“Standing tall on 6 inch heels and also looking good is no joke!” – Swapnila Gupta
With a roster of top tier MNCs/ FMGCs and celebrity clients, upbeat energy and infectious enthusiasm for the creative process, she is the master of ceremonies. She has had a hand in the creation of the most fashionable images in high-profile glossies. In this IAD talk with the emcee, voice artist, television host and Miss Maxim 2014 winner, Swapnila Gupta shares her mantras for success.
Tell us a little about Swapnila in real life as against a confident fashion model?
Born and raised in Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh, I am a simple girl who believes in ideas of strength and courage in her work. Well, in real life I am opposite to what my profession demands. At times I am even shy and could be very introvert. Sometimes, I feel uneasy and nervous around group of people which makes me different from my profession.
Having said that, I’m definitely going in a very luxury, high-fashion direction with my career and I would like to continue that by consulting with all the brands and photographers that I work with.
What pushed you to take up modelling for a career? We see you hosting many TV shows and emceeing for corporates as well? What and who inspires you?
I realized my passion for modelling during the first year of my college. I started out doing photo shoots with some good photographers and shared those photographs with modelling agencies. Later I got selected as an RJ at Radio Mirchi, which opened the doors toward the entertainment industry. Modelling has really given me an amazing outlet to channel my creative energy and set a stage for myself to realize my ideas. I’m inspired by the honest efforts and some challenging work put forth by people in the modelling and fashion industry.
What was your first ramp walk experience like and your take on fashion modelling?
Standing tall on a 6 inch heel for so long and also look good is not a joke! (laughs) It was a little painful but a very happy experience. I have always enjoyed fashion modelling. It has allowed me to grow into a better and stronger person. I am glad life has taken me here.
Brands you have endorsed and cover page photo shoots?
I have worked with many Indian and International designers and endorsed major brands – Pepsodent, Javed Habib, Enrich Salon to name a few. As for prints and web campaigns, I have been featured in many magazines – Maxim India, Salon International, Youth Incorporated, Woman’s Era, Femina and Filmfare.
Voice over for actress Ariana Ayam for movie HEARTLESS directed by Shekhar Suman:
What is the secret behind your youthful personality?
If I talk about individual personality, we should know who we are and be truthful to ourselves and people around us. Being yourself will only make you unique and special.
Your fashion statement and tips?
Normally I don’t wear revealing outfits. I feel comfortable in wearing simple, vibrant, clean clothes. As cliche as it sounds for tips, wear what suits you and what you feel comfortable in. Today, looking fashionable is in your own hands.
Swapnila for Miss Maxim India 2014: