The elegant demeanour, the lean silhouette and the luscious locks is what makes fashion graduate and model Parul Duggal a stunner. Few know this beautiful alumnus from Pearl Academy of Fashion was discovered while presenting her own collection! "I am tall with a narrow frame which I feel is essential to be a model. My long poker straight hair is my identity and my strut walk on the runway is my signature style. I can carry both Indian and western wear with grace and I feel that makes me a good model" she says.
The journey has been interesting! "After being a crown holder in "I Am She 2011", I went to Cyprus to represent India in Miss Globe International and was first runners up. It was a learning curve. Back in India, key assignments include a national campaign for Hyper-city, endorsing Bhopal Style Week as brand ambassador and walking for Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week, Lakme Fashion Week and India Jewellery Fashion Week for several seasons; I love modelling! There are a lot of ways to be creative. Every shoot comes with a different concept and a model has to be creative and improvise. The same happens for runway shows; a model has to walk according to the music, mood and sensibility of the designer. I love the runway so there's job satisfaction but I wouldn't deny a good film offer!"
"On a personal level, my approach to getting dressed has drastically changed after being a model. I used to be a tomboy back in school wearing denims and sports shoes always!! After stepping into the fashion industry I realized that certain outfits are not appropriate for certain occasions and it is always good to experiment with different styles. I always watch and learn. With so many different designers giving their creative outputs to the industry, it gets easier to discover your own style. From my own experience, I would advise aspiring models to eat healthy and stay fit. With such hectic schedules, people tend to ignore proper diet or skincare regime but we as have to look fresh all the time. They should also work on keeping their identity and confidence intact and be wary of agencies which charge a certain amount to sign them!" Well I hope to see more of this charming girl on the catwalk… and perhaps one day I would get news that she has launched her own label.
— JASMEEN DUGAL