I live in Philly, where I went to school for public health. Since graduating, I’ve been splitting my time between doing research and working at the Institute of Contemporary Art. Next week, I start a new role at Penn Med helping cancer patients figure out insurance to pay for treatments. Health care is my passion—how do we make it more accessible as a country that doesn’t have an affordable system? I plan to go to grad school next year to continue my education.
Then, there’s my modeling, which brings me to New York all the time. I don’t like the concept of being a “real person” model, but I think that’s how I’m positioned. I get it though—I’m Indian, not that tall, not stick thin, and I have other stuff going on. A couple of years ago my friend who runs a street casting agency called Lorde Inc., which focuses on diversity, took pictures of me and put me on her site. It started that way—but, really, it’s been my social media presence more than anything else; I book a lot of jobs through Instagram DMs.
I’ve always been interested in a mix of fashion, social issues, and art—I strive to weave them all together in all that I do. In fashion now, there’s an emphasis on having a personality and being authentic. I think how you present yourself is really important on an aesthetic and social level. My goal is to find a way to make health issues more accessible and interesting to talk about. Everything can be tied to our health and well-being. I think we can use film and photography as a way of addressing these issues, and I think even the fashion world is a place to push these issues.
When I’m here in New York I’m busy juggling work and social life, so I pack items that can be styled for different situations. I also pack as light as possible, so it’s always about how many ways can I wear a certain pair of pants or a jacket.
This look is all about getting work done and being casual on a morning before a day of castings and appointments. It’s so comfortable, while being cute and polished enough to squeeze in a last minute coffee with a friend. I like outfits like where you’re ready for anything and can pivot easily. Sneakers mean I can hit the streets and don’t have to think twice.
I love this outfit because it has that in between vibe that I’m drawn to when getting dressed. This look could be worn to a casting, a grad school visit, or a meeting with a professor. At my age, I’ve just started networking more with people who do what I am interested in so outfits that are versatile while showing my personality are key. I love these Gianvito Rossi platforms—the sharp color works well for day, but the height adds a little drama. For evening, I’d slip off the jacket and just wear the camisole for a sexier look.
This look is perfect for a night out with my friends—maybe starting with an event or launch and then seeing a DJ that I really care about. I love that these Barneys booties are comfy enough to dance in—that’s a must! Plus, I love the way the metallic is subtle and shines against the silk and satin of the dress and robe. I really like to be glamorous when I get the opportunity because I don’t get many chances to do that with my day job.