A Strut of Success: Sabita Karki
Sabita Karki proved her worth as a model in India’s Next Top Model. She is now ready to take on the modelling world.
She walks with a subtle confidence, even as her flawless skin and shining mane make her stand out. Breaking into the Indian modelling scene with a reality show, Sabita Karki wears many hats. She is an accountancy student, a model, Pinkathon ambassador. Riding the success of her stint at India’s Next Top Model, Sabita has a focussed approach to life and career. For someone who loved reading books – when not kicking a football on the field – Sabita’s story of transformation has been phenomenal. Excerpts from a free-wheeling interview with this girl with big dreams from beautiful country Nepal.
What’s keeping you busy these days?
A lot of things actually! I have my Chartered Accountancy classes in the morning as I am finishing up college this year in Kathmandu. I squeeze in time for photo shoots, fashion shows and interviews in between. I am also the Nepalese brand ambassador for Pinkathon Project. Sometime I wish there were 48 hours in a day (laughs)!
You were first runner up in the reality show India’s Next Top Model Season 3. How are things after the show? We are sure you have interesting projects in your hands.
Life is different. I am amazed at the fact that how often people recognise me now on the streets. And thanks to the show, I am also being offered modelling assignments. A lot of people told me that I am an inspiration for aspiring models from Nepal. I am on cloud nine with all the love coming my way from my country. It means a lot to me.
You have impressed the judges at India’s Next Top Model. What is your take away from the show?
I had an amazing experience and I think it has been one of the best decisions of my life. The judges would criticise me for poor performance but also encourage me when I did well. It was a tough competition between the girls. I am better groomed today, thanks to the judges, who trained us. I am much more confident person now.
Were you always inclined towards modelling?
Not before I was 19. I never thought I would become a model. In fact, I loved reading and going to school. Studies and sports sum up my childhood! I was good at studies and also was an avid footballer. Modelling was purely a coincidence. Someone noticed me at an education fair where I was representing my college and offered a photo shoot. I was reluctant at first but decided to go with the flow. While the opportunity knocked at my door without much effort, but I made it a point to learn on the job. I started following international models and icons from the fashion world, study their walk, style and stance. I have been hugely inspired by Alessandra Ambrosia, Brazilian actress and Victoria’s Secret model.
How did your family react to your decision?
Although, there is no one in my family from the showbiz, but they were cool with it, and have been very supportive.
India and Nepal share a very special, warm bond. How has the experience been for you?
Yes, we do have a lot of things in common... culture, religion, festivals! People in India are very kind, just like Nepal. I had comfortable stay in Mumbai. I am not yet settled in India, but would eventually do so.
India has some very talented Nepalese models. How is the modelling scenario in Nepal today?
It’s getting better by the day. People are becoming aware of modelling as a career choice, and youngsters are better prepared. I am happy for our Nepalese models, who are doing well in India.
Anjali Lama, the first transgender model from Nepal, has made a mark for herself in India. She was also the cover girl for L’Officiel India magazine. How do you see her success?
I look up to her and love her work. We have been friends for last few years. She is an inspiration to many.
What has been the highlight of your career so far?
It has to be India’s Next Top Model. It was a life changing decision.
Which fashion designer would you love to walk for?
Balmain and Gucci’s Alessandro Michele!
Does Bollywood interest you?
Yes, it does. But, just as a film buff.
We know, it’s a clichéd question, but where do you see yourself in five years from now?
As a successful model who is running her own runway academy!
If not a model, I would have been... a Chartered Accountant
Models I look up to... Aastha Pokhrel, Anjali Lama and Alessandra Ambrosia
My fitness regime is... setting short health goals and having a balanced diet
Sexy for me is... confidence
Love for me is... the most powerful emotion a human can experience
My 3 am friend is... Srijana Regmi
Last book I read... 11 Minutes by Paulo Coelho
On my playlist now... Gucci Gang by Lil Pump, Meant To Be by Bebe Rexha, Finesse by Bruno Mars, Basanta by JPT Rokerz