Milind Soman, Malika Arora, Karishma Tanna: Models from Mumbai who made it big

Oct 21, 2018, 15:50 IST
  • Milind Soman, Malika Arora, Karishma Tanna: Models from Mumbai who made it big

    Indian supermodel, actor, film producer & fitness promoter, marathon runner and the list goes on. - that's Milind Soman for you. Milind Soman studied at Dr. Antonio Da Silva High School and Jr. College of Commerce, Mumbai. Later, he completed his Diploma in Electrical Engineering from M. H. Saboo Siddik Polytechnic, Byculla. Although well known and widely popular for his physique, social causes and chiseled body, Soman's life was scarred by the biggest controversy that the modelling industry experience back then. He along with Madhu Sapre, an ex-Miss India and model had posed nude in a print ad for Tuffs Shoes which created a lot of stir and led to a case been registered against them. Although not much known for his Bollywood stint, Milind Soman became a Limca Record holder for running 1,500 km in 30 days for Greenathon that aimed to spread environmental awareness. He is known as the Ironman. Pic/MilindSoman/Twitter

  • Milind Soman, Malika Arora, Karishma Tanna: Models from Mumbai who made it big

    Indian supermodel, reality tv star, professional make-up artist, shoe designer, stylist, now an actor and mentor to aspiring models and wannabe chef is how Diandra Soares describes herself on Twitter.  Diandra has been active in the field of modeling since the age of 16. Her first assignment was for Tips and Toes and her first show was for McDowell's. Back in 1995, Diandra was crowned as Miss Bombay which paved her way into modeling and eventually the entertainment industry. A true model and showstopper Diandra is well noted for her bald looks on the ramp. Often designers would open and close their shows with Soares at the Lakme Fashion Week. Diandra was born and raised in a catholic family in Bandra and is the eldest among her two more siblings. She did her schooling from St Xavier’s High School, Fort and used to often take part in dancing and modeling competitions. Her sole inspiration behind becoming a model was former India model Madhu Sapre. Pic/DiandraSoares/Twitter

  • Milind Soman, Malika Arora, Karishma Tanna: Models from Mumbai who made it big

    Malaika Arora - Actress, dancer, model, VJ, television presenter and the list goes on. Words can’t describe this supermodel who went on to become the dancing diva of Bollywood and Indian Cinema. Malaika Arora spent her childhood days in Thane and Chembur. She completed her education from Swami Vivekanand School in Chembur and pursued her college education from Jai Hind College, Churchgate but did not complete it on account of professional engagements. Malaika Arora started her career as one of the MTV VJs and then went on to co-anchor the show with Cyrus Broacha. After Malaika entered the world of modelling, she was seen appearing in many advertisements, for album songs like Bally Sagoo's "Gur Naalo Ishq Mitha" opposite Jas Arora and item numbers such as "Chaiyya Chaiyya" in the 1998 Bollywood film Dil Se. She has grooved to many item songs in movies such as Om Shanti Om, Housefull and it's sequel, Dabangg and it's sequel. to She lived in Borla Society, Chembur opposite Basant Talkies before her modeling days but still considers Chembur to be her Home. Pic/MalaikaArora/Instagram

  • Milind Soman, Malika Arora, Karishma Tanna: Models from Mumbai who made it big

    A regular at premier fashion events like the Lakme Fashion Week and India Fashion is supermodel Candice Pinto who shot to fame after winning the Miss Tourism International in 2001. Candice was born in Mumbai into a Catholic family. Half-Goan, half-Mangalorean Candice grew up with her three siblings. She attended Holy Cross High School (Kurla) and graduated from South Indian Education Society (SIES) College in Sion, Mumbai, where she was awarded a Master's degree in Economics. Tasting success at a very young age, Candice went on to represent India at international contests like the International Mega Model Contest and the Miss Intercontinental pageant which was held in Germany. Candice finished in the top ten and won 'best body' at the Top Model of the World contest, held in Munich, Germany in 2001. Pic/CandicePinto/Twitter

  • Milind Soman, Malika Arora, Karishma Tanna: Models from Mumbai who made it big

    The first runner-up of Big Boss 2014, Karishma Tanna is widely known for her role in Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi, Naagarjuna – Ek Yodha and recently for her brief cameo in the film Sanju. An actress, model, and anchor par excellence, Karishma studied at Sydenham College of Commerce and Economics before starting her career into acting and modeling. Born into a middle-class Gujarati family Karishma was always interested in acting and dancing made her debut at the age of 17. In 2015, she won the title of ‘Stylish female in a reality show’ in the house of ‘Bigg Boss 8′. Whereas in 2016, she won Zee Gold Awards for being the ‘Most Fit Actress’. Pic/KarishmaTanna/Twitter

  • Milind Soman, Malika Arora, Karishma Tanna: Models from Mumbai who made it big

    Supermodel Sheetal Mallar was born and raised in Mumbai and went on to win the Elite Look of the year and Femina Look of the year in 1994. She defeated none other than a supermodel, Madhu Sapre to clinch these titles. Sheetal studies at Canossa Convent and went on to pursue her B.Com degree from Sydenham College, Mumbai, which she discontinued in her third year. After almost dominating the whole decade of the 1990s and early 2000s as a supermodel, Sheetal went on to try her hands at the camera and went on to work as a photographer at Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week where she shot a series of backstage photographs. She was placed among the top 12 finalists in the Elite Supermodel Contest held in 1994 and worked for brands such as Armani and Fendi. After missing from the fashion scene for quite some time she in an interview stated that she can't do modeling forever. Pic/SheetalMallar/Twitter

  • Milind Soman, Malika Arora, Karishma Tanna: Models from Mumbai who made it big

    Genelia D'Souza is a popular actor from Bollywood but before acting Genelia was a model too. Born and brought up in Bandra in an East Indian family, Genelia studied at the Apostolic Carmel High School in Bandra and later joined St Andrew’s College Bandra to pursue her bachelor's degree of Management Studies. Genelia did her first modeling assignment at the age of 15 which was due to the result of being spotted as a bridesmaid at a wedding. She went on to shoot for the Parker Pen commercial with Amitabh Bachchan and thereafter a Fair and Lovely ad during the 2003 Cricket world cup with cricketer Krishnamachari Srikkanth. Genelia was also a state level athlete, sprinter, and a national level football player. Pic/GeneliaDsouza/Twitter

  • Milind Soman, Malika Arora, Karishma Tanna: Models from Mumbai who made it big

    Erica Fernandes is an Indian film actress and model who has appeared in Kannada, Hindi, Tamil and Telugu films. Before the acting bug bit her, Erica was a model and took part in the Femina Miss India 2012 beauty pageant where she finished in the top 10. A model, an actor, a vlogger are a few of the facets of her life. Born in a Konkani Mangalorean Catholic family modeling was in her genes since her father was a former model. Erica finished her schooling from Holy Cross High School, Kurla and completed her pre-degree course from SIES College, Sion. She even enrolled for a BA degree but discontinued the same to pursue a career in modeling. Pic/EricaFernandes/Facebook

  • Milind Soman, Malika Arora, Karishma Tanna: Models from Mumbai who made it big

    Miss India Oman (1997) and Winner of Femina Miss India (2007), Sarah Jane Dias needs no introduction. A well-known face in the glamour industry Sarah Jane Dias was born into a Mangalorean-Konkani family in Muscat. After which she completed her graduation from Bandra’s St Andrew’s College. At the age of 21 she won a talent hunt competition and since then there has been no turning back for her. She went on to work in films like  Theeradha Vilaiyattu Pillai ( Tamil), Game ( Hindi), Panjaa Sandhya (Telegu) and Kyaa Super Kool Hai Hum, Game ( Hindi). Pic/SarahJaneDias/Twitter

  • Milind Soman, Malika Arora, Karishma Tanna: Models from Mumbai who made it big

    Carol Gracias is an Indian supermodel who was born and brought up in a Goan catholic family in Mumbai. A winner of coveted India's L'Oréal/Elite Look of the Year title and a runner-up of the reality show Bigg Boss in 2006, Carol finished her graduation from St Andrew’s College in Bandra. Known as the queen of the ramp, Carol rose to fame due to her unique style of modeling and a vibrant personality. Her friends more often than not describe her as fun, predictable, crazy and naive person! After a brief stint in modeling, Carol went on to act in movies such as Being Cyrus (2005), Bluffmaster! (2005) and Aisa Yeh Jahaan (2015). Back in 2006 during the Lakme Fashion Week Summer Resort 2016 fashion show in Mumbai in a first of its kind in India Carol walked the ramp while being pregnant. She pulled off the ramp walk with ease flaunting her baby bump. She was hailed for celebrating her pregnancy on a platform where body-image was everything back then. Pic/CarolGracias/Twitter

  • Milind Soman, Malika Arora, Karishma Tanna: Models from Mumbai who made it big

    Diana Penty began her modelling career in 2005 when she was first signed up by Elite Models India. Penty made her acting debut in 2012 with the romantic comedy film Cocktail. Her performance garnered praise and earned her a nomination for Filmfare Award for Best Female Debut for the same year. Diana Penty was born and raised in Mumbai by her Parsi father and a Christian mother. She attended St. Agnes High School in Mumbai and graduated with a bachelor's degree in Mass Media from the prestigious St. Xavier's College, Mumbai. She started her career in modeling as a part-timer and thereby went on to create a name for herself. She started her career as a part-time fashion model and in 2005 started working for Elite Models India. She walked the ramp for designers like Wendell Rodricks, Rohit Bal, and Rina Dhaka and thereby went on to be a successful model after appearing in print campaigns as well as featuring on the covers of a few Indian fashion magazines. She was even awarded the Grazia Face of the Year in 2013 and Times of India's Most Desirable Woman of 2012 to name a few. Pic/DianaPenty/Twitter

  • Milind Soman, Malika Arora, Karishma Tanna: Models from Mumbai who made it big

    An actor, a producer and a former model, John Abraham, was born and raised in Mumbai into a family of mixed religious and ethnic heritage. He studied at Bombay Scottish School in Mahim and completed his bachelor's degree in economics from Jai Hind College. He then went on to take an MBA from Mumbai Educational Trust, Mumbai. John Abraham started his modelling career by appearing in the music video of the song of Punjabi singer Jazzy B. He then went on to win Gladrags Manhunt Contest in 1999 and went to the Philippines for Manhunt International, where he came second best. Later on, he did a few modeling projects Hong Kong, London and New York City. In between his modeling career, he enrolled himself at the Kishore Namit Kapoor acting laboratory in order to improve his acting skills.
    He then went on to feature in Bollywood movies such as Jism (2003), Garam Masala (2005), Taxi No. 9211 (2006), Dostana (2008), New York (2009), Force (2011), Housefull 2 (2012), Race 2 (2013), Shootout at Wadala (2013), Welcome Back (2015) to name a few. Known for his athletic and muscular physique John became one of the most influential sex symbols in Bollywood. Pic/JohnAbraham.Twitter

  • Milind Soman, Malika Arora, Karishma Tanna: Models from Mumbai who made it big

    Born and raised in a Parsi family, Mehr Jesia studied at the J.B.Vachha School, Mumbai and spent her entire life growing up. In Dadar Parsi Colony. Mehr Jesia started her career way back in the 1980s and soon tasted success when she won the Femina Miss India in 1986. Soon after winning the coveted trophy she became a part of the first generation of Indian supermodels that featured models such as Madhu Sapre, Feroze Gujral, Shyamolie Verma and Anna Bredmeyer. Later on, she went on to marry former model and current Bollywood actor Arjun Rampal in 1998. Pic/Midday

  • Milind Soman, Malika Arora, Karishma Tanna: Models from Mumbai who made it big

    Karan Singh Grover is well known for his work in Indian television series such as Dill Mill Gayye and Qubool Hai. He tasted success with his Bollywood movies Alone and Hate Story 3. Karan Singh Grover was born to a Punjabi Sikh family. Although he did his schooling in Dammam, Saudi Arabia, he came back to Mumbai to pursue a degree in Hotel Management from IHM Mumbai. Back in 2004 Karn participated in Gladrags Manhunt Contest and won the award of the "Most Popular Model. This paved his way into the Indian Television industry and much later into Bollywood. Karan Singh Grover is the brand ambassador of designer Rocky's signature Brand RS along with his wife Bipasha Basu. During the 2018 Lakme Fashion Week he modeled clothing. Pic/KaranSinghGrover/Twitter

  • Milind Soman, Malika Arora, Karishma Tanna: Models from Mumbai who made it big

    A model, VJ, and a fashion Choreographer, Alesia Raut needs no introduction to the model and entertainment industry. Alesia was born in Russia and did her schooling at the Bombay Cambridge Gurukul (Andheri E) and graduated in commerce from Mithibai College in Juhu. Her sister Anjali Raut is a former model too. Alesia is well known for her item songs Meri Beri Ber and Ek Aankh Maro. After a failed marriage she restarted her modeling career and was soon walking the ramp for the prestigious Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week (WIFW) shows and Inter National Institute of Fashion Design (INIFD) Shows. Alesia also essayed the role of a model in Madhur Bhandarkar's Movie Fashion (2008 film) which starred Priyanka Chopra, Kangana Ranaut, Mugdha Godse and Arjan Bajwa. She also participated in Fear Factor: Khatron Ke Khiladi (season 4) hosted by Akshay Kumar. She is currently the official ramp walk trainer of Femina Miss India and Miss India Universe pageants.Pic/AlesiaRaut/Twitter

  • Milind Soman, Malika Arora, Karishma Tanna: Models from Mumbai who made it big

    Soon after finishing her graduation, Tara Sharma appeared in advertisements for Lakme, Garnier, and Pepsi, that proved to be a stepping stone for her into Bollywood movies. An actress, an entrepreneur, a creator, co-producer, and host are few of the facets of her life. Tara was born and raised in Mumbai where she studied at the Bombay International School after which she bagged a scholarship to the United World College of the Adriatic in Italy to pursue her International Baccalaureate (IB). Thereafter, she did her B.Sc in Management at the London School of Economics. She is widely known as the host of The Tara Sharma Show, a platform that discusses topical family, parenting, women's and children's issues on Star World India. Pic/TaraSharma/Twitter

  • Milind Soman, Malika Arora, Karishma Tanna: Models from Mumbai who made it big

    Shweta Salve is well known and widely popular as the runners-up of the dance reality show Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa season 1. Born and brought up in Chembur, Shweta studied at Loreto Convent School in Chembur and graduated with a B.A. Degree from the prestigious Sophia College Mumbai. A born actor, she never missed an opportunity to display her talents be it at school or college. Dramas and dance were always an integral and inseparable part of her life since childhood. During her stint as a college student, Shweta won the title of Miss Kaleidoscope. Shweta has worked in films like Pyaar Mein Kabhi Kabhi (1999), Na Ghar Ke Na Ghaat Ke (2010), Dil Toh Baccha Hai Ji (2011), Lanka (2011)and Kurukshetra (2013). Pic/ShwetaSalve/Insatgram

  • Milind Soman, Malika Arora, Karishma Tanna: Models from Mumbai who made it big

    Nina Manuel was born and raised in Mumbai and did her schooling from Kuwait, Bahrain, and Dubai. She returned to Mumbai to complete her graduation in commerce from Mithibai College. Upon her mother's insistence, she participated in the Femina Look of the Year contest in 1995.  Although she didn't win the stint at Femina Look of the Year kick-started her career into modelling. After which she went on to work as an MTV VJ, a television host, walk ramps for designers and shot music videos as well. Later she married businessman Luv Shah from NYC in a Church wedding at St. Peter's Church, Bandra in early 2010 besides a Hindu wedding. Pic/NinaManuel/Twitter

  • Milind Soman, Malika Arora, Karishma Tanna: Models from Mumbai who made it big

    Model, actress, film producer, and entrepreneur are few of the facets of the winner of 1984 Miss India beauty pageant Juhi Chawla. Two-time Filmfare award winner, Juhi Chawla is well known for her comic timing and animated on-screen persona. Juhi was born raised in a Punjabi family Ludhiana, Punjab. She completed her schooling from Fort Convent School and graduated from Sydenham College, Mumbai with a specialised degree in Human Resource. She won the Femina Miss India India title in 1984 and also won the Best Costume Award in the Miss Universe Contest as well. Juhi went on to work as a leading lady of Hindi cinema and thereby carved a name for herself in the Bollywood industry. Pic/JuhiChawla/Twitter

  • Milind Soman, Malika Arora, Karishma Tanna: Models from Mumbai who made it big

    Purab Kohli grew up in Mumbai and did his schooling from St. Stanislaus High School in Bandra, and at The Bishop's School, Pune. An actor, model, and former video jockey Purab Kohli started his career as an actor with the television show Hip Hip Hurray on Zee TV and earned recognition through video jockeying on Channel V. He then went on to feature in television ads for Colgate, Pizza Hut, Compaq Presario, Amaron Batteries and Castrol to name a few. Bus Yuhin (2003), Supari (2003), Vastu Shastra (2004), 13th Floor (2005) are few of his movies. His notable performance was in Rock On which garnered him a Special Jury Mention at the 2009 Filmfare Awards. Pic/PurabKohli/Twitter

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From Milind Soman, John Abraham to Diana Penty, Carol Gracias and many more. These supermodels of India share a unique and inseparable bond with the city of Mumbai. While many were born and brought up in the maximum city a few of them have lived in the suburbs of Mumbai and have even studied in schools and colleges which you might not be aware of. We bring to you a list of 20 supermodels of India whose heart and soul lives and breathes in the city that of Mumbai


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