Team WordBite [TWB]:
What motivated you to be a model?
Mona Varonica Campbell [MVC]:
I was inclined towards fashion industry and right from my childhood i always wanted to walk on the runway.when i moved to canada for a short stint,a few local brands approached me and asked me If i could model for them.that kind off boosted my confidence.later when i moved to India ,I got opportunity to walk for a few regional designers – Wajahat Mirza ,a london based designer (season 1 and season 2) as well Faces of africa as a show stopper,these wonderful opportunities given me to be the i could me confidence at any size shape colour and gender,i achieved it.
TWB: How was your journey from giving the auditions for Wendell Rodrick’s Collection to being a show opener?
MVC: I Heard about the auditions happening for plus -size models and was pleased to know that ,it was providing opportunities for Trans- women ,with an encouragement from my family,i went ahead for the auditions for the Lakme platform and got selected as one of the top Finalists in professional runway model category ,And my dream took wing as i came to realization that i was walking to my favorite designer ,Opening and closing his show = Show stopper – wow -wendell rodricks creation ,I am very grateful to lakme for this opportunity . Though wendell was one of the best persons i worked with.he took good care of me at the backstage ,he ensured an exclusive team for hair and makeup.. he was their while we are rehearsing for the show .its a dream to walk such a huge team and he ensured my comfort and attention. I feel proud and confident being the indian first transgender Professional plus size model.
TWB: What inspired you to put up your own makeup label- VAGABOMB? –
MVC: I love makeup Right from my childhood,once I done with Post graduation from LONDON SCHOOLS OF FASHION, I got an opportunity to work with MAC cosmetics canada Ontario ,i worked with them as makeup artist as well trainer,i decided to come back to india(HYDERABAD) started my own Signature label , Called VARONICA MAKEUP ARTISTRY (CELEBRITY SECRETS), my life has changed after Begin with my own Makeup business line,professional makeup artist and created a niche for myself in the Glamour World.
TWB: What difficulties you faced during your journey in Fashion World?
MVC: Fashion industry is not a very easy industry,to survive in.Its a high in competition,as well ,i read about the auditions and i went for it and i am happy that i cracked the auditions with my unique looks and my walk , though i don’t have a godfather.
TWB: Did you face any opposition from your family for modeling?
MVC: Nope my family and friends or my Backbone ,they know my plans and Dreams ,they supported every decision i make myself for my future.
TWB: Did people around you supported in each and every decision you made?
MVC: Of Course yes they did.
TWB: What are your future plans?
MVC: One of checklist to be india’s Super model in the Plus size category and bagging the tittle. i want to come up with my own Signature clothing line for plus size women.
TWB: What message would you like to give our readers who might be afraid to show up their true identity due to the fear of acceptance?
MVC: Just be who you are ,believe in yourself ,follow your dreams,be confident ,be bold.
TWB: If a young boy/girl wanted to be a model what would you advice to them.
MVC: You guys have to be super fit because you have to look good all the way around,you have to be firm and tight,you might have been the most beautiful girl /boy in your Hometown and now your beautiful fishes in a big pond of beautiful girls and handsome boys and in order to get the greatest jobs,you guys have to look amazing .you have to exercise and eat right even you plus size model, so your nails are beautiful for girls ,your skin ,your hair,other wise you will get mediocre jobs.
Everyone in the past, loved Salman Khan in the movie ‘Judwaa’. If you are one of them and still listen to the ‘oonchi hai building’ song then hold your heart.
Judwaa 2 trailer is finally here, and needless to say, Varun Dhawan is playing geeky Raja and quirky Prem. While Judwaa tickled the funny bones of movie buffs and found a place in Bollywood’s most iconic and clean comedies, Judwaa 2 has surely gone one notch higher in terms of look and grandeur.
And adding to that is the two leading ladies Jacqueline Fernandez and Taapsee Pannu who are totally killing with their glamorous looks.
The movie will also have the 90’s block-buster songs, Oonchi hai Building and Tan Tana Tan rehashed by Anu Malik himself. There’s a buzz doing the rounds that in the scene, Salman twins meet with the Varun twins, who are also on their honeymoon. One can only imagine the confusion that will then unfold. Imagining the scene itself is making us laugh. The movie is set to release on September 29.
Watch Judwaa 2 trailer here:
NEW DELHI: In a major fillip to urban transport, the Union government is all set to double the metro rail network over the next 18 months, adding four new cities to the metro map. The biggest gainers would be cities in BJP-ruled states, viz. Lucknow, Ahmedabad and Nagpur. Lucknow Metro would be the first off the block as it has received safety clearance and would be inaugurated within this month.
Election-bound Gujarat would get its first 6.3 km stretch in the capital city Ahmedabad next month. These two stretches would be followed by 28.4 km stretch in Delhi and 28 km in Hyderabad in September.
By March 2019, just two months ahead of parliamentary elections, 19 new sections in nine cities would be commissioned, adding 313 kms to the 370-km metro network. This translates to 313 kms made operational in 19 months as compared to 370 kms made operational over 33 years in eight cities since the first metro service began in Kolkata in 1984.
This is expected to be a major election pitch in urban centres. A senior ministry of housing and urban affairs official told ET, “Our cities are grappling with traffic jams and people are spending a lot of time on the roads. At such a time an expansion of comfortable metro network comes as a fillip to public transport. This has been aided by an increase in budgetary provision for metro rail projects.”
As per statistics provided by ministry of housing and urban affairs (MHUA), there has been a 158%hike in budgetary provision for metro projects during the last three years over the previous three years under Congress-led UPA government.
The budgetary provision between 2012 and 2015 for metro projects was Rs 16,565 cr, which has been increased to Rs 42,696 crore during 2015-18. At present, metro services are available in Delhi (217 kms), Bengaluru (42.3 kms), Kolkata (27.39 kms), Chennai (27.36 kms), Jaipur (9 kms), Kochi (13.3 kms), Mumbai Metro Line 1 (11.4 kms), Mumbai Mono Rail Phase 1 (9 kms) and Gurugram Rapid Metro (11.60 kms).
MUMBAI (Reuters) – Shares of Infosys Ltd fell as much as 4.6 percent on Monday to a near three-year low, slumping for a second consecutive session, after brokerages including Nomura downgraded the stock following the resignation of its chief executive.
Shares slumped 9.6 percent on Friday after CEO Vishal Sikka unexpectedly resigned after a long-running feud with the company’s founders, wiping out $3.45 billion off Infosys’ market value.
Nomura downgraded the stock to “reduce”, saying the uncertainty over Infosys’ management could hamper long-term growth, while expressing worries that the tussle between the founder and promoters could escalate.
The concerns about Infosys’ future trumped the company’s approval on Saturday of a 130 billion rupees ($2.03 billion) share buyback.
As of 0421 GMT, Infosys shares were down 2.5 percent, hitting their lowest since September 2014.
($1 = 64.0525 Indian rupees)
NEW DELHI – India began investigating on Sunday a train crash in which 23 people were killed, the fourth major accident over the past year on the world’s fourth biggest rail network which is grappling with chronic under-investment and over-crowding.
The cause of the derailment about 130 km (80 miles) north of the capital New Delhi, in the state of Uttar Pradesh, was not known, said Northern Railways spokesman Neeraj Sharma.
Thirteen coaches of the train came off the tracks as it was heading to the Hindu holy city of Haridwar, police said.
The toll rose to 23 dead with at least 123 people injured.
Sharma said rescue operations had ended and a safety commissioner would launch an investigation later on Sunday.
The cause of the accident was not known and the driver of the train would be one of the first people to be questioned, Sharma said. He said the death toll could rise.
A member of the railway board told reporters there was information that suggested the derailment happened because of some repair work on the track.
“If it is found that work was going on without adequate precaution and if there was any failure on the part of railway staff then appropriate action will be taken,” said the board member, Muhammad Jamshed.
Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu said the board had been directed to “fix responsibility” by end of the day.
“Will not allow laxity in operations,” Prabhu said in a post on Twitter.
Train crashes are all too common in India after decades of poor investment and rising demand, which usually mean packed trains are running on creaking infrastructure.
Saturday’s accident is at least the fourth major accident this year and the third in Uttar Pradesh in 2017.
A crash in November in Uttar Pradesh killed 150 people.
The network is in the middle of a $130 billion, five-year modernisation.
In addition, the government launched a $15 billion safety overhaul in February after the surge in accidents blamed on defective tracks.
But in June, Reuters reported that the overhaul was facing delays as the state steel company could not meet demand for new rails.