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Weighing in on Diversity

38 girls shortlisted from an overwhelming turnout at the FDCI female model auditions in Kolkata, Mumbai and New Delhi for LMIFW SS’20, with inclusivity becoming the mantra.

New Delhi, September 19, 2019: The Fashion Design Council of India (FDCI) recently conducted a three-city female model audition in Kolkata, Mumbai and New Delhi in search of fresh faces for Lotus Make-up India Fashion Week Spring-Summer 2020. The 34th edition of India’s biggest fashion event will be held from October 9 to 13 at the National Stadium in the capital.

This model hunt saw an overwhelming response with over 400 contenders participating not just from the metros, but also from Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Meghalaya, Manipur and Punjab. International faces also made an appearance from Brazil as well as Colombia. Size, height and weight took the back burner as these girls brimming with confidence came forward to fulfill their dream of walking the IFW ramp.

The jury, which was made up of luminaries from the fashion world, shortlisted a total of 38 girls from the three cities. In each city, Lotus Make-up crowned two girls Ms Natural Beauty and Ms Iconic Eyes and presented them with hampers. The Kolkata jury was made up of designers Kiran Uttam Ghosh, Komal Sood, Dev R Nil and supermodel Indrani Dasgupta. The panel in Mumbai had actor-and-model Dayana Erappa, actor Soundarya Sharma, Atosa’s Aparna Badlani, celebrity stylist Mohit Rai, and choreographer Lubna Adams. The Delhi jury had designers Anjana Bhargav, Payal Jain, Suneet Varma and choreographer Asha Kochhar.

“We are trying to open channels of communication by making fashion an effective vehicle for spreading inclusivity. It doesn’t matter where you come from, if you have a goal, we will help you actualise it. We are delighted to announce a crackling model line up at LMIFW SS’20 which is not defined by the industry’s restrictive rules,” said FDCI Chairman Sunil Sethi.