Indrani Das is a professional fashion model, an engineer, a radio personality. From childhood, she was involved with classical dancing. Indrani is also an Emcc/presenter/host. She is assisting her father in different engineering projects too.
Q: How did you become a model?
A: I never planned to be a model. I used to be a classical dancer and somehow once in Chittagong I saw few models from Dhaka who went for a show that might have caught my eyes. I still don’t know how I became a model. I am always up to trying new pathways. May be my interest made me a model.
Q: What was your first big break in the industry?
A: Well, I can’t say it specifically. But I did so many shows and shoots. But if I need to mention then I would say “AARONG”. I am the model of AARONG since 2014. That’s the break, I guess so. After that, I endorsed so many brands like Catseye, Amber, Pride, Rise, Ocode etc.
Q: What’s one of the most interesting shoots that you’ve done?
A: Well, each photoshoot contains different concepts as per brands requirements. It’s hard to mention or name one. But it’s quite fascinating for me to do photoshoots with different contents.
Q: Who’s your favourite photographer you’ve done a shoot with and why?
A: As I said before it’s hard to mention one, I have worked with a plethora of photographers in my home country and internationally in different projects and the outputs are also different.
Q: You are currently in Dhaka. How’s model life in Dhaka?
A: Life of a model in Dhaka might vary from person to person. If I write from my point of view, I would say I am doing good by the grace of Almighty. It absolutely depends on one how she or he is balancing professional and personal life. But one thing I can say, it’s so much of hard work, extreme pressure, expensive lifestyle throughout the world so do in Dhaka too.
Q: Could you describe your daily routine?
A: It varies from day to day. If I have a tight schedule for photoshoots, ramp shows or events to host then it’s a kind off rush day for me. If I have an office to do with my father, then the scenario is different. And if I have nothing to do, I almost sleep all day but that does not happen usually.
Q: Which make-up brands are you using?
A: I am so bad with makeup brand names, as I have excessive sensitive dry skin. I always look for something suitable for my skin. My go-to make up brands are (Mac, Estee lauder body shop).
Q: What’s your favourite outfit to wear to castings?
A: As simple as possible a skinny fitted jeans, a tee, a pair of good shoes. For add on maybe simple neat Jewellery. Don’t forget to have clean and healthy skin.
Q: Who is your all-time favourite model and why?
A: When it comes to favourite model, I would say the seniors and the pioneers of our country such as respected Nobel Bhai, Mou Apu and so on who are currently leading our fashion industry. I believe in observing people and learn from them, each person helps me learn something different. So I would like to say-observe the leaders and learn from them. Thus I grow myself.
Q: What is your greatest strength, as a model?
A: For me a lot. As a fashion model, I interact with a lot of people on sets such as photographers, directors, wardrobe masters, other models, hair and makeup artists. It helps me in my office to deal with a different group of corporate clients. Models who can work on photoshoots as well as in fashion shows often have more job opportunities than those who specialize in only one or the other. Such versatility is valued in the fashion industry and also in outer Industry. The face value that I have as a model enhances my opportunity in other sectors too. Some of the strength that a model has, a good sense of style, adaptability, a positive attitude, excellent stamina, communication skills, ability to look good always and outstanding facial projection, time management.
Q: What is your greatest weakness, as a model? What are you doing to improve on it?
A: I always try to wear my confidence. There are days when I felt that my height (5’6″) is a barrier and tough job to work with international brands or fashion shows and once I took it as a weakness. But now, I love myself with all the flaws I have. I believe our greatest weakness is our mind. I am trying to train my mind in such a way that it can stay calm and tackle every up and down in life. Besides, people will backbite that doesn’t matter what good or bad you are doing. It used to break my heart. Now, I believe they talk back about me and they belong to that place.
Q: What are your goals as a model?
A: I am lucky enough and quite happy with my achievements as a model. My future goal is to try modelling abroad. Apart from this, in Bangladesh, it’s tough to take modelling as the only career. So my goal is to set realistic income goals. In future, I want to be a multi-dimensional entrepreneur. I have my plan to set my business in the fashion industry.
Q: Can you share the funniest or most interesting story that happened to you since you became a model?
A: There are so many! Each photo shoot or fashion show comes up with different funniest or scary stories. But, I enjoy all of them. One I can mention, we had a shoot in the Padma river. That’s a long scary story. I, with the crew members, was supposed to die in the middle of the Padma river. Thanks to the Almighty that we all are safe and sound.
Q: What are your achievements so far as a model?
A: Apart from endorsing local brands few of my achievements are- #Did my first international fashion show “threads of heritage” in Thailand (2016) #Face of Asia 2017 #Represented Bangladesh as an international model (Face of Asia) in ” Pyeongchang Winter Olympics 2018 (South Korea) #Top 30 in MTV VJ search platform in Bangladesh #Hosted the first-ever stunt reality show in Bangladesh “NTV Pulsar stunt mania 2019.”
Q: Do you have any plan to use your success to bring goodness to the world?
A: Goodness is a choice. We all have the choice to spread goodness in the world. According to the plan, nothing might happen. But every day we can do a little bit of good from where we are. It is those little bits of good put together that overwhelm the world. Success might not stay for a longer period but the blessings from people will remain forever. I want to travel each corner of the world and get the taste of different cultures and want to be a free spirit. Great!
Q: Do you have any advice for the newcomers in modelling?
A: To the newcomers, first, learn a bit about the fashion industry how it runs. Before doing anything, research as much as you can. Know about the honourable photographers, choreographers, seniors, designers the whole Industry. Mostly know thyself. Grooming is important too. Get groomed from professional groomers. One more thing, education is important. It’s for self-improvement. We all should know how to balance life.