10 THINGS ONLY A TOP MODEL CAN'T TELL YOU!

Cosmopolitan (India) - - COSMO INTERVIEW - BY PREETI DHATA

we had to de­scribe this un­con­ven­tional beauty in 50 words flat, here’s what we’d say (pretty much)... The leggy 26-year-old has a de­gree is Busi­ness Man­age­ment; has mod­eled for top de­sign­ers in the last five years; is ir­re­vo­ca­bly in love with high fash­ion and re­fuses to con­sider a ca­reer in Bol­ly­wood (“It’s fun but I don’t re­late to it”); oh, and she’s shar­ing her top se­cret tips on stuff that Cosmo girls care about!

1. HAV­ING A FLAT TUMMY

“You might hate the idea, but you just have to work out. There’s no es­cap­ing it! Yes, great abs may have a lit­tle to do with good genes, but most of it is plain ex­er­cise (even if you’re a model). Per­son­ally, I like work­ing out. I do three sets of 50 crunches ev­ery third day, and leg raises to tone my stom­ach. Also my diet has more fiber than carbs and I pick green, leafy stuff over oily food. And don’t for­get the green tea! Lots of green tea.”

2. ROCK­ING COOL OFF-DUTY STYLE

“You’ve got to ex­per­i­ment with clothes. I’ve done a lot of that. Right now, my style leans to­wards a more an­drog­y­nous vibe. I love shirts, blaz­ers and jeans, and on the flip side, I also like maxis (dresses and skirts!) A rule that re­ally works for me is ac­ces­soris­ing with state­ment pieces like a bag or ear­rings. I usu­ally wear flats, but I like wear­ing heels too—they do great things for your pos­ture!”

3. DEAL­ING WITH COM­PE­TI­TION

“By be­ing the best ( laughs)! There’s a lot of com­pe­ti­tion in my pro­fes­sion. I’m su­per sin­cere to­wards my work—I’m never late, peo­ple re­ally re­spect that. You have to keep learn­ing on the job, that’ll help you keep an edge above your com­peti­tors.”

4. BOUNC­ING BACK FROM RE­JEC­TION

“I try to di­vert my mind from the sub­ject and choose not to think about the re­jec­tion. You can’t af­ford to waste too much time feel­ing sorry for your­self. Stay­ing pos­i­tive and ac­cept­ing the sit­u­a­tion is the best way to deal with it.”

5. LIV­ING OUT OF A SUIT­CASE

“I travel a lot for work, so I’ve be­come a bit of an ex­pert at pack­ing sen­si­bly. I make it a point to carry the right mix of ca­sual and com­fort­able, but hot out­fits in my bag. This en­sures that I al­ways have ap­pro­pri­ate clothes for ev­ery sit­u­a­tion. I al­ways carry a bikini and gym gear—you never know when you need to go for a run or soak up some sun. Also, I throw in two pairs of heels, and of

course, a big bag of all my beauty stuff.”

6. DEAL­ING WITH UN­WANTED AT­TEN­TION FROM MEN

“The way I see it, if men find you at­trac­tive it’s a good thing, but it’s also their is­sue to deal with. If you’re in a sit­u­a­tion where some­one ap­proaches you and he’s get­ting a lit­tle over friendly, don’t get con­scious. I tend to be pleas­ant and keep the con­ver­sa­tion short, mak­ing sure they get the point without com­ing across as rude.”

7. BE­ING A GOOD FLIRT

“So the key to good flirt­ing is know­ing and owning your sex ap­peal and also be­ing sub­tle about it. Don’t pounce on the guy or chug too many drinks—it’s def­i­nitely not at­trac­tive. Giv­ing him sub­tle hints and mak­ing eye con­tact shows that you are con­fi­dent. Al­ways smile and laugh from time to time, but save the loud guf­faws for when you’re with your girl­friends.

8. MAKE-UP IN UN­DER A MINUTE

“I al­ways carry con­cealer, pressed pow­der, blush and a lip balm in my bag. Swipe on the con­cealer un­der your eyes, and seal it in with the pow­der. Next, ap­ply a lit­tle blush to the ap­ples of your cheeks, and dab on the lip balm to nix any chapped lips or dry­ness!”

9 MAK­ING YOUR­SELF HEARD IN A SO­CIAL CON­VER­SA­TION

“While it’s im­por­tant to speak up, it’s equally im­por­tant to only do so when you know enough about the sub­ject. Speak­ing through your hat could lead to em­bar­rass­ing sit­u­a­tions like the per­son ask­ing you more, or worse, point­ing out your lack of in­for­ma­tion. Make strong and rel­e­vant points and don’t be afraid to ex­press your opin­ion.”

10. ROCK­ING A BIKINI WITHOUT GET­TING SU­PER CON­SCIOUS

“I’ve never cared about what any­one thinks of my body, even though I’m in a pro­fes­sion where be­ing in shape is an im­per­a­tive. I wear any­thing I like and yes, hav­ing a toned body does help. But that doesn’t mean you can’t rock a swim­suit or a bikini even if you are curvy. What’s cru­cial is choos­ing the right size of bikini—any­thing too tight will make you look big­ger and any­thing too loose will work in the op­po­site way. If you’re wor­ried about your tummy, pick a dif­fer­ent style of swim­suit—there’s so many op­tions these days! And a sarong al­ways helps. But mostly, just ac­cept and love your­self no mat­ter what size you are.” Styling: Arad­hana Baruah; Hair & Make-Up: Chan­dini Singh; As­sisted by: Pratishruti

Em­bel­lished sheer top, Anand Bhu­san tweed skirt, ASOS; woolen jacket and gloves, all Ra­jesh Pratap Singh; lace up stilet­tos, Sal­va­tore Fer­rag­amo; stone work neck­laces, both Out­house; ear­rings, NiAv; chain- link sling bag, Chris­tian

Louboutin

Heart-mo­tif jumper, Pro­mod; cropped jacket, Pankaj & Nidhi; phulkari work pants, Payal Pratap; watch, Dior; ear­rings, NiAv

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