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Beautiful & introspective – Sharvani Pandey

Some people are naturally talented while others work hard for it. In the case of Sharvani Pandey, it’s a bit of both. A born performer who does not shy away from learning, Pandey has modelled for prestigious fashion shows in India, including Lakme Fashion Week 2018.  She has appeared in several print shoots and TVCs in India, the most recent one being the promo on Star World for MasterChef.  She is currently represented by one the top international talent agencies TFM 360.
Pandey completed her schooling from Mayo Girls College, Rajasthan. She received Colours of Excellence in English, Dramatics and Dance while in school. She has also received a Diploma in Classical Dance at the age of 16. Sharvani holds a double major in English Literature and Political Science from Sophia College, Mumbai. She started her career as a professional dancer involved with an all girl’s jazz crew in Mumbai, and is now taking steps into the film industry.
In WOW Exclusive during her visit to Nepal, she tells us more about herself and life in the glamour industry. Excerpts:

How would you introduce yourself?

I am extremely passionate about everything I do and have always been inclined to performing arts, whether that’s dancing, modelling, acting or even singing! Having been fortunate enough to experience the fields of dance and modelling, I have now set out to venture into the arena of acting.

What do you consider to be some of your biggest achievements?

When I get appreciation for work that I have put my heart and soul into, I consider that to be my biggest achievement. Receiving a Diploma in Classical Dance at the age of 16, being appointed as the Dramatics President in school, being awarded Colours of Excellence in Drama and Dance, signing with one of the top international talent agencies and most importantly representing Nepal everywhere I go.

What triggered your interest in modelling?

I have always been fascinated by how powerful and liberated one feels while modelling. I know for sure that I belong amidst the lights and in front of the camera.

What are your immediate  goals?

I believe that as a model, I can be a projection of our society and culture and therefore have a useful self-awareness role. Any issue, after being ‘glamorised’ gets the attention of the masses and ultimately helps in the betterment of society.

Models need to be clear communicators. How do you rate yourself on a scale of 1-10?

I would give myself a nine as I believe I can effectively express myself through my facial expressions, eye contact and body language. And of course, there’s always room for improvement.

How was your experience modelling for Lakmé Fashion Week, 2018?

It was exciting and challenging as I was wearing 26 designers in five days! I feel blessed to have worn the biggest names in the fashion industry.

Is there any reason you haven’t done projects in Nepal?

Art, talent and knowledge have no boundaries, so I don’t want to limit myself to any particular territory. Wherever I go I will be representing Nepal and of course I have always wanted to work here as well. Just waiting for the right projects to come my way!

If you could change one thing about the fashion industry, what would it be?

The harsh criticism and scrutiny. What is trash to someone may be art for someone else.

What is your definition of beauty?

I truly believe that “beauty lies in the eyes of the beholder.” Instead of trying to look a certain way, try to have pleasant thoughts and everything around you will seem beautiful. Therefore, beauty is synonymous to happiness.

Do you think the current beauty standards for women is healthy?

In the past few years, there has been a dramatic change in the modelling industry. Gone are the days where you would see only stick thin models promoting beauty products. It is more inclusive and there are models of all sizes and colours to emulate.

What inspires you?

My awareness of mortality. The fact that I am alive today is reason enough for me to be joyful. I constantly want to grow spiritually and live life in its entirety.

What is your perception of Nepali modelling and movie industry?

I think there has been significant growth in the Nepali modelling and movie industries over the years. It is a matter of pride to see some of our fashion designers as well as Nepali models being recognised in the international arena. It is very encouraging to see young and senior people throng cinema halls to watch Nepali movies, obviously because Nepali filmmakers are coming out with quality and competitive work these days. I think the film industry here has a bright future.

GETTING TO KNOW SHARVANI

Go-to outfits

Summer: Fun casual dresses or ripped jeans and a tank top
Winter: Trench coats and boots

Workout regime

I do yoga in the morning and go for a run in the evenings. And I also incorporate ballet exercises, Pilates and high intensity training to keep it challenging.

Favourite food

Dal bhaat and I love Japanese cuisine (anything with rice!)

Daily beauty regime

Apart from CTM (cleanse, tone, moisturise), I have a simple rule: if you can’t put it in your mouth, don’t put it on your face! I put a kitchen on my face: whether its oats, honey, turmeric, potato, strawberries, even rice!

Three things you can’t live without

Dancing, meditation, family

Childhood crush

Channing Tatum

What turns you on in a man?

Confidence. Someone who is honest and true to himself and can present himself well by being comfortable with who he is.

How do you deal with heartbreak?

I allow myself moments of sadness, but I never feel sorry for myself. Self-pity is the cause of several problems. Moreover, there’s nothing a tub of ice cream can’t fix.

Text and concept: Mannat Shrestha
Photograph: Amulya Shrestha
MUA: Shradha Maskey
Assisted by: Sackhi Maskey
Wardrobe: Mishu’s Collection

Location: Babermahal Villas
Babermahal Villas reflects hospitality at its best  in a historically and culturally significant ambience in the center Kathmandu Valley. It illustrates the grand lifestyle of the Rana era mixed with the original architectural heritage of Newar, Mustang and Terai cultures. Though modest in size the property is attached to Babermahal Revisited Complex, acting as an extension to the Vilas, Revisited offers a host of shops offering quality traditional products and some of the finest dining options in the city.
Website: www.babermahalvilas.com