I've often observed his high-wattage presence on the catwalk and wondered about his story. Today, Mr. India World 2015 finalist Rishabh Bajaj shares his dreams and life lessons.
''I hail from the beautiful city of Chandigarh where I dreamt of becoming a model right from my childhood days. Even though I graduated as Mechanical Engineer, modelling became my passion and I'm so thankful my friends and family encouraged me to pursue my dreams, particularly my Dad. So, with educational qualifications complete, I'm now pursuing modelling seriously as it gives me happiness… and yeah I always put my best step forward in whatever I do! I know that no hard work would ever be wasted! So I keep experimenting with my looks. I feel it is very important for a model to change and adapt to new trends or be a trendsetter. Being unique is the key.
I began modelling recently but I have done a decent amount of work. I walked for a couple of fashion weeks like Lakme Fashion Week and Rajasthan Heritage Week and have done good solo shows. An interesting campaign that comes to mind is 'Stay On Power Capsules' — I think it's an interesting thing in itself. Ha!ha! One of my biggest achievements, finalist at Mr. India World 2015, just happened. It made be believe in myself and gave me a super platform to work hard and achieve what I have always wanted. There were challenges! I'm a fitness addict but at that time I was a bit bulky so I knew that to be in the best shape, I had to cut down kilos and started working on every aspect of my body rigorously. My fitness mantra is eating whatever I want —but at the right time —and I never ever miss a workout! I make sure I hit the gym at least five times a week for 40-60 minutes where I do weight training followed by abs and cardio. Thinking back, I was raw at that time compared to fellow contestants; almost everyone had considerable experience be it in acting or modelling. But, participating in the pageant was an amazing experience and a great platform, for a fresher like me. It has transformed my life completely — without this platform I could not have entered the city of dreams: Mumbai.
My philosophy in life? I believe the only person I should try to be better than, is the person I was yesterday, but I really look up to Ashton Kutcher and David Gandy. They are my icons!! You know, there is a myth about male models that our job is easy. Believe me, it's not. A typical day for a male model involves waking up — not hungover, eating right, working out hours at the gym to be in shape. And the most important thing is networking and how you present yourself. You need to be active, smart and grounded at the same time! So, it is not an easy profession if you want to go places. That said, I have a couple of fashion shows lined up and am going to Korea this month for New Star Model Contest. Wish me luck!''
— JASMEEN DUGAL