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What it takes to be a Lakme Model?
Every year, Lakme auditions hundreds of aspiring models from across the country and presents them the opportunity to participate in their biggest fashion event -- Lakme Fashion Week Winter Festive 2014 to be held in August.

We give you a sneak peak into the recently concluded model auditions that took place in Mumbai.

If you think being skinny and having a pretty face is all you need to become a top model, you probably need some counselling.

At the recently held auditions, out of the 120 aspiring models who registered -- most of who were well above 5 ft 7 inches, had clear skin and a lean figure -- only a handful were chosen to walk for what is known as the country’s biggest and most-talked-about fashion event.

So, what is it that distinguishes a good model from an average one?

What is so alluring about the profession that draws all these young women to come back even after facing failure at previous auditions? We find out!

"Modelling is a highly challenging profession. Behind all the glitz and glamour, there is a lot of hard work and perseverance involved. Young models who do not make in the first or two attempts lose heart and go back to doing something else."

"That's where passionate models differ from the average ones," says 22-year-old Goa-born fashion stylist Neev Marcel who's worked with brands like Diesel, Femina, Jashn and walked for designers like Anita Dongre and Manish Malhotra in the last three years of her career.

Although she admits that it's a short-lived career, Marcel believes that for those who are passionate and willing to sweat it out, the sky is the limit.

Image: Young models aged between 18 and 25 prepare themselves for the auditions in Mumbai.
Photographs: Hitesh Harisinghani

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