March 11, 2019 Asmita Aggarwal

The unDutchables

From the land of canals, Anne Frank, tulips, comes Hannah, who would like to see the world, with a catwalk saga

By Asmita Aggarwal

Away from the city life, Hannah came from quieter spaces, The Netherlands, and was thrown into the madness of Delhi. At 15, she was spotted and scouted by an agent in a small village in the north of Netherlands, but her parents insisted she complete school. Little did she know that she would one day be competing against the best faces for a spot at the Paris Fashion Week.

“I was in Paris for three months, and as we are all on a budget I learnt to find my way around a rather large and confusing city. Metro became my saviour and as I have been there ten times in two years, I know the place like the back of my hand,” she explains. Long days and sharing a room with several models taught Hannah, the survival guide to the big, bad world of modelling and then came the opportunity to visit India.

“When I came here three months ago, I knew nothing about this country, and the sheer size intimidated me. But work took me from Hyderabad, Bangalore, Jaipur and Kolkata and revealed a different and warmer side of people, food, culture and of course, modelling. Even though I am still getting used to the traffic, pollution and large crowds,” says the first time model at LMIFW’19.

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Raised by a single mom, after her father passed away, Hannah, has an older sister who is her soulmate. Though Hannah came to this country on the persuasion of a friend she made at the Kuwait Fashion week, Ikram, a Dutch-speaking girl, who became her mentor and guide.

Modelling she confesses is a tough business to survive in, from eating healthy to gyming it can be a task to look good everyday and to feel that pressure. “I have been kick boxing to keep fit, it is better than running or weights, as it is a whole body workout, and it gives me that adrenaline rush. It is a great vent after a hard day’s work, all your aggression gets a release,” she smiles.

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Another physical activity that Hannah enjoys is dancing where she says, emotions get a fabulous rhythm and it is a bit like free falling. “When your work schedule is erratic you need to do things that restore balance of mind and body, dancing does that for me,” she adds.

The future is chalked out in Hannah’s head and it will revolve around design, maybe even architecture. “I would like to go back to studying and get a degree in business management wherein I can be equipped to be a real estate manager,” she concludes.

 

 

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