian fashion industry has not produced supermodels after the likes of Madhu Sapre and Milind Soman.

“If there is a demand, there is a supply. It’s just that Bollywood is something that everybody wants to do after modelling. If you don’t really go international, or if you don’t have something to fall back on besides modelling, the next step has to be Bollywood.”

The model, who loves doing yoga and eating right to stay healthy, shot to fame when she won a title at the Miss India beauty pageant in 1996, when she was just 17. She was pushed by her elder sister to join the glamorous field, and after that, there was no looking back.

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