Thursday, April 21, 2011
Ashika Pratt is shaping up to become New Zealand's female answer to Colin Mathura-Jeffree. Here are the facts: both are of half Indian, half English heritage; both were born in New Zealand but found prominent success in the Indian modelling market; both have appeared on multiple magazine covers; and both have starred in a Bollywood film. Vogue India, which Pratt covered in April, called her "India's new supermodel". Last year, the magazine put her on the Vogue Fashion Power List, saying, "This New Zealand born-and-raised beauty is part-girl-next-door and part-temptress. As far as we're concerned that's a winning combination on any continent." Also last year, she was named one of Elle India's Sexiest Models.
But it seems her biggest claim to mainstream fame thus far (besides that Bollywood movie), is her inclusion in the 2010 Kingfisher Beer calendar. As far as I can tell, it's the Indian equivalent to the Pirelli calendar.
Pratt has just arrived in London, where she's signed with FM Agency. Here's hoping the British industry will be so responsive. GO THE KIWIS!
All photos from Vogue India's April issue courtesy of Nova.
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