The changing concept

The changing concept

Model talk

The changing concept

VJ-actor Anusha Dandekar says that today Bollywood celebrities have taken over the space of magazine covers and showstoppers from supermodels, which must change. The actor says while it is unfair to use the word ‘decline’ as far as the concept of supermodel goes, the generation of supermodels has changed.

“Bollywood definitely has taken over the reigns of magazine covers and showstoppers. The supermodel generation has changed and we are not going to lie about it. But why not try and bring it back,” Anusha says.

The VJ will be seen as a mentor on the upcoming season two of MTV’s ‘India’s Next Top Model’. She said that they are trying to groom the best of the models on the show without body shaming anyone. “We want to bring back the cream of the crop. Supermodels have to have height and a certain look. We got a lot of people saying that we shouldn’t be body shaming,” she said.

“Everyone has to understand that there is a prerequisite for every career in your life. You want to be a doctor, you can’t be one without a degree. As a model, it’s the same thing,” she adds.

Apart from Anusha, the show features actor Lisa Haydon and ace photographer Daboo Ratnani as judges, while Neeraj Gaba will be seen as a mentor.

The 34-year-old ‘Viruddh’ actor says a show like this will give a huge platform to several modelling aspirants who come to Mumbai hoping to make it big. “We have so many beautiful women in this country who are still undiscovered. It’s not easy to walk into Mumbai and say ‘I want to be a model’,” she says.

“Earlier, people didn’t have an opportunity like this. So it is nice for the youngsters to be groomed by the best in the industry. It’s a great platform,” she says. ‘India’s Next Top Model’ will premiere on July 10.

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