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No longer still

She is scorching, she is engaging. Meet Pia Trivedi, Channel V's new veejay

Photo: S. Subramanium

SIZZLING: Pia Trivedi in New Delhi

Come June and she will leave the wall for the box. Model Pia Trivedi better known for Kingfisher's swimsuit calendar is turning a host with Channel V's new reality show TV Champions. Pia promises to showcase her "mad" side through the series. "I have been a naughty child all through. I was one whose parents were called most often in the school.

A product of Bombay Scottish School, Pia shares the most common mischief of her schooldays. "The girls of Bombay Scottish were supposed to be dressed prim and proper. But my shirt used to be out, tie always loosened and I forever tried to wear my colour as far as shoes and socks were concerned.

One day I was caught and asked to take five rounds of the ground carrying my shoes on the head. Mind you, this is the most sober punishment I received."

`Don't behave'

In Delhi to promote the show, Pia advises participants to carry her attitude while performing for one minute. The no-rule, no-jury show requires contestants to perform for one minute to catch the attention of the viewers. "For God's sake, don't behave sober on the sets," says Pia and adds, "This doesn't mean that the demure don't stand a chance but you have to do something out of the ordinary."

The 21-year-old made it to the Kingfisher calendar for two years in succession and shared the months with the likes of Yana Gupta. Says she, "It's not easy to look good in a bikini. Your figure has to be absolutely perfect, as you have nothing to hide. On ramp you have the cover of the clothes most of the time. Even the slightest flaw spoils the look. Though I am a food lover, I work out three hours daily to burn everything extra." Pia who misses six feet by just three inches, says for one month before the shoot she survived just on protein shakes. "Carbohydrates were completely prohibited." Pia maintains in the West the calendar concept has a lot of prestige attached to it but in India the idea is still new. "In India, we only have one major calendar. Though for models it is very important but people generally don't understand the significance."

Pia is not ready to put on weight, which is considered necessary when one turns to motion pictures. "Yes, it is an accepted norm but I think I look fit, healthy and stunning the way I am. I already weigh 55 kilograms, I don't need to put on more."


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