Take a look at the various fashion shows going around the country and you will notice that the showstoppers are almost always movie stars. Supermodels are a dying breed in the country and a majority of the Indian populace cannot claim to know models by their names. However, such was not the case even thirty years back. There were stunning supermodels strutting down the ramp for top designers and international brands as well. These models charmed everyone with their aura and metamorphosed the Indian fashion industry. Here are some of the hottest Indian models who came, saw and conquered.
One of the most popular models of the country, Mehr Jesia burst into the modelling scene in 1986 when she was crowned the Femina Miss India. She was the face of many brands like Lakme, Nivea, Bombay Dyeing, Vimal, Palmolive, Campa Cola, Philips and others. Now married to former model and actor, Arjun Rampal, Mehr Jesia struck the fantasy of many with her stunning face, statuesque figure and effervescent charisma.
A list of hottest Indian models can never be complete without the iconic Madhu Sapre. The winner of the Miss India pageant in 1992, she sent shockwaves through the nation by posing nude in a print advertisement for Tuff Shoes in 1995. Madhu Sapre was one of the boldest models of her time and was a trendsetter in more ways than one.
Sheetal Mallar and brands were almost synonymous. She was signed up by brands like Armani, Fendi, Maybelline and many others and ruled the ramp with her beauty and charisma. With an amazing face and a staggering ramp presence, she was one of the hottest Indian models ever.
In a country and an industry that are obsessed with fair skin, Noyonika Chatterjee was a clutter breaker with her dusky skin and has been at the top of her game for years now. She is known as the Naomi Campbell of India and also trains new models along with walking the ramp.
Ujjwala Raut was probably India’s first supermodel and is till now the most successful Indian supermodel in the international fashion scene. She has walked the ramp for top international fashion houses like Dolce and Gabanna, Oscar de la Renta, Valentino, Yves Saint-Laurent, Gucci, Roberto Cavalli and Victoria’s Secret. You name an international fashion house and Ujjwala Raut has probably walked for it and is the most recognized Indian face in the international fashion circuit.