Thought modelling was only for the few and fair? With inclusive fashion being the norm more than exception these days, Indian women have outshone everyone in the modelling industry. With dewy skin and thick black hair, Indian models savour compliments worldwide. From shining bright on international runways to being the cover girls in the most reputed international fashion magazines, here are 7 of our favorite Indian supermodels who make India proud and how!
Muse and partner to the late fashion photographer Prabuddha Dasgupta, Kerala-born, Lakshmi Menon has walked for brands such as Hermes, Jean Paul Gaultier among others. The dusky beauty has been featured in the famed Pirelli Calendar and is also one the most preferred models amongst international brands across the globe.
More popularly known as the ‘girl with the curly hair,’ Radhika Nair debuted the global runway by walking for Balenciaga. This model from a small town in Kerala broke the whole notion of being ‘of a certain colour’ into being a darling of runways worldwide.
Touted as India’s first big supermodel, Ujjwala Raut has walked for the biggest brands in fashion. From YSL, Dolce & Gabbana to Cavalli and Hugo Boss, she is simply a natural at the runway. She was only 17 when she was crowned Femina Miss India, which won her accolades, making her one of the most sought after models across the UK.
India’s favourite and hottest dusky home girl, Carol has been a fashion force in the country for years to count. Born to a Goan Catholic family, the model came under the media scanner because of a wardrobe malfunction. The supermodel has represented India at several International ramp shows but it is her broad jawline and athletic figure that makes her a preferred favourite!
Padma Lakshmi started her modelling career in the US and shuttled between India and America most of her life. The Indian beauty was often bullied in school for her ‘brown’ complexion but it was through modelling that she got her confidence. She has walked for the biggest designers ever since and is also a successful actor, anchor and chef.
Born and brought up in Karnal, the towering beauty was often criticized for being too tall. But call it talent or sheer confidence, the model has been a regular in International magazine editorials and brand campaigns. She has also walked for brands like Balmain, Alexander Wang and Marc Jacobs.
The model made her international runway debut by walking for the Louis Vuitton Cruise collection. She has been a cover girl for various international magazines and has also walked the ramp for big designers such as Stella McCartney and Roberto Cavalli.