The fashion icon
Aryan Vaid has been a fashion icon with his smouldering looks and the ease with which he conquers the ramp. Meet the man behind the handsome visage.
RAMP RULER: Aryan Vaid's has been a prominent face.
"HYDERABAD IS a holy place for me in the sense that I began here with the Grasim Mr. India and my first film also was shot here," says an unassuming Aryan Vaid. Deep-set eyes with an unruffled demeanour, he is the heartthrob stuff that girls line up to see, as it happened at the Provogue fashion show held at the Treasure Island recently.
With the classic Monte Carlo and Grasim campaigns and innumerable fashion shows, he has been a prominent face on the Indian modelling scene. "From the last two years," he says "after the Mr India contest, Mr. International title followed, which cemented my modelling career," he says. "Let me be honest. There were other good-looking guys who spoke better than I," he says about the Mr. International pageant that had Mr. Mexico and Mr Venezuela respectively for the runners up. But his focussed approach and the demeanour got him the coveted crown.
Sitting on the other side as the judge for a pageant recently, when he was looking for the talent with a balance of a good physique, intelligence, and with the right attitude, it did boil down to what he stands for himself.
A balanced person, he is realistic in perspective. "Getting there is one thing, staying there is another. If your successes are public then your failures are bound to be public too. When you are in the limelight, you are like the entertainer in the circus, where everybody is having fun at your expense," he says. But there is one philosophy from Mark Cormacks' What they don't teach you at the Harvard Business School that he adheres to, `the harder you work the luckier you get'.
MACHO MAN: The model has set many hearts afire.
He has been more than twice lucky. A hotel management graduate working with Leela Kempinski Mumbai as a management trainee, he realised he was not cut out for the profession, and he took to flying which has been his passion. He was flying with Sahara Airlines for one and a half years when he spotted the Mr. Grasim contest notification and the rest was history. Having worked for Emporia Armani and recently back from the shoot overseas, he comments on the international fashion scene. "Back in London, one finds modelling having more than the entertainment value, with the casting by designers themselves and a hectic schedule at modelling packed with one croissant, three cups of coffee and a dinner. International fashion has evolved from just looking good to making bizarre look good. There has been a shift from the androgynous look of the 90s to the effeminate appearance," he says. For the Indian fashion, it is the Dil chahta hai look which is in. It is experimenting with the look, looking bizarre and getting the look work, and making statement with your looks, says Aryan.
Apart from fashion, he is an ardent theatre buff, known for his popular street play with the social message Mahabharat ki ek saanjh-the last conversation between Yudhishthir and Duryodhana on his deathbed, on the conflict of who had caused the Mahabharat. His stage experience has helped him to take the ramp with ease as also for his parallel cinema with Sonali Kulkarni. "It is a film for the festivals," he says.
It has been a long rapid journey for Aryan Vaid. He once wanted to be a rock star and he found the same thrill on the ramp. At one point, there was no bigger happiness than walking the ramp, wearing splendid clothes and looking good but today he is in the process of getting focussed on certain targets in life in terms of lifestyle, family and business. "Life turns out on choices you make along the way," he says. Helping students go overseas for studies, he plans to work on his academy for GMAT training and education overseas. "There is a dearth of people who genuinely help students go abroad for studies and the Internet is like an ocean," he says. One for the fashion icon with a heart of gold.
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