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‘Modelling not a brainless profession’

Neha holds the modelling industry is competitive and cut-throat like every other field. PHOTO: FILE

Neha holds the modelling industry is competitive and cut-throat like every other field. PHOTO: FILE

GURGAON: Model-turned-actor Neha Dhupia, who also represented India at the Miss Universe pageant in 2002, says modelling is not a brainless profession but rather a job that needs lot of “hard work”.

“It is a myth that modelling is a brainless profession. We have girls here who are dentists and lawyers, girls who are doing corporate jobs and working in tech companies. It is a lot of hard work, long hours and every day you have to work with a new boss,” said Neha in an interview.

“It is not a great place to be but having said that, there is a lot of adulation. If you are good at what you do, it is a great place to be. It is competitive and cut-throat like everything else. Get into it only if you are fully ready,” said the Singh Is King actor.

The dark and dusky win the race

Advising that modelling is about working on your positive traits and concealing the negatives, Neha said that imperfections are beautiful and it’s about owning yourself. “If you want to get into modelling, be professional, work on your positives, conceal your negatives and keep at it. Don’t come with preconceived notions. Imperfections are beautiful,” she said.

“Even if you think that you cannot be a model because there is something wrong…just get into it. You have models in New York who have taken the modelling industry by storm, there is a girl who has discoloured skin patches but still she is everywhere! It is about owning yourself,” she said. 

Published in The Express Tribune, October 28th, 2015.

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