Falguni Nayar: What it’s like to be a supermodel in India

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Nayar still serves as the brand ambassador for her hairdressing company In 1992 Falguni Nayar began to integrate her love of catering and beauty into her business. Today,…

Falguni Nayar: What it's like to be a supermodel in India

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Nayar still serves as the brand ambassador for her hairdressing company

In 1992 Falguni Nayar began to integrate her love of catering and beauty into her business. Today, her company, Beautyworld, does business in 120 countries and has two brand icons: Diana Noble and Rukshar Shetty. Nayar is in Delhi ahead of her induction into India’s richest people’s list, which she will make this week.

Image copyright Rukshar Shetty Image caption Rukshar has been the face of Beautyworld since 2012

Image copyright Diana Noble Image caption Both Shetty and Noble have models on their backs – now, though, in India

Image copyright Diana Noble Image caption Naomi Campbell and Naomi Watts have both walked the runway in India

Image copyright Rukshar Shetty Image caption Rukshar was named as the face of the brand in 2012

I feel very honoured, very lucky, very happy and very grateful.

At a time when there is a lot of criticism against beauty products, who would have thought at the beginning that a young woman from a low income background would actually build a beauty empire.

I always wanted to open my own hairdressing salon and own my own business. My parents supported me and made a lot of sacrifices so that I could also realise my dream of owning a hairdressing salon.

On a parallel note, I also have a lot of talent and skills in modelling and business so I worked towards my success. My inspiration was beauty icon Marilyn Monroe and all the models that I have used today.

In terms of a beauty business, my idea was that ‘how can we make a business out of beauty’ as it was always my passion, working for you in your changing needs.

Image copyright Rukshar Shetty Image caption Shetty is in Delhi before being inducted into India’s richest people’s list

In fact, I feel like the husband of the world’s supermodels. Whenever I would meet with my clients, for my clientele, I believe we really touch them and touch their life.

Even though I don’t have a model’s body, I think people relate more with Diana and Rukshar because of their soft beauty – they portray themselves in a way that even an average person can relate to, like the innocence and innocence of a child.

They really bring them to life on the runway and inspire them.

Image copyright Rukshar Shetty Image caption Rukshar has her organisation’s own runway

Image copyright Diana Noble Image caption Nayar still serves as the brand ambassador for her hairdressing company

Image copyright Diana Noble Image caption Nayar’s men have also tried their hand at modelling

Image copyright Diana Noble Image caption The King family has backed Nayar’s businesses

Image copyright Rukshar Shetty Image caption Nayar has no worries about her daughters inheriting her wealth

Image copyright Rukshar Shetty Image caption The King family has backed Nayar’s businesses

But at the end of the day, it’s the focus and the passion that is kept in place on having a great time with the clients.

At my company you get to work on something close to your heart as well as something that you love doing. I just enjoy what I do so that I can look my best.

Falguni Nayar was inducted into the Fortune Magazine’s Billionaires List on 8 May. The world’s second richest woman on the list is New York-based LVMH Chairman, Bernard Arnault.

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