Interview With Supermodel Jesse Randhawa
Posted by Editor on December 29, 2008 | 2 Comment
Tell me how did your journey begin in modeling?
The fact that you have been ruling the modeling industry for the last decade, what do you feel about your decision to become a model (smiles)?
Yes (smile) it’s been fun.
Tell us about the changes that you have seen in the modeling industry from when you started to now, also about the fashion designers that you have worked with?
When I first started, there were not too many shows, not too much of work for us. Now this business is flourishing. Earlier there were not as many models as there are now, this has increased competition, which is good because it pushes everyone up, as we reach the international levels in modeling. Basically the top designers, for the last decade, have been pretty much the same. The new crop is good too, but I don’t see them exceeding the high standards set by Rohit Bal, JJ Valaya and Shahab Durazi. In the current crop I like designers like Manish Arora, who has been very distinct in his style, like Wendell Rodricks, who has his own style, again very distinct. So yes, there have been the new crop that has come out in full force, but as far as the basic structure of Indian design, which has been set forth by Rohit, JJ and Shahab, those have still to be exceeded.
The other thing with the designers is that now they have come to accept my short hair. When I first started there was nobody else who had short hair, so the designers were unaccustomed to that, but now there is an acceptance among the designers. They had this concept of the typical Indian woman, with long hair, light eyes, fair complexioned. Dark skinned or tanned models were not that acceptable, back when I started, but now things have gradually changed. This included my own acceptance as a popular model, now as I see it, everybody wants to work with me.
From Jasmeet Kaur Randhawa to Jesse….?
I’m still Jasmeet Kaur Randhawa (smiles) and still request people to call me by my full name, but from the beginning people have been shortening my name, so I guess I’m ok with that.
Many models from your time have switched to television or films, what about you?
Because of my body structure, that is my height (5 ft 11 inches) and my short hair, the practical truth is that I might not fit into the film and television world of India…
So you think you would not fit into the mould of conventional roles?
That’s right, and they don’t as of now, make too many unconventional roles…..
But you have done a couple of films?
I play a college lecturer in GULAAL, which is all about Rajasthan college politics. It is going to be my next release, about time it came out, has been in the works for too long now. I enjoyed essaying that role and wish for similar kind of roles from our filmmakers.
Interviewer: So anyone looking for a tall girl, with short hair and having stunning, beautiful and expressive eyes, should call up Jesse Randhawa at ……..
Unlike a lot of your contemporaries, you have chosen dancing as your calling and that too Ballroom Dancing. How and why?
What does the future hold?
I think I need to discover my inner self a little more, to think about where I intend to spend my time in the future
Tell us something about Jesse Randhawa that the world does not know? What else is there to the persona, other than the ramp, the glamour and the dance?
I see myself as a little too honest in today’s world and am a simple human being. Oh and my voice does not go with my personality (smiles). I am given to understand that the words snooty, snobbish and reserved are often associated with me, but for the people who really know me, I often times hear positive comments like, "we never expected you to be how you really are, as opposed to the persona that is perceived."