The glamor world of modeling and fashion is luring to us all. We admire the lifestyle of the models and wish to have a life like that. With all the traveling involved, we even are jealous of them. But along with this, we also have some stigmas in our minds about the modeling industry in India. Although we are fascinated by the idea of going to parties every day and meeting new people. We often fail to comprehend the hard work and how energy-consuming this profession can be.
While there is a growth of modeling as a profession in India, people still have certain myths attached to it. They think that the world of modeling is too demanding of certain types of looks.
Let us look at some of these myths that surround the profession of modeling in India.
Stigmas around Modeling in India
You need a good height
It is not important to have a tall figure to be a model. Modeling does not just include runways and fashion shows. There are various other fields in modeling for a short-height person. You can do clothes or magazine modeling or even do commercial photoshoots for various designers. But you should also note that there are certain requirements to walk on a runway.
You need to be thin
Models do not need to be skinny to be in this profession. Although, from the past few years we have seen tall and skinny models walking the runway. But the times are changing now. You do not need to starve yourself to have the smallest waist size.
A pretty face is required
If you think that a model should have a face with proper features and proportions, then you are wrong. There is no definition of a pretty face. You need not have a perfect jawline or eyes or forehead. You just need to flaunt your features in the best possible manner.
Fair skin models
In the world we now live in, every skin color is considered beautiful. You should not think that you do not have an appropriate color to be a model. Many dark skin models are now top models and are flourishing in their jobs.
Diet is mandatory
As mentioned earlier too, you do not need to do a diet every time to be in the proper figure. Just eat healthily and maintain a good workout plan daily. Keep your body fit. Not doing the diet, does not also mean eating unhealthy food. Not being obese should be the goal.
Changes in the modeling industry in India
As we know, the perception of beauty is now changing. So, the stigmas around models and modeling in India are drastically evolving. Moreover, the winds have shifted, and a positive shift in the modeling industry in terms of inclusivity is underway. Models who were previously absent from the runway are now commonly represented. This modern type of representation is hailed as a positive development in the modeling industry in India.
No Age Barrier – Models of different ages have now entered the industry. Not only are they surviving, but also, shining in their work. From ramp walks to photoshoots, older models are everywhere. Even smaller brands want to work with them even though they are not professional models.
Modeling is for all genders – Your gender does not matter if you are good at your work. Adapala Mohan Naidu is the first transgender model to walk in Lakme Fashion Week 2017. Earlier, when we think of models, the first person that comes to mind is a girl. Now there is no limit on any gender to grow in this field.
Any disability does not confine the person – There is an inclusion of disabled people in the modeling industry. Recently, nineteen-year-old Pranav Bakshi got popular as the first Indian model with autism.
Flaunting motherhood – We have seen celebrities walking on a ramp even when they are pregnant. For instance, Kareena Kapoor, a Bollywood actress was seen flaunting her baby bump on the ramp. In the industry that has traditionally conformed to unrealistic standards of beauty, a celebration of motherhood and maternity acts as a silver lining.
The blooming modeling industry of India is now looking at a paradigm shift. From a conventional mindset to broad-minded thinking is now visible. Many social stigmas around modeling are being beaten every day. Although, many problems still curtail in the modeling industry of India. But with these social developments, we are sure that all the other problems will also be solved. With the inclusion of plus-sized, dark-skinned, or even disabled models, the industry is emerging vastly. The reach to become a model is now easier than before. The advent of social media has made this happen. Now, people are looking for more natural models for their covers. Designers want to provide a raw face to the audience which does not require a professional model or a model with certain looks.
The perception of beauty is changing in the eyes of everyone. Not every model needs to go through cosmetic surgery or transformation to be in the modeling industry. All the more, the fake idea of partying every minute is shattering. People are realizing the dedication which is required to be a successful model. The industry is not just full of glitz and glamor. There is a lot of work that is required behind the scenes.
WMH India has set out with an aim to create inclusivity in the modeling world, and breaking gender stereotypes one at a time. Making a safe space for everyone out there, our magazine covers everyone who has a passion for modeling.