What made you first become a model?
I never became a model. I took up a few modeling assignments to be able to work as a freelance actress.
How did you feel when you did your first ever fashion show or a photo shoot?
Terrible. It felt silly.
Who was your role model as a child and how did that help in being a model?
My role models when growing up and studying in college were writers and my professors.
What did your parent first think of you being a model and where they supportive?
My parents are pretty supportive and they have seen a couple of my films. But they are still sceptical.
Your Take on size 0 debate in the industry?
Size 0 when accompanied by extreme dieting and anorexia is a terrible phenomenon. Ramp models however do a different body type, which makes them suitable for their job. But it does not make sense for the general population to aspire to that kind of look.
If your were not a model, what other profession would you have been doing instead?
What beauty tips do you swear by?
fresh fruits, dance, rose water
If a young girl/boy wanted to be a model what would your advice for them be?
Don’t do it as an end to itself, but as a means to something else.
Who do you aspire to be like? As successful as?
As successful as I can be. I would like at some point like to be free. Free to learn new things, to travel, and to photograph.
what product brands do you use for your skin.
I love Clinique. It’s pure and simple.
Favorite dress style you really like to wear?
Cotton summer dresses, saris
Favorite Actress and Actor? Why are they your favorite?
Guru Dutt and Waheda Rehman. They are elegant, romantic and playful.
What characteristics do you think a man should possess?
humor, honesty, intelligence, optimism, spontaneity, dance salsa
|Elena with Saif in the film Agent Vinod.|