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Hasleen Kaur, a 22-year old contestant in the Femina Miss India 2011 beauty pageant, has received sponsorships from leading jewelry brand Amrapali and India’s exclusive fashion retailer ThePrivateSales.com –before she has even won the contest.
Femina Miss India is the most-sought after platform that every female model aspires to be on. Indeed, the beauty pageant has been instrumental in launching several Bollywood leading ladies like Aishwarya Rai and Priyanka Chopra.
However, never in the history of this prestigious contest has a contestant been offered sponsorship by leading fashion brands before she has won the contest.
Her confidence strengthened by the support shown by the brands, Hasleen, who is currently in Mumbai for the contest, said “I am greatly touched and honored to be supported by such strong brands. I would work hard and prove the trust that they have shown in me.” She further added “Femina Miss India 2011 is a huge platform for me to prove my mettle and make my loved ones proud.”
An English Honors graduate from the Delhi University, Miss Kaur started her fashion career by winning the May Queen 2007 pageant. The contents, which was organized by the Defense Services Officers Insititute (DSOI) club, has been the launch pad for Bollywood actresses Priyanka Chopra and Gul Panag as it is been for Hasleen Kaur. One can only hope that she follows in their footsteps and make her own destiny.
Since then, Miss Kaur has walked the ramp for several well-known designers in both Indian and International fashion circles and has been the face of several leading retailers and business houses.
Hasleen Kaur, who most recently walked the ramp in the Lakme India Fashion Week in Mumbai, will be competing with 19 other participants in the Femina Miss India 2011 contest for the coveted crown.
Amrapali Jewels, a global jewelry brand whose exquisite pieces have been worn by Hollywood actresses Jeniffer Lopez, Miranda Lambert, Megan Fox, Halle Berry Penelope Cruz, Angelina Jolie, Selena Gomez and our very own Freida Pinto, has decided to become Hasleen’s jewelry and accessory partner for the contest as a token of best wishes and support.
“Each piece at Amrapali is unique in its design, to adorn women of many different kinds of beauty. Hasleen’s natural and innocent beauty reflects the delicate and feminine aspects of Amrapali’s design sensibility,” says Tarang Arora, CEO Amrapali Jewels Pvt Ltd.
ThePrivateSales.com, which offers fashion brands for the smart Indian, has decided to become Hasleen’s merchandise and design partner as she competes to win the crown. ThePrivateSales.com is a leading online fashion retailer which offers global high-fashion brands like Dolce & Gabbana, Just Cavalli, Paul Smith, Burberry and Home & Beauty products at massive discounts up to 80 percent off. The website, which touts itself as the first invite-only shopping community in India, also offers its members privileged access to luxury lifestyle experiences such as fashion shows and sold-out concerts.
“We represent fashion brands in the true sense of exquisite finesse and luxury, perfectly completing the personality of the modern, unique and beautiful Indian woman which PFMI represents to the world. I feel Hasleen can blend perfectly between the Indian outfits and international designer wear, which ultimately blends with our business,” says Mr. Sunder Gianchandani, Director – ThePrivateSales.com.
The jewelry and exclusive international labels from the closet of thePrivatesales.com being given to Hasleen will be compiled by leading Image Consultant, Shokey Malik.
By giving their invaluable support to Hasleen, both brands wish her the best of luck in her quest to transform her dreams into reality.
Posted on 18 February 2011.
Natasha Suri, the synonym of beauty and professionalism has hit the pinnacle of the world, fashion. Bagging the Miss. India title in 2006 and several other beauty pageants, she has proved her excellence. Natasha has prestigious fashion weeks like Lakme Fashion Week, Rome Fashion Week, Dubai Fashion Week etc to her credit. Modeling for top designers in the country like Rohit Bal, Shantanu – Nikhil, Neeta Lulla, Ritu Kumar, Hemant Trivedi, Sabyasachi etc. Natasha has proved that she is a very competent and highly efficient model.
Could you please tell our readers about your family?
My family consists of mother, grand mom, two sisters and I.
Please tell us about your entry to the world of modeling?
During my early years, I used to take part in college fashion shows and other contests like Navy Queen, Miss. Maharashtra, Get Gorgeous – 1 etc and the happy part about these contests is that I used to win every contest that I took part. As I won Miss. India in 2006, I got the real career break.
In comparison to world fashion, where has Indian fashion reached?
Indian fashion has to travel a long way. In India models are highly unpaid, while models abroad are highly stable. In order to reach the International level in colour, fabric, structure of the clothing etc ,India has to work hard and utilize its strengths.
What is your take on Indians being fair fetish?
When I was a child I used to worry for being dusky. We are brown skin people, we are not fair. But Indians don’t agree that. It has to do with our thinking, being fair fetish is really narrow minded thinking. But fashion industry has always been nice to dusky complexion. My success in this field is because they have welcomed me as I am.
How important is a portfolio for a model?
Portfolio is extremely vital for a model. Without one, it is not advised to enter the field. Only a good portfolio can showcase how you look and present yourself in front of others.
What is your greatest achievement is this field?
I am yet to achieve that.
You have been to fashion weeks like – Lakme Fashion Week, Dubai Fashion Week, Rome Fashion Week etc. How did you like Bangalore Fashion Week?
I think Bangalore Fashion Week (BFW) was done very professionally. The designers were given a great platform to showcase their designs. Coming back to Bangalore was a great experience because I love Bangalore. It is a beautiful city.
According to you what are the qualities a model should possess?
A model should be very professional and he or she should respect the profession.
Could you please share your Miss. India Experience to our readers?
When I was 13, I used to dream of taking part in Miss. India. I loved every bit of the contest. It is a beautiful wholesome experience. I took part in Miss. India because of my mother.
Please tell us about your fitness regimen.
I am not a person who hit gym and work out. This is my body metabolism and genes.
Is casting couch a reality?
Yes, it is a reality. But you have to make your choices. I have never come across that. While you do anything make sure that you follow your heart.
What is your piece of advice to aspiring models?
Be very down to earth, never get carried away with the glam and money of this profession. Respect what you do.
Your Role Model: Aimee Mullins
Your Dream project: Every assignment I do is my dream.
Your favourite designer: Ritu Kumar & Sabyasachi
Your style statement: Keep it classy & elegant