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POOJA BIMRAH
 

Pooja Bimrah has scaled heights. After winning 'Miss World Heritage 2015' she was crowned 'Miss India Tourism 2016' and 'Miss World Supermodel—India 2017'. Independent, intelligent and beautiful — with a dazzling smile — she will be representing India in Hong Kong at 'Miss Supermodel World 2017'. Over to her.

 

If the gaze she casts on camera is frosty, her infectious smile and humble demeanour is winsome—qualities that warmed me up to her when I spent some time with her during Kair Kids Fashion Runway in Bengaluru where she was showstopper. ‘'I have always been fascinated with crowns and beauty pageants. But, in India, 'Beauty' is celebrated in a traditional orthodox perspective. I wanted to break the stereotype of fair, beautiful faces and be a part of the legendary categorisation of dusky supermodels and beauty queens. That's what made me enter the modelling fraternity and the pageantry world. What really made me win the title of 'Miss World Heritage' in South Africa among contestants from fifty countries? My association with tourism and heritage college projects — that brought the ball to my court.

 

I stared modelling in January '16 and since then there has been no looking back. Walking for Lakme Fashion Week is every young model's dream in India. Last season, when I got a chance to walk, it was a new high. Apart from that I've done campaigns for several designers including Elisha W, SS Surya, Manish Arora and Gauri Nainika and have also strutted International runways like Dubai Fashion Week and African Fashion Week. All of this in a single year. That is why I’m absolutely happy with what I'm doing right now. I'm passionate about my life and I want to explore more and more everyday. I have a long way to go and much more to achieve! This industry has a lot to offer. Over the months I've understood and analysed that and now I've launched my own travel and fashion series 'Travel In Style'. Guess who's the model in that show? ;) Soon I'll be travelling the world to film in different countries and I am working towards that each day! My second venture 'The Fashion Advocate', a styling consultancy company, is collaborating with International firms for celebrity styling. So I'm very excited about these two new ventures!

 

I'd like to share some advice here. Nowadays every young girl who feels she is beautiful wants to become a model. But they don't understand the amount of hard work and sheer effort that has to be put in to progress in the right direction. All of them are so fascinated seeing magazine covers and campaign pictures of professional models but little do they know it is team work. That said, if someone is really passionate about modelling, she should try her luck with no expectations because there are a million girls trying for it and not everyone is successful. Being street smart and worldly wise are two things the brain should be equipped with as you can be easily fooled in this big world.

 

​Reminiscing about last week, I was showstopper at Kair Kids Fashion Runway, which was a huge success. It has created a buzz in Bangalore and people are awaiting its second season! Bangalore has always been a nice city to me with the oh-so amazing lounges to chill at with school and college friends who are working there. Looking ahead, I'm representing India in two International pageants this year. Miss World Supermodel 2017 in Hong Kong next month and Miss World Peace 2017 in Taiwan, come September. Along with this, modelling projects include campaigns, lookbook shoots and a few fashion weeks where I'll be showstopper.''

— JASMEEN DUGAL

 
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