Kanishtha Dhankar is an Indian supermodel who was crowned Pantaloons Miss India 2011. Kanishtha Dhankar was born on September 21, 1988, in Mumbai. She was raised in Colaba located in South Mumbai. Kanishtha Dhankar was a student of HR college in Mumbai and studied commerce. All pictures/Kanishtha Dhankar Instagram
Kanishtha Dhankar's father Raj Singh Dhankar is an Indian Navy officer and mother Kusum, a lecturer in Delhi. Kanishtha Dhankar's ancestral family is from Haryana. She is second of their three children. Her father was posted in Mumbai at the time of her birth.
Kanishtha Dhankar began her career in modelling in her last year at university where she was scouted by modeling agents
Kanishtha Dhankar has walked the ramp for Lakme Fashion week, Wills India fashion week, Couture week to name a few
Kanishtha Dhankarhas shot for fashion magazines like Vogue, Elle, Grazia, Harpers Bazaar, Marie Claire, Cosmopolitan and has also been on the cover of Elle, Marie Claire, Grazia, and Cosmopolitan
Kanishtha Dhankar competed at the Miss World 2011 pageant in London, United Kingdom. Kanishtha Dhankar was also one of the models who featured in the Kingfisher swimsuit calendar for 2017
In an interview in 2016, said that watching Bollywood actresses instead of models on fashion magazine covers makes Kanishtha Dhankar. She feels models aren't given their rightful place in the industry, but says it could be partly because Indian masses aren't much aware of models
When asked her views on actresses grabbing prominence on fashion magazine covers, Kanishtha Dhankar said, "I think that is partly because our masses are not aware of who the girls are in this modelling industry. But I think slowly people have started recognising the fashion girls or models."
Kanishtha Dhankar added, "But yes, I think it makes all of us sad because we aren't given our place in the industry as you can see that we barely get one cover in a year. Also people who work in a magazine know that they have to pitch Bollywood actresses because they are beautiful women, they are influential and which is why they are on the cover. But I wish that the fashion industry grows further and be able to do what they need to."
About changes in the fashion indistry, Kanishtha Dhankar said, "I have seen girls have changed and what I am really excited to see this time that I have seen so many new faces and they all are so great. It's evolving and fashion is reaching out a lot further."
Kanishtha Dhankar said, "The young, beautiful and skinny tall girls are being observed by the industry and I think it's great because when I started modelling, they (designers) weren't so open to Indian girls, but to foreigners... So I think it's great that everyone is so open to find Indian beauty. The perception has definitely changed."
In an interview, she had said that the myth that all models are s****s annoys her the most
Kanishtha Dhankar believes that there is a vast difference between Indian modelling industries and international modeling industry and that is the later industry is far more professional and they take it seriously
Asked if she considers modelling a stepping stone to films, Kanishtha Dhankar said, "Modelling is a stepping stone to many things -- whether you want to be in Bollywood or go international."
In 2016, Kanishtha Dhankar said that is open to entering Bollywood, "Yes, I am as I find the craft very interesting. Earlier I didn't understand the craft but now that I do, I have lot of respect for it. People approached me when I did Miss India but I think I was a kid then and I had to do other things. I always wanted to travel and explore the world a little bit more... That's why I didn't do it that time."
Kanishtha Dhankar had said that she wouldn't do any item numbers in Bollywood. She says in case she ever does a film, it would have to deliver a message
In 2008, she made a special appearance in Madhur Bhandarkar's film Fashion as a model with Kangana Ranaut and Priyanka Chopra. Kanishtha Dhankar had once said that she wants to work with filmmakers like Anurag Kashyap and Karan Johar
"There are many filmmakers I would want to work with like Anurag, as he has a different sense for cinema, then Karan who makes movies larger than life," said Kanishtha Dhankar
Kanishtha Dhankar also works for 'save girls' in her local hometown in Jhajjar, Haryana
Even though Kanishtha Dhankar is a native of a state where women birth ratio is still questionable, she always had support from her parents and grandparents to grow and make her own choices. Kanishtha Dhankar's grandparents Matu Ram Dhankar and Chawli Devi lived in the village despite her family relocating
Kanishtha Dhankar's grandfather has once said that it is a matter of immense pleasure not only for the residents of Kasni village and Jhajjar district but also the entire state that she has proved that Haryana's daughters are achievers
Concerned about the declining sex ratio in Haryana, Matu Ram opined that his granddaughter Kanishtha Dhankar's achievement will prove instrumental in bringing a significant change among Haryanvis in the matter of gender discrimination.
Kanishtha Dhankar has luscious hair, perfect body and a skin to die for. When it comes to her hair Kanishtha Dhankar says that she loves fenugreek seeds and coconut oil
When it comes to skin, Kanishtha Dhankar makes a pack of yogurt with honey and lemon to keep her skin soft and supple
Kanishtha Dhankar reveals that before every fashion week she regularly does yoga and goes out running. Kanishtha Dhankar meditates everyday before going to bed
Kanishtha Dhankar travels a lot and likes to educate herself on different regions, their lifestyle and culture
Kanishtha Dhankar has always had an edge over her contemporaries just by the sheer force of her personality. Today, Kanishtha Dhankar is one of the most sought-after supermodels in Mumbai and India
Kanishtha Dhankar is one of the popular faces to walk the ramp during fashion weeks. The dusky model's amazing life is painted brightly in her Instagram photos. Check them out!
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