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TEAM SMOKE STUDIO: ALESIA RAUT

One would think the supermodel phenomenon of the late '80s and '90s couldn't happen again. It was the time, the era. But with those supermodels combining forces to form talent agency 'Smoke Studio' that discovers and mentors models.. there's unbridled excitement for what's coming. Today we have an exclusive blog by Alesia Raut whose transformation from timid finalist in The Times Group's Look Of The Year 1999 to fashion's darling was nothing short of magical. Few know she has been giving back to the industry by mentoring Femina Miss India finalists and now new models as part of Team Smoke Studio.

"The modelling industry has changed a lot since the time I stepped in. At that time it was still establishing itself as a serious profession. So I learned with it. but I don't think I missed out on anything! Today there's a lot more work and it's more organised. Modelling is now a serious profession and the new generation of models has better options to start from somewhere good and can get the best of people to work with all under one roof.

I decided to come on board 'Smoke Studio' as I love mentoring. A mentor is important. In college when I participated in an inter-college competition my mentor was Achla Sachdev and when I decided to make modelling my career following 'Look Of The Year' in 1999 it was Lubna Adams and Noyonika Chatterjee. An experience that inspired me to discover and mentor aspirants was in 2008 when Marc Robinson wanted a ramp walk trainer for 'Femina Miss India' and I was glad to help as I love teaching. It was one of the best ways to give back to a profession that has giving me so much. It's what I'm doing today. My responsibility at 'Smoke Studio' is Ramp Walk Trainer. I teach models how to walk with poise- how to hone their individual skill set- how to carry a particular garment- how to walk in different style of heels etc. I share what I have learned in the business with aspirants who need guidance.
        
In today's time a model need to come prepared for that one chance you are given so he or she needs to have basic knowledge of ramp walking. Being a model is not about just being pretty; models must have knowledge of styling themselves and come up with ideas. It creates a niche if they have knowledge of the craft. Later with every show one just keeps getting better. Also there are pitfalls models should keep in mind: you are never a loser unless you attempt quitting. Also friend circles matters so do not get influenced easily! On a personal note.. confidence comes with experience. You know.. till date I get nervous but it's good as it keeps me alert. I'm always thinking of how to present the garment in the best possible way. On a parting note when I'm not working I like spending time with my seven year old son Mark and family and also working out."
 

SMOKE STUDIO
ALESIA RAUT
 
15-SEPTEMBER-2014
 
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