Nagaland is one of the states in northeast India that has remained somewhat mystic to the outside world. Thinking of Nagaland conjures up images of exotic foods, amazing natural spots and indigenous tribes living life away from modern civilization etc. However, things have changed with time drastically. Present generation Naga women do not limit themselves to household chores and bringing up kids alone! A number of talented and brave Naga ladies have stepped into the glamour world in the last decade. These Naga models have sizzled the ramp and made a place for themselves in the competitive world of showbiz and modeling. This is no mean feat considering they all had to battle and overcome several hurdles like lack of experience, cultural prejudice and initial opposition from their families.
Below listed are the top and talented female models from Nagaland:
Ketholeno Kense is one talented Angami lady who has established herself as a supermodel. She achieved fame after featuring in the Kingfisher Calendar in 2014, a feat not many models in India can achieve. Atul Kasbekar, a top fashion photographer hailed her as one of the upcoming supermodels at that time. Born and brought up in Dimapur, Kense has come a long way and wants to make it big in the glittering world of showbiz. She has drawn inspiration from Supermodel Indrani Dasgupta.
For Akuonuo Khezhie, the major break into the world of showbiz came in 2007. She got selected as one of the Miss India 2007 contest finalists. She went on to win Pantaloons Face of the Year and Sony Miss India pageants. Later she went to NYC and bagged contract for 6 months with Star Models and followed it up by a deal with Ikon Model Management. Later she took part in coveted Couture Fashion Week 2011. She was pivotal behind setting up northeast India’s biggest performing arts institute in Dimapur named ‘Northeast India Academy of Performing Arts’. She serves as the MD of NIAPA. Her success in Femina Fresh Face in 2007 paved the way for entry into modeling career even though in her student days in Delhi University she did not think about it.
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Another Angami Naga lady, Kethose Nagi is another successful and talented supermodel hailing from north East India. She did her masters from Northumbria University UK in Fashion management and Entrepreneurship. She became Miss Newcastle British Empire which was a feather in her cap. Born in Kohima, Nagi has achieved a lot in her career already and looks forward to a brighter future. It all started when she made it to the final of Kingfisher calendar hunt in 2011 and thereafter she did switch a number of jobs. She did not give up her studies even after making it big in modeling which few in her field can maintain. She dreams of making it big as an entrepreneur in future.
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This beautiful and talented small town girl from Nagaland had her brush with glittering modeling world after bagging a contract from Elite Model Management. She went on to endorse behemoths like Gucci and Benetton in her career. Carol has also done shows for the NDTV Good Times. In fact, she did a cameo in the flick ‘Kya Superkool Hai Hum’ released by Balaji Telefilms in recent times. Carol has also participated in Wills Lifestyle India fashion week, India Couture Week and Lakme fashion week. Now she has to live in both Mumbai and Delhi to manage her assignments.
Born to a Malayali father and Naga mother, Gloria Tep was born and brought up in Nagaland. After doing from schooling from Dimapur, she went to Bangalore to pursue higher studies. After wrapping her masters in Psychology from Delhi’s Ambedkar University, Gloria burst into the modeling scene with an impact few can achieve at such a young age. She was Northeast’s representative in the India’s Next Top Model contest. Gloria became the second runner up in the coveted contest. She got guidance from fashion industry stalwarts like actor Lisa Haydon and MTV VJ Anusha Dandekar but it was her confidence and talent that helped her sail through.
Other successful models from Nagaland
The rise and success of these Naga models have inspired several other women in the hilly northeastern state and more aspirants are opting for career in showbiz. Other successful models like Ethiel Konyak and Esther Jamir have also carved a niche for themselves in Indian modeling industry. Jamir is a popular face in Northeast fashion scene as well.
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