A friend passed this article on to me, which appeared recently in an nymag.com article, and speculates why there are so few Indian and South Asian models who are making it big. Lakshmi Menon (above) has been among the few models (who hasn’t been tied to Bollywood films and the like) to make it major with her Hermès ad and Indian Vogue cover.
Is it cultural taboos? Being afraid of taking risks? Prejudices?
I think the cultural taboos may have to do a lot with it. Kind of conjures up memories of Season 3’s America’s Next Top Model, where Indian model Julie Titas gets the ax for saying she’s hoping modeling will be a stepping stone into the world of apparel manufacturing. Tyra didn’t like that too much.
Read on and let me know what you think: Why Don’t More Indian and South Asian Models Book Top Jobs?