On the lookout for fresh faces

On the lookout for fresh faces

On the lookout for fresh faces

The finals of the ‘Megamart Model Hunt 2014’ will be held on August 30 at Bowring Institute. The sixty models, who will be taking part in the finale, were introduced at a press conference recently.

Trained, groomed and coached by renowned fashion designer Prasad Bidapa and well-known choreographer Kevin Oliver, the models will compete in many categories including ramp, print, TV and film.

The finale will feature an international fashion show with eminent judges on the panel.  
Around 300 people took part in the auditions and finally, 30 boys and 30 girls were shortlisted by a team of experts.

Sindhu, one of the models, said, “We got trained in different aspects like behaviour and walking the ramp. It has been fun, exciting and hectic at the same time.” 

The show started with the models sporting the black and white creations of Bibi Russell.
The winners of the Mysore leg of the model hunt also walked the ramp wearing pink and magenta.

Prasad Bidapa, who looked glamourous in black, proudly said, “It has been 20 years since we started this hunt. Bangalore produces the best models because of its cosmopolitan culture. We are lucky to have received many entries this year. We basically look for people from different cities.” 

One of the main tips he had for young models was to take care of their health.

“Models must maintain their health primarily. It’s the most important factor. They shouldn’t drink, smoke or aim at a size-zero figure,” he added. 

On being asked about his views on the fashion industry today, he said, “The industry is excellent for young designers and employs a lot of people.

Designers should take Indian products and make them international. India has both Indian and Western fabrics. We wear jeans to office and ‘Kancheevaram’ silks to our weddings. So we have a brilliant balance. Recession hasn’t hit the fashion industry at all.”

He added, “Bangalore is a City close to my heart. That’s why I look for models here. It has all the big brands and also a bustling street-shopping culture.”

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