Kiran Kandola @ storm management
How long have you been modelling for?
I've been modelling for 3 years but only one year full time. For the first 2 years I modelled whilst studying for my law degree which I managed to complete!
You recently shot with Tim Walker for i-D, how was that?
It was an amazing experience to work with such a highly accredited photographer. I'm so grateful to have been part of his vision for the shoot, and luckily he was really down to earth so I wasn't too nervous!
Who do you currently idolize in the industry and why?
My idols in the industry change all the time but currently I'm obsessed with Adwoah Aboah; she has such a unique look and I admire what she's done in creating an online platform to talk about contentious issues. I'm also really looking forward to Edward Enninful's first issue of British Vogue as I think he'll make huge changes for diversity within the magazine.
Tell us about the pros and cons of being an ethnic model in 2017
Being a model of colour definitely has its ups and downs. I think there has been progression in the industry in having a more diverse range of models in campaigns and shows, but the ratio of people of colour to Caucasians is still poor. People of colour are still tokens in most shoots which makes diversity in the industry seem like a trend that will just pass. Fashion houses shouldn't be afraid to use multiple ethnic models and the focus shouldn't be on skin tone but rather our features and personality.
I am proud to be one of the few Indian models in the industry and to be representative for other people of colour
Where is home
Home for me is a small town in Kent. I love the community feel, how everyone knows everyone!
photography tré + elmaz
styling anastasiia + maude
makeup jonathon luke
hair issey hyde