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ModelSpeak: Stay on course and stay committed to your dream

Last updated on: March 18, 2015 19:45 IST

Dutch model Debbie Dhillon fields questions on her first big break, beauty and health tips and the lessons life taught her.

Dutch model Debbie Dhillon

Photograph: Uttam Ghosh/

Age: 19
Height: 5 ft 8.5 in
Weight: 55 kgs
Hometown: Netherlands

The big break

Nearly three years ago, while I was still in high school, I auditioned for Miss India Netherlands and I was one of the finalists.

The same year, I walked for Manish Malhotra in London. I was the youngest (I was 17) and the only girl from the Netherlands to walk in the show.

It was all so much fun.

On Sunday I was treated like a princess -- my hair and make up was perfected by professionals and Monday morning I was back to school.

I pursued a Diploma and became a beautician but I soon realised that modelling was what made me happy.

Last year, I auditioned for Holland’s Next Top Model and stood third in the country.

I got signed by Touche Models in Amsterdam and in India, Anima Creatives helped me bag an assignment with Lakme.

I came to India six weeks ago and since then I have done photo shoots for Vogue, Grazia and Femina.

I will be walking for designer Sailex today -- it will be my first show at Lakme.

Life Lessons

Beauty and health tips

Advice for aspirants

Safety tips

I have travelled to Spain, the UK, the USA, Macedonia and France and met different types of people.

Whenever I am in a new country, I prefer to travel with people I know -- colleagues or people from my agency.

I always try to be alert and avoid travelling alone late in the night.

Divya Nair