Kanwarpreet Singh, Jalandhar
Being a complete Punjabi from Chandigarh, Karan Singh Chhabra – a model who always got annoyed watching Sikhs doing comic roles only is trying his best in order to become an inspiration for young Punjabis.
He is one of the top Sikh models who have walked ramp for various renowned designers and also have done numerous print shoots. ‘I am a media’s darling’ believes Karan as everyone’s eye keep on waiting to see him walking the ramp and rocking the show.
His commercial success in fashion modeling has made many youngsters don the turban look and carry forward their culture and roots.
Excerpts from Yes Punjab’s exclusive chit-chat with Karan Singh.
Tell us something about yourself?
An Electronics and Communication engineer by qualification and model by choice. I am basically from Chandigarh and did schooling from YPS, Mohali and Engineering (ECE) from Rayat-Bahra engineering College, Punjab.
Being an engineer, why did you opt for modeling?
Education is a must and I wanted a professional degree which would secure my future. Modeling is a passion and when your passion becomes your profession there’s nothing that can stop you.
What do you think about the changing scenario of introducing Sikh actors and models in Bollywood and fashion industry?
The trend is changing and is getting commercial acceptance. Take an example, a Punjabi song is always a big hit in a commercial Bollywood movie which caters to national audience. So is Punjabi ‘tadka’ in serials and TVC’s.
Any cherishable memories from your modeling career so far?
There have been a lot. Getting praised after a show is always encouraging. Fashion weeks come with a hectic day and a happening post party in the night. Print shoots and TVC’s can be a little boring.
Your style quotient?
My personal favorite dressing style would be something very casual like a tee and denims and for a semi formal occasion I will choose a coat paired with jeans. Turban of course is the most important part of my dressing.
What preparations you did before stepping into field of fashion industry/modeling?
No preparations. I just liked getting my pictures clicked and when you start getting paid for it, it’s quite amazing! On a serious note, I just started with a contest, won it and went gradually from there.
How do you feel when your fellow youngsters look up to you and want to have a turban look?
It just can’t be explained in words. This is something I have always been promoting. I am sure they can look more good and elegant than ever. With this also comes more sense of responsibility and encouragement.
Some of events and achievements of Karan as a Model :
Walked the ramp for Kingfisher fashion show in Chandigarh.
Walked the ramp for Bollywood designer Amit Kashyap for his brand "Deiva" in hotel Taj, Chandigarh.
Print Brand ambassador of "Silver Mod" - a Ludhiana based designer brand for men.
Print shoots for Hoardings, advertisements, catalogues for various designer stores in Delhi and Ludhiana.
Winner of Mr. Personality title in Mr. and Miss Hindustan Super Model Hunt Contest held in Delhi.
Winner of Mr. Best Eyes and Mr. Best Features titles in Mr. and Miss Chandigarh contest held in Chandigarh club.
Won the Berst Model award presented by Bollywood actress Neetu Chandra in the 4-day long Punjab International Fashion Week amongst 50 selected pool professional models for best performance in spite of being average heighted.
Walked for national designers like Himmat Singh, Aruna Singh.
And finally, any message for younger ones?
Realize what you are best in, use it as your USP and the rest will be history.