22 October, 2020

The Dotboomers

Indian models are no longer rare on foreign fashion runways. Their gift: a look that's exotic but not easy to pin down to a geography.

The Dotboomers
This isn't just about leggy bubbleheads in tiaras talking gibberish about world peace or dragging Mother Teresa out of her grave. The truth is, Indian models are slowly but steadily finding a toehold in the competitive international fashion bazaar.

The flag-bearer of this cohort of dusky, dark-eyed beauties is Ujjwala Raut. No stranger to New York's billboards, she raked in $2 million (Rs 9.16 crore) last year. Having worked with prestigious names like Prada, Paco Rabanne, Jean-Louis Scherrer and Emanuel Ungaro, she went on to bag the coveted face-of-the-year assignment for Yves Saint Laurent cosmetics this year—the first Indian model to do so.

Ujjwala has company in Saira Mohan. Branded the 'new global standard of beauty', she appeared on the cover of Newsweek magazine's November 10, '03, issue. Meghna Reddy's success isn't as spectacular, but after moving to New York, she's put some impressive names on her CV. She has worked for Tommy Hilfiger and Baby Phat's '03...


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