Her head is in her books. She loves animals. She debuted in the Bollywood movie Kapoor & Sons.
Meet femme fatale Elena Fernandes, the model, born to a South American mother and an Indian father, who featured as a Kingfisher Calendar girl and bagged Asia’s Supermodel of the Year award.
An animal lover and a boring person is how Elena Fernandes would like to describe herself. With modelling never on her mind, it came up as a surprise for her when she was scouted, at a party. She climbed the ladder of success one step at a time and unfolded and realised that life is crazy and there is always a lot more that you could look forward to. She finds inspiration in every little thing that people do in order to change the world, which she herself strives to do one day. Currently, she is gearing up for a Bollywood project which is all set to release in the year 2019. Let us unfold what Elena brings in her treasure trove for us.
2. How did modelling happen to you?
I never knew anything about fashion and was a super geek. So, at first when I was scouted at a party, I was apprehensive. I was and still am a super geek; my head was always in a book and in strong academics. So, modelling was at the other end of the spectrum. It has been an incredible journey and it has given me the opportunity to travel the world and to make friends across the globe, experience different cultures, and discover the world.
3. What projects are you currently working on?
I am actually doing a Bollywood film as we speak. I cannot announce it until the press release but I can tell you the film releases in 2019 and the lead is someone I have worked with before.
In terms of Hollywood, I will be heading to the US towards the end of the year. I am really excited as to what comes next. Now, most importantly, I am very excited for FHM cover.
4. What is the project you had the steepest learning curve in?
It has to be my debut film Kapoor and Sons. It really opened my eyes to film production, being on set, and working with someone like Fawad Khan. I really learnt a lot. The director Shakun Batra gave so much guidance and tips which I have been able to encompass in my film career.
5. What do you think is any difference between Indian fashion industry and that in abroad?
I love that Indian fashion incorporates aspects of Indian heritage into its pieces. There is still a modest element whereas with the western fashion industry is lot more open and professional. The importance of fashion is that it allows the wearer to be confident in what they are wearing as well as explore new trends and concepts.