Indian fashion industry has come a long way. India’s Next Top Model has changed the way we see the fashion industry today. More and more beautiful and talented girls are trying their odds in modeling career. And while they make it big mostly in India, there are women who managed to make a name in the fashion world outside the country, and we couldn’t be more proud of them. It wasn’t easy, this is why they continue to inspire thousands of girls around India who are thinking about taking up the modeling career. So, let’s have a look at some of the most iconic models in the Indian fashion world.
Aishwarya Rai is an Indian sweetheart who made it to Hollywood. Yes, we all know her as an actress, the Miss Universe 1994 winner, and one of the most influential celebrities in India. But, did you know that Aishwarya was actually a model way before all this? She might have switched careers a little bit, but for us, she will always be the icon of the Indian fashion world.
Sheetal Mallar might be retired but she will always be a fashion icon for millions of Indians. Armani, Fendi, Maybelline, Motorola, LG Electronics, McDowells, these are just a few names Sheetal Mallar worked with over the years.
Bhumika Arora is one of the India’s new faces. Pretty and unique ones I should say. She’s been working with various fashion agencies in Paris and New York. She has walked runways for Chanel, Fendi, Balmain, Chanel and Dolce & Gabbana.
Padma Lakshmi – the legend, the mother of all Indian supermodels! This Indian beauty made a name for herself way before the cultural diversity was a buzzword. Today, Padma Lakshmi is more known for acting career. She’s been the judge on “Masterchef Australia”, hosted dozens of TV shows, acted in several films, she’s even written her own cookbook. This woman has been through so much, both personally and professionally that she is now a true inspiration for millions.
Just like Aishwarya Rai, Priyanka Chopra started her career as a model. She was the first model with Indian heritage who advertised the America label. Today, she is one of the highest-paid and most popular celebrities in India. She’s also best friends with Megan Markle, and she went to an army school. This woman is a full package!
Angela Jonson shot to fame in 2011 after winning the Kingfisher Calendar Model Hunt which is kinda a big deal. Also, she is not your average Indian model. You may have noticed Angela has this Northern hint to her looks. This is because her father is from Iceland. Today, Angela is walking runways for different fashion brands in Indian and the world
Givenchy, Max Mara, Alexander Wang, H&M, Chanel, J Crew, Stella McCartney, the list of her collaborations can go on and on. This Indian beauty has set the fashion world on fire, and made everyone talk about Indian fashion.
Despite being a relatively new face in the fashion industry, Radhika made quite a statement when she became the first ever Indian supermodel to walk the runway for Balenciaga. And she’s been working for significant brands ever since.
This worldwide famous model and actress who’s been on the cover of Elle and Vogue walks runways for the world’s biggest brands today. Originally from Assam, Monikangana is now represented by the IMG, the same agency that represents Naomi Campbell. And finally, Monikangana Dutta walks the runway side by side with Miranda Kerr and Adriana Lima. Yep, you got me right, she’s a Victoria’s Secret Angel!
L’Oréal Paris and Burberry Beauty are not the only big names Neelam Gill collaborated with. This British beauty with Indian heritage has been walking a runway for Dior and appeared on the cover of Vogue. In that interview, she opened up about what it’s like to be an Indian girl in Britain, racism and tokenism in fashion industry. No wonder she’s been a great inspiration for millions of Asian girls.