What makes a model stand out from the crowd? Being gorgeous helps, obviously, but the ones who last in the fashion industry tend to have an intangible charisma, and a quirky signature – be it a peculiar gait or an unflattering birthmark they proudly show off. Another thing they have in common is confidence.
Keralite model Reshma Nambiar too considers confidence her game. With her bushy eyebrows that look like wayward rebels, the 23-year-old has graced several prestigious fashion runways of the nation.
But up until January 2017, when Reshma became the first runner up of Miss South India Contest 2017, the blue-eyed beauty was just another aspiring model who was also a B.Tech graduate. She was also bestowed with the titles of Miss Congeniality and Miss Catwalk at the event. “I never wished for the ultimate crown. But I never wanted to miss the catwalk title. I was so madly in love with it,” she said.
Born to an army officer-schoolteacher couple, Reshma has always had an eye for fashion and kept herself hip on the scene. At college, she happily took up the mantle of fashion convener and organized intercollegiate ramp shows and contests. She also single-handedly trained her fashion illiterate friends to walk the runway and designed their outfits for the show. Yes, she was barely an engineer at heart.
Hailing from Vadakara in Calicut, the long-legged lass is also a sportsperson. “My parents never took me seriously when I told them that I wanted to pursue a career in the fashion industry. They were pretty strict, but never restricted me or my younger brother from pursuing our interests.
“As a teenager, I used to steal my mother's old sarees and run across the street to a tailor with some new design idea. But my mom never scolded me for that. Perhaps she knew I had a flair for fashion,” she said.
Reshma is now looking forward to participating in the Miss India contest to represent India on an international level. Yes, aiming for the stars, quite literally. Or perhaps, as she says, her patriotic sentiment is at play: “Because I was raised among army men, I think it's a privilege to represent my nation before an international audience.”
Ask if she would try her luck in the glitzy world of cinema, and Reshma laughs heartily. Seems like she wants to take it slowly: one step at a time.
A Green Peace Federation volunteer, Reshma is currently doing her post graduation alongside modeling. She is also an eloquent orator and a writer.
Interestingly, her favorite author is Paulo Coelho, who is often considered as the torchbearer of hope for those who dream big.