When she returned to Mumbai after completing her schooling in the Middle East, Nina Manuel thought she'd be a lawyer. She enrolled herself in a law school but following her mother's advice, participated in Femina Look of the Year. This was in 1995 and the fashion runway had some formidable names, including some listed here.
Even so, Nina Manuel held her own. After being spotted by Mehr Jessia, Manuel became a regular face on the Indian ramp and walked for several designers including the great Ritu Beri.
She would go on to become a successful television show host before settling into a life of matrimony.
Lately though, we've been seeing a lot more of Nina Manuel in the society circuit, making us tad more hopeful of seeing her on the runway too.
Image: Nina Manuel
Photographs: Hitesh Harisinghani