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There was a time when seeing an Indian model on the runways of New York or Paris or in an ad campaign outside of India was a rare sight. Although, there’s still progress to be made, models like Keisha Lall, Rasika Navare, Neelam Gill and Bhumika Arora are starting to become the norm rather than the exception. You can now add Pooja Mor to the growing list of names gaining world wide recognition. Her stunning debut at Nicholas Ghesquière’s Louis Vuitton show officially put her on the map and had everyone talking. We caught up with Pooja by email shortly after the show where she told us what it was like to walk in her first international show and how Instagram had a little something to do with her getting noticed by agents in the US.
You’re a relative newcomer to the modeling world, having just signed with your agency, Anima Creatives, last year. What were you doing before and how did you start modeling?
I was studying at my university in Ahmedabad when I was scouted by Clean & Clear Fresh Face. That led to other opportunities including winning the title of Miss Ahmedabad. After I completed my studies, I went to try modeling in Delhi. And from there my lovely agent Gunita spotted me and I signed with Anima Creatives in March last year.
You’ve already done some incredible fashion editorials and brand campaigns in the short time you’ve been working. Do you have a favorite project you’ve worked on thus far?
I can’t really pick one. I feel that I have given the same effort to every project but some of my favorite shoots in India have been the Vogue editorial I did with photographer Signe Vilstrup and the Ritu Kumar campaign photographed by Farrokh Chothia, just to name a few.
Is it true that Instagram had something to do with you getting scouted by agents in the US?
Hehe yes, absolutely! I got scouted by Elite through model Keisha Lal’s Instagram after they saw behind the scenes pics from a Grazia editorial.
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You just made your international runway debut at the Louis Vuitton show in Palm Springs. What was that experience like?
It was really a once in a lifetime experience! We did the show at Mr. Bob Hope’s house in Palm Springs which was incredibly beautiful and had the most amazing views. I really had to focus straight ahead while walking because I was so distracted by the view which was of course the perfect backdrop for Nicholas Ghesquière’s collection.
What did you think of Nicholas’ collection?
It was amazing! Every look was so empowering in itself and I loved the olive green dress I wore with the flowy skirt with a hint of white at the end. It looked like from some other world.
Are you surprised by all the attention you’ve received since the show?
I felt as if it was my birthday, I was getting so many notifications and was emailing back and forth with my agents all day. I actually spent the after party writing an interview standing in the corner of the dance floor! It was still daytime in India and I was getting emails from Gunita saying, ‘Hey babe, I know you’re at the after party but we have these interviews…’ But I loved all the support I was getting, especially from India.
Do you have any other exciting projects lined up that you can tell us about?
Fingers crossed, you will know if anything happens!
What do you enjoy doing when you’re not working?
I just moved to New York last month and have not had much time to see the city until now. I love going to Central Park or even walking here as there is so much to see and do.
Images courtesy of: Anima Creative Management