All eyes are on Glam Icon Priyal Shah whose potential and passion for modelling and the performing arts has made the world her oyster. Winning the title, she is living the dream. In conversation with the Cocoaberry talent.
"I was always attracted towards theatre and other performing arts during my schooldays and was determined to pursue my dreams instead of settling for a stable career that I had less interest in. I began my journey when a show director offered me a part in an International exchange program and since I've done shows with Anjali Raut, Alesia Raut and Shakir Sheikh. "The Archana Kochhar Show" and Nikita Mhaisalkar lookbook were milestones before I won Glam Icon.
I am in a state of bliss since I won Glam Icon. The competition was in high spirits and the mood was lively. There was enthusiasm blended with cheers, prayers and nervousness. Amid all this tension, Director Shakir Shaikh came up to announce the winners and when he said "...the winner of Glam Icon is contestant 4, Priyal Shah.." it separated the soul from my body! I was thrilled… on Cloud 9. The title of *Miss Glam Icon* is my first victory as a fashion model and it means a lot. Not cracking under pressure, presenting the best version of myself and, living the ramp got me crowned. Soon after the announcement, I knew my career trajectory had changed. I had entered the revered space alongside top models. This title has boosted my opportunities and I now walk with my head raised, higher than ever before!
On a personal note, I live in the present moment, to the fullest. I love modelling and acting, and I guess my persistent, industrious nature makes me stand out in a crowd and credit of moulding me as a person, as a model and actor, goes to my parents and mentors. Seeing their faith in me, I put in a lot of work to maintain a diet and fitness plan — I avoid junk food, have small portioned meals through the day, high in protein and fibre. I eat citrus fruits to keep myself active and every morning I burn all unwanted calories that I accumulated in my previous day's diet!!"
— JASMEEN DUGAL