Karishma Karnik was one of the top 5 finalists at the Femina Miss India Pageant in the year 2009. She also won the Bajaj Allianz Femina Miss Confident and Sony My Miss India sub-titles at the Femina Miss India pageant in 2009.
She is one of those classic Indian beauties who make men loose their minds.
Model Deepika Saxena interviews Karishma Karnik for specific tips on beauty and fashion.
ACCORDING TO YOU, WHAT DOES IT TAKE TO BE A SUCCESSFUL MODEL?
Great guts and determination to take on the modeling industry and keep up with it. A good body and a chiseled face. A good attitude that should come across on the ramp or in front of the camera but no attitude otherwise. Stay grounded and focused when it comes to personal relations.
DOES PARTICIPATING IN NATIONAL / INTERNATIONAL LEVEL PAGEANTS HELP IN YOUR MODELLING CAREER, HOW?
Participating in national / international pageants definitely helps as pageants are a platform for instant recognition, publicity and exposure for a model. Models get noticed and that could be a head start. The grooming a fresher gets at such pageants is an added benefit.
However, there are exceptions too and a pageant is not the only way to success as a Model.
HOW DO YOU TAKE CARE OF YOUR SKIN?
Water – Lots of it, Regular exercise, and thorough cleansing and removing even that last speck of make-up.
HOW DO YOU TAKE CARE OF YOUR HAIR?
My biggest mistake has been getting a perm. Thus, avoid getting any chemical treatments done to your hair.
In the modeling industry, the hair and skin are subject to regular mishandling; hence a model has to go beyond to treat the hair and skin.
Lots of water, regular exercise and timely oiling and cleansing is a must.
WHAT IS YOUR FITNESS REGIME?
I work out early in the morning when the body and mind is fresh after a good sleep. I maintain a routine of alternate cardio and full body work outs. I also cheat once a week 😉 with my diet and the gym routine.
I love YOGA for the Pranayam (breathing techniques) so I try including that in my gym routine.
DO U FOLLOW ANY SPECIAL DIET? IF YES, WHAT?
No , I eat everything in small quantities spread over in 5 meals. This keeps my body’s metabolism high and avoids hunger pangs. Once in a while it is good to follow a detox diet.
HOW DO U KEEP YOURSELF MOTIVATED?
Being on the ramp, getting photographed and the admiration one receives as a model is exhilarating. In fact, living a models life means excitement and change all the time whether it’s the experiences, the locations, the designers. Keeping up with the change is my motivation.
HOW DO YOU DEAL WITH COMPETITION?
I am my only competition. I always strive to be better than I was before.
DID U FACE ANY BARRIER WHILE STARTING YOUR MODELING CAREER? HOW DID U OVERCOME IT?
As a typical curvy Indian woman, I had to shed lots of weight before venturing into the industry. Sadly, the industry still wants stick thin bodies which Indian women are not made for (Exceptions do exist).
Hence, I have to be very particular about keeping my body in shape with regular work outs and a good diet.
HOW TO YOU DEAL WITH REJECTION?
Rejection is part and parcel of life. We just have to learn to accept, forget and move on. I maintain a positive attitude and keep my mind open to acceptance or rejection.
WHO IS YOUR ROLE MODEL AND WHY?
I have no role models, however I admire strong women like Sushmita Sen, Preity Zinta, Lisa Ray, Sonia Gandhi and many more. I would say an amalgamation of the strengths of all these icons would make a true role model for me
DOES COMING FROM A SMALL TOWN HAVE ANY DRAWBACKS IN MAKING IT BIG IN THE GLAMOUR WORLD?
I do not think that coming from a small town has any drawbacks in making it big in the industry. There are live examples of such cases. It is talent that counts not where you come from.
WHAT DO YOU DO TO RELAX?
I spend time with family, friends and my pets. It’s the best way to unwind. A good book with a good cuppa coffee is always welcome.
MissPerfectWoman.com wishes Karishma all the very best in her modeling career. May this girl go a long way.
Also, a special thank you to model Deepika Saxena for putting this interview together.