Dimple Sharma is a proud product of a new generation of modern Indian women. She is a professional model both in agencies and freelance.
Dimple has beautiful sharp features with absolutely hypnotizing eyes and of course her trademark dimples. She's extremely modest and humble. At first many perceive Dimple as a very shy and reserved person because she tends to listen more than speak when she first meets anyone but once she opens up, people are pleasantly surprised when they discover her sense of humour and quick wit. Dimple is a very simple person. She enjoys spending time with her family and close friends, reading,watching movies and eating as she is a complete foodie.
Born and raised in Montreal, Canada; Dimple comes from an extremely close-knit family of four girls.
Dimple graduated from prestigious McGill University which is the top ranked university in Canada and one of the top leading universities in the world.
Dimple speaks English, French, Hindi, Urdu and Punjabi.
Dimple is also a very talented and graceful dancer. She has been danc- ing since she was a child and has performed at many shows and events with her friends while growing up.
Dimple has an extremely photogenic face so it's no surprise she holds two Miss Photogenic titles.
Dimple has been interested in modeling from a young age and always wanted to go Mumbai to model.
Dimple is a successful full-time model in Mumbai and has worked with some of the industry's top actors such as: Aamir Khan, Salman Khan, Ranbir Kapoor, Akshay Kumar, Aishwariya Rai, John Abraham, Saif Ali Khan, Lara Dutta etc.
She has shot television commercials with celebrated Bollywood directors such as Abhinav Kashyap, Anurag Basu, Rensil D'Silva, Nikhil Advani and acclaimed Hollywood director Jeffery Darling.
- Currently Dimple is the new face for Dove shampoo not only in India but all across Asia. She has also modeled for brands such as: Avon Cosmetics, L'Oreal, Coca Cola, Levis, Samsung, Forevermark (De Beers Diamonds), Nissan, Dockers, Canon camera, Fair & Lovely, Micromax, LG, Provogue, Reliance Trends, Pantaloons, Lenovo, Facia facial cleanser, Rotomac among other brands.
- Dimple has also worked in Hollywood. Internationally, her big break was a con- tract with Avon Cosmetics. Dimple is the face of India for their worldwide Campaign. She was flown to Buenos Aires, Argentina where she shot a television commercial and photo shoot with acclaimed Hollywood director Jeffrey Darling. The television commercial will be releasing soon across the world.
- Dimple has been signed on by GQ Magazine as a "Gadget Girl". She has appeared on numerous magazine cov- ers and was most recently featured on the cover of "Femina".
- Dimple also recently starred in Panjabi MC's "Moorni" music video which was an instant hit around the world.
How do you rate fashion industry of North America viz global fashion scenario including India?
They're at odds to each other. North America's is elegant and tasteful. India's is glamorous and exciting. The jewelry is a great example, consider how bold and ornamental Indian jewelry is versus Western jewelry.
What is interesting is the harmonious co-existence of both extremes within India. Indians continue to embrace and comfortably, wear designs from both sides of the world. Consider your typical young professional in Mumbai. She could wear an extravagant saree and jewels for a wedding on a Sunday, a smart business suit for her CEO meeting on Monday and a tasteful dress for din- ner with her husband on a Tuesday night. That variety is simply less prevalent elsewhere in the World.
What is even more interesting is the edge that Indian designers enjoy. They could combine the Indian designs they grew up around with the Western designs they have come to know. As someone who proudly traces her roots to both sides of the world, I love to wear designs from each. It's nice to be surrounded by fellow Indians who gen- uinely appreciate the full range of designs.
The creativity of PIO/NRI artists must reach global platform: Internet do offer a platform but physical appearance is vital to show case creative work, hence you need to be present in India. How do you face this challenge?
Despite being present in India, I really don't believe physical presence in India is a pre-requisite to success in this country. Firstly, our people are not so nationalist so as to shun any artist not working out of India. Secondly, there is a slew of distribution channel through which the work of NRIs is brilliantly showcased here: Internet, print media, television, cinemas, etc. It doesn't take long to come up with a long list of examples: Actors like Dev Patel and Aziz Ansari, directors like M Night Shyamalan, writers like Rohinton Mistry, thinkers like Amartya Sen. I could go on. The list knows no bounds, nor does the creativity of our people in this global arena.
Revenue generation in the West is a challenge during recession, how the fashion community have sustain this challenge?
All over the world, especially in the West, the fashion community has come up with innovative ways to cope with the recession. For example, some designers are focusing a lot more on eco-friendly products, or products derived from eco- friendly ways. At the same time, campaigns that are targeting a market which is easily accessible are implemented.
There are great designers at every level of the market. And when times are tough, it creates opportunities for quality, lesser known designers. Along with new innovative designs and more economical campaigns, one is likely to see new talent emerge with hyper-focus on quality and cost-effectiveness further expanding the dimensions of the fashion community.
Leaving family and living in India must be a tough decision for any Individual, how do you connect with them on daily basis emotionally?
My family was very supportive of my career choice. Moving away, by contrast, has been trying for them because we are so close. Luckily, we live in a time where technology is so advanced that one has many options to stay in touch with loved ones.
I speak with my family on a daily basis via video chats, text, email etc...Nothing rivals being there so I do fly back and forth from time to time.
Your favorite Indian & West Model?
Aishwariya Rai. Growing up, I remember freezing when flipping to a picture of her in a magazine. She was, and continues to be, absolutely stunning. I had the privilege of meeting and working with her and she is even more breath taking in person. She remains humble and sweet despite her tremendous success.
Across the world, it would have to be Tyra Banks. As a teenager, I bought her book "Tyra's Beauty, Inside and Out" which was basically a Resource book with tips on healthy eating, skin care, exercise etc... The book had this one picture of her sans make- up. It's rare for a celebrity to openly publish a photograph like that given the often vicious public and media scrutiny models endure. But to Tyra that was no concern: She went ahead and published it. How inspiring. She shows her following, many of whom are young impressionable girls, that models come with their own set of imperfections and that one must learn to embrace oneself as one is. What matters more is the content of one's character. While it may be possible to go a life time concealing one's imperfections, one can never conceal flaws in one's character.
Inputs from Nithya Ramesh - Fashion desk & Canada Bureau Herman Silochan