India’s Next Top Model?
India’s modeling industry has given the world some notable exports, including Ujwalla Raut and Padma Lakshmi and most recently, Lakshmi Menon. After snagging starring roles in Givenchy and Hermès campaigns, Menon walked a full slate of top-tier shows at the Spring collections and posed for lensman Mario Testino in a recent issue of Paris Vogue. There’s a new girl, though, who might be the country’s next big thing: Kangana Dutta. Recently signed by IMG, she walked for Vivienne Westwood and Kris Van Assche and had a major editorial in the September issue of Harper’s Bazaar, shot by Oliviero Toscani. As emerging markets become more and more important for luxury brands looking to meet their bottom lines, the trend toward increasingly diverse models starts to make sense. As Dutta says, “Indian women stand out, from the color of their skin to their features. Without us, fashion isn’t complete.”