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NAVED KHAN
 
 

He's a doctor, model and actor. Meet StyleSkool protege Naved Khan.

 

"I had always wanted to do some creative work, but never really knew what it could be, until Abhimanyu Singh Tomar introduced me to the world of Fashion and its creative opportunities. I was hooked right after the first walk in a show choreographed by him and began exploring opportunities in Fashion. I somehow always wanted to act but could never conjure up the courage to do so as I'm a doctor. Modeling gave me the strength to try my hand at acting and… I loved it! Since then I've made acting and modelling my primary career not because it comes with glamour and fame but because it quenches my thirst for creative work and is soul satisfying.

 

From experience, I've realised that being a good model has less to do with how you look and more with how you present and carry yourself. I have a positive attitude towards life and this reflects in my work. I believe, with a learning mindset, I'm a student and a warrior. It takes a lot of courage to be vulnerable, to show everything you have got to the world through a camera lens. But I feel my vulnerability is paradoxically my strength. Of course, one needs to have the skill set of a model, actor and beyond that. Confidence is state of mind that comes with facing your fear and overcoming it. With this career comes immense responsibility as one has a lot of people following and one has to be conscious about everything from what you eat to what you wear. It's a different lifestyle.

 

For me, however, fitness is not just about how you look but also about how you feel. I treat my body like a temple and am conscious of what I put in my body because "what you eat is what you become" is really true. I don't go bonkers with my workout; I keep it pretty simple — five times a week works just fine, including functional and strength training. Apart from this, I do Yoga to relax and recuperate and get ready for the coming week. I believe sculpting a good body requires 20 per cent effort in the gym and 80 per cent in the kitchen. You are out of the gym but your body doesn't stop functioning even when you sleep. To keep my body in a fat burning state I rotate between Keto and slow carb diet. This is how I am able to keep below 10 per cent body fat throughout the year.

 

Speaking of my body of work, I’ve been fortunate to have worked with influential people in fashion. The first campaign shoot I did was for Rajasthan Heritage Week under the directions of Prasad Bidappa. Apart from this, I was fortunate to have walked for Felix Bendish at Amazon India Fashion Week. I have a done a music video for Rapperiya Baalam too. The way I perceive, modelling is a tool for me to groom myself, learn and explore my personality to my best potential. I discovered that I was a good actor when I did my first theatre play "Jab Sheher Hamara Sota Hai". I got excellent feedback from very senior theatre artists and actors. So, yes, I am really looking forward to doing substantial work as an actor. Satisfaction for me comes from doing meaningful work. Looking forward, 'Ingenious' Season 3 is an elegant fashion showcase that I don't see often in Jaipur. I am excited to be a part of it. Besides, Jaipur is a historical city and I'm looking forward to meeting artisans in the old city that have contributed to art and craft in Fashion and beyond it. I also have a music video shoot lined up, will be walking for Amazon India Fashion Week and working on shoots for Raymond's and United Colours of Benetton.''

— JASMEEN DUGAL

 
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