Model Monday: Lakshmi Menon

Jean Francois Campos

When US Vogue booked Lakshmi Menon for a lavish 12-page shoot, the 26-year-old model had, by her own admission, only a vague understanding of the significance of the decision. Photographed on location near her home in Goa, southern India, Menon confesses that what most excited her about the job was the thought that, for once, her commute would not involve a transcontinental flight ;)

Lakshmi is striking, no? Her chiseled bone structure makes her the perfect candidate to embrace the thick, structured eyebrows that are raging this season. Couple that with her ethnically androgynous look (she’s Indian, but could probably pass for Middle Eastern and maybe even East African) and there you have it. An international sensation!

In spite of her looks, Laxmi had no intentions to become a model. She took up modeling to earn money while studying for a degree in sociology at Bangalore University in India. After becoming a local success, she launched her international career in 2006 through catwalk and campaigns for for notable slike  Jean Paul Gaultier, Hermes, Max Mara and Givenchy to name a few. She’s been featured in all the major publications from Vogue to Harper’s Bazaar to Allure both in American, Spanish, Indian, and French.

 Her prominent place in the fashion bible’s “The Real Lives of Models” issue, alongside industry icons such as Linda Evangelista and Naomi Campbell, is all but a guarantee of an eventual spot in the firmament of females known by  mononyms alone. Menon also happens to be the only Indian model regularly seen on the runways of New York and Paris, in international fashion publications and advertising campaigns. For the first time, it looks as though India may have a bona fide international supermodel on its hands. One can’t help but ask, what took so long?

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