Of late I'd been hearing of Ashish Solanki doing good fashion editorials and making his presence felt on the runway so I got in touch. Here's what he says on his life as an Indian male model! "I started modelling after I graduated in commerce from Venkateshwara College. My life changed. When I won "Mister Fresher", my friends advised me to pursue modelling though my family was expecting me to join the family business. I admit it took me some time to convince them about my interest in modelling! Determined to take it seriously, I began working out in the gym; it took me two years to transform my bod!! I used to wake up at 6, hit the gym and follow a high protein diet. Till date, that keeps me fit.
End 2014 I got my portfolio shot by Suvrat Tandon and my first assignment was a fitness shoot for "The Man". It was an amazing feeling to see my photographs in a well known magazine! My family and friends appreciated it and that further motivated to keep moving. I then got a call from "Men's Health" and did a fitness shoot for them. Things began looking up. I really started loving the limelight! People were beginning to like my personality and looks. I was told by industry veterans that I have lovely eyes and a "foreigner look" which makes me different! Wow!! I then did campaigns for designers and each assignment was a learning curve. The biggest triumph was when I walked in Lakme Fashion Week for Varoin Marwah. That feeling was just amazing! The second achievement was a shoot for Raymonds. Following that were shoots for Forbes india, HT Brunch, Fab India, e-commerce etc. In recent times I walked for Bangalore Luxury Style Week.
As time passed and I realised that modelling couldn't be taken as long term career, I diversified into my dad's property business as he's a well known builder. Reflecting on my experience, to be a good model one needs to have a combination of good looks, great body and, most important, a positive attitude! It's your attitude that takes you places and I think my attitude has been my greatest asset. Creativity is key to success; you should always be creative in order to be irreplaceable. You should be open to new ideas and experiment with looks, read fashion magazines to be briefed about the latest trends of the season and follow it. Of course, since I began modelling I have met many people who are fashion conscious and have learnt a lot from them; dressing well is an art… it's a virtue. I advise new models to stay positive and believe that you're the best and keep giving your best; no matter how hard it is, never give up! Tie up with a modelling agency because the agency will push you to work; you don't have to go out and look for it!"
— JASMEEN DUGAL