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DARASING KHURANA
 

As the boom in menswear reaches a crescendo, thanks to pioneering menswear fashion showcase India Luxury Style Week, young men who wear high fashion on the catwalk are making their presence felt. As editor, I discovered embryonic talent there; among them a young man who impressed with his magnificent looks, clear focus and realist positive attitude. Meet Darasing Khurana.

 

''I hail from a small town 'Parbhani' in Maharashtra and started performing at a young age. I really enjoyed acting, giving speeches and compering school annual days. And then I won local contest Mr. Parbhani when I was 16, following which I moved to Pune for higher education. After completing high school at Symbiosis Pune, I moved to Mumbai to complete graduation and then MBA from the prestigious NMIMS University. Having said that, my interest in acting and modelling never took a backseat; after completing MBA, I dived into it full time. Yes, I did have an option of working in my family business or taking up a job that would reward me with a seven digit package but I chose to follow my heart, since I would rather do it and regret it, than live with regret of not doing it. 

 

Luck has favoured me. I debuted as a child actor in regional films and then I continued doing my studies. My parents have been supportive of my career choice to become a model but it is important to have a back up plan, in particular, to have a good education. I was determined to complete my MBA and then pursue my passion — since, I've acted in two short films, walked for design college graduation shows, a show with designer Rohit Verma in Dubai, and of course India Luxury Style Week in Bangalore!! That said, modelling is something I love. I always loved being in front of the camera. It looks a lot harder than it seems but I love it and would pursue it as a full-time career. I think what makes me a good model is the confidence factor. I am comfortable in my own skin and don't mind experimenting with my looks. When it comes to hitting the ramp, I feel I have the poise and am always prepared to give each assignment I undertake my best. Also, what sets me apart is that I'm determined to achieve my career goals and have a positive attitude towards life.

 

People often ask me about my diet and fitness regime… and that's touching a sensitive nerve! Being Punjabi, I'm a big foodie and a bigger dessert lover!! On the contrary, this profession demands fitness! So I just follow a simple mantra of minimum oil, minimum sweets and no carbs post 8 pm. I workout five days a week and as of now that just works fine!! Based on my own experience, the advice I would like to share with new models is — Be Yourself.  I have always believed in 'show who you are'. Don't change yourself to impress others. It's good to have a pleasing positive personality. Lastly, be ready for failures and struggle as that will teach you a lot of things and would take you a long way!

 

My recent project India Luxury Style Week was larger than life this year and I am honoured to have been a part of such a pioneering fashion showcase. I hope my association with ILSW continues for the longest time. And yes, Bengaluru is a beautiful city, the only drawback being everything shuts too early! Hahaha!! Well, looking forward, there are a few interesting assignments lined up but I am just waiting for the right time to announce them!''

— JASMEEN DUGAL

 
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