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The most beautiful post graduate in Finance or the wisest model? Hard to tell with Vijaya Dey, who diversified cost and accountancy into modeling to follow the dream. In conversation with her.


''I had the right look for modelling didn't have the courage or knowledge to enter the profession but with the support of my family, especially my mom, I took the next step after graduation from Symbiosis College Pune. This is the best decision of my life with no regrets, and my family agrees. Today, I feel what makes me a good model is that I make an effort to look good and maintain my health; I continually improve my skills, am professional in the workspace and embrace both success and failure. I really work hard on myself. I workout two hours in the gym; my regime is a combination of cardio and weights. I love experimenting with workouts. Spinning, Zumba and power yoga are my favourites. My diet is boiled chicken, vegetable juices and salad although I make sure I have a cheat day each week to keep me content.


I've been blessed with good work. My most memorable moment is winning 'MTV Making The Cut' Season 2 — it's the Indian version of 'Project Runway'. I was among the top five at Femina Miss India - East and in the top ten at 'I Am She'. This is my sixth season of India Beach Fashion Week! Other than that, I've walked for Lakme Fashion Week, IIJW, Bangalore Fashion Week; done editorials for Femina, Elle and Vogue, and campaigns for Neeta Lulla, Delna Poonawala, Fahd Khatri and Vidhi Wadhwani. I know modeling has a limited lifespan so I plan to diversify to acting. In fact I've worked in Bengali films, 'Mrs Sen' and 'Teen Kanya', and short film 'In Transition'. I've done ad films for Microsoft, UTV, Idea, PVR Cinema and Vivel, and am undertaking acting and theatre workshops. I'm also learning the art of filmmaking as it's fascinating. I find it really interesting! From experience, I'd like to share some advice with aspiring models — respect people, time and your work; with the right attitude, the rest can be learnt.


My upcoming assignment is India Beach Fashion Week. It is one of my most favourite fashion weeks!! Great organisers, show director and designers — I am looking forward to enjoying every bit of it!! Besides, it takes place at one of the most beautiful properties in Goa with an amazing beach and I can barely wait to be back there! moving on, December has always been a great month for me work wise [touch wood]. I have number of fashion shows lined up! But, for now, see you at IBFW!''


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