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A model life

Aanchal Kumar Photo: K. V. Srinivasan  

Aanchal Kumar, 32

Started modelling as a 17-year-old in 2001.

Daily routine

I like waking up early and doing yoga. Then, I do a bunch of chores, hit the gym thrice a week, swim twice a week and lounge.

Most hectic fashion event?

Fashion weeks. There are back-to-back shows — I end up doing three to four a day. In between those I read, listen to music and try and get some shut eye.

What do you love and hate about your job?

I love meeting interesting and glamorous people. The big names from the industry are inspiring. I get to travel a lot. It’s not a nine-to-five job and I can choose when I want to work and when I don’t. On the flip side, it’s a physically demanding job — we are on high heels most of the time.

Beauty and diet regimen

I visit my dermatologist once a month and go for clean-ups. Never sleep with makeup on. Luckily, I don’t have a sweet tooth. I’ve replaced rice with brown rice and even rotis are made of brown rice flour. I have five small meals a day and like tossing up my own salad. I eat fish five times a week.

Cheat meal

I am a Punjabi so I love my parathas with white butter.

How do you unwind?

Watch a good move. Hang out with friends with a glass of wine or two.

A misconception about models that you hear a lot.

Models don’t eat anything. Of course we eat ( laughs).






Candice Pinto, 33

Started modelling in 2001 as an 18-year-old.

Daily routine

Life is easier when I travel. When I am back in the city I have errands to run and drive in Mumbai traffic. My day begins at 9 a.m. and ends by 2 a.m.

Most hectic fashion event.

It really depends on what event or what brand or designer you’re walking for.

What do you love and hate about your job?

I love that I am passionate about what I do. It’s long hours and not easy money.

Beauty and diet regimen

I try and work out as much as I can and go for a swim. I eat whatever I get. During fashion weeks my diet is more controlled and I socialise little less then.

Cheat meal

Desserts. Actually all meals are cheat meals ( laughs).

How do you unwind?

Watch a movie and do nothing. I love being home.

A misconception about models that you hear a lot.

People think it’s an easy job and all we do is walk around dressed up. We actually work more than 12 hours.






Ujjwala Raut, 37

Started modelling in 1996 as a 17-year-old.

Daily routine

I have a 10-year-old daughter. A lot of things revolve around her. My day starts at 6.30 a.m. if I’m not shooting. After I drop her in school, I go for yoga. I have a light breakfast and lunch. If I’m shooting, I come home and get back to being a mother. I love to get to bed by 10.30 but it’s a luxury.

Most hectic fashion event

Things are not hectic unless you make it hectic. I have so many years of experience, nothing bothers me. It’s more fun when it’s even more hectic.

What do you love and hate about your job?

I love the glamour, the way you’re taken care of, travel and working with talented people. I made my life, career and name with this profession. I have nothing bad to say.

Beauty and diet regimen

I wear minimal make up and keep my skin clean. I drink raw vegetable juices as they are the best cleansers. I moisturise and use an SPF. I eat everything right from sugary muesli and cereals to omelettes. I have to constantly eat because I have high metabolism and lose weight fast. I don’t drink or smoke. I eat desserts and if I think I have a little paunch coming on, I go for a run.

Cheat meal

I am the worst person to go out for lunches and dinners with. I don’t have too many girl friends who want to go out with me. I just have one and thank god she eats a lot. The only person I can eat all the time with.

How do you unwind?

I begin with washing my face and taking a shower; watching TV or reading a book.

A misconception about models that you hear a lot.

I often hear things like ‘You cannot have a child and a career’. I have a daughter and I am still rocking.

(The models were part of the Spring Summer Fashion Show at Phoenix MarketCity)


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