Lean is in, big and mus­cu­lar is passé in the mod­el­ling world

Hindustan Times (Patna) - Live - - Front Page - Ak­shay Kaushal

If you are an as­pir­ing male model, a beefed up body is un­likely to get you cov­eted as­sign­ments any­more. Bulked up In­dian male mod­els are be­ing asked to be­come lean to suit cur­rent trends in the fash­ion world. And there is plenty of in­spi­ra­tion com­ing from abroad. “Lean mod­els took over global ramp a few years ago. You don’t see beefed up mod­els at global fash­ion weeks. The trend is mak­ing its way to In­dia. Clients ask for lean mod­els with an­drog­y­nous looks, while big­ger mod­els were in de­mand ear­lier,” says model co­or­di­na­tor Sunny Sapra.

De­signer Gau­rav Khanijo says that he prefers lean mod­els. “Boys who are too mus­cu­lar kill the look of the gar­ment. We don’t want our mod­els to look like akhara boys,” he says. FDCI pres­i­dent Su­nil Sethi agrees. “It’s the lean frame that works now. De­sign­ers are se­lect­ing lean mod­els dur­ing au­di­tions.”

Many male mod­els are try­ing to lose weight to con­form to the trend. Model Anand Dixit was size 43 when he started mod­el­ling. Agen­cies asked him to get leaner. “I worked hard to lose weight,” says Dixit who is size 38 now.

Does this in­di­cate that soon, we will see skinny mod­els on the ramp ? De­sign­ers say that it’s un­likely. The In­dian fash­ion in­dus­try would hope­fully vote for a bal­anced body type that is athletic. “Both beefed up and skinny bod­ies are a mis­fit for In­dian ramp. While the mar­ket is over for wrestler type mod­els, I don’t think anorexic would work ei­ther. We should aim for bal­ance. Milind So­man’s athletic body is the per­fect ex­am­ple. 38 is the stan­dard size that we are fol­low­ing these days while se­lect­ing mod­els,” says Khanijo.

PHOTO: GIO STAIANO/NOWFASHION/ THE NEW YORK TIMES PHOTO: FRAN­COIS GUILLOT/AFP

Model Anand Dixit has gone from size 43 to 38 in the last six months

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