When Shamita Singh an experienced well-known model was interviewed, she actually spoke a lot about the incidents we would have never known about the modeling industry. According to her experience, some of our models have found themselves in unsuitable and unacceptable situations which have kept them wondering “did that really happened?” Model Shamita explaining her years of old experience and here is what she has to say about this modeling industry.
“After working here for over 16 years, nothing really shocks me anymore. If some models party their asses off, smoke, drink, snort cocaine, have plenty of affairs and one-night stands, there are many who get married early and have kids… everything is considered normal here.” There are much more facts that she has disclosed and shared about her modeling career.
Shamita shared her experience of when she came across this unexpected incident. “After a fashion week in Bengaluru, I headed up to the hotel room where the after-party was supposed to be. Except, as I knocked on the door, I realized everything was strangely quiet. A fellow male model opened the door wearing only a towel and a shocked expression. It might have had something to do with the fact that there were two other models — one male and one female — buck naked in bed behind him.”
This was one of the indecent proposals she came across in her modeling profession. “At one particular fashion week, one of the male models tried hitting on me. But here’s the thing – I’m married! The poor guy only discovered that when he added me on Facebook and saw my relationship status. During fittings on the same day, the changing rooms for the female and male models somehow got swapped and I ended up in a very naked boys’ room. Now, you have to understand that nakedness is nothing new for a model, so I simply apologized and turned to leave. That’s when my suitor commented, “Kabhi kabaar chicken bhi khaa liya karo, roz dal chawal khaane mein mazaa thodi a hai?” (Have some chicken once in a while, what’s the fun in only eating rice and dal everyday?)”
Yes, The poor and famous
Here she spoke on the heights of what we can call shamelessness. “A really well-established Delhi designer promised to pay me after the show. The amount wasn’t much back then, but he still refused to pay eventually. Whenever I cross paths with him at events today, he looks right through me and pretends as if nothing ever happened.”
Crossing the line
As Shamita started her modeling career at the very early age this was when she came out of the shell, quiet uncomfortable moment, though. “I was in my teens when I started to pursue modeling as a career. At one of my first jobs which had a bedroom set-up, the elderly photographer told me to strip and get under the covers to give the photos a “realistic feel.” Being only 17 at the time, it made me extremely uncomfortable.”
Models do come across these kind of incidents and as early as they try to fit themselves into those modeling criteria better for them to take their career to a higher level. As Shamita said that nothing really amazes her if its model smoking or snorting cocaine, it’s just another day and just another incident of her modeling career which has become a part of her life and may be of many of those struggling stars out there.
Based on conersations with multiple veteran Indian female models.