October 22, 2019 Asmita Aggarwal

Beauty has no skin tone

Meet the lovely Kyara Coelho, 18, discovered by Wendell Rodricks, who is ready to take on the runway

By Asmita Aggarwal

Kyara Coelho’s journey began at the age of 17. It was Wendell Rodricks, who discovered her, and flew her down to Goa to shoot the lookbook for the “Wow Factor” Collection SS’19, by Schulen Fernandes for Wendell Rodricks, giving her the best possible launch.

This was quickly followed by her ramp debut at India Fashion Week, where she opened and closed the show as the showstopper. “In November 2018, I signed my very first contract with Sparkle Talent Management. I was trained by Anna Bredemeyer, who instilled in me the confidence I have today. I admire her for her patience and how she being a supermodel and Ms. India knew exactly what it entails to have a career in modelling,” says Kyara, who walked for the Lotus Make-Up India Fashion Week, in association with EbixCash.

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Hailing the efforts of the Fashion Design Council of India, in making inclusivity the fulcrum of the model auditions this year Kyara believes it gives an equal opportunity to girls who always felt “left out”. “The auditions were a fabulous experience to see all these lovely girls in different shapes and sizes making a play for the catwalk and facing no discrimination,” she adds.

Studying literature and psychology at St Xavier’s College, Mumbai, the 18-year-old knew the archlights were beckoning her being an avid anchor, debater and part of the dramatics society and sometimes DJ. “I think confidence is the one ingredient you need most to be a model, rest can be worked on. The best thing is my Goan parents are very supportive, always encouraging me to chase my dreams. It wouldn’t have been possible without them even though things are quite new for me right now. I do know you have to have your own identity and not get overwhelmed by a sea of people you see around,” she adds.

Kyara also walked the ramp for Manish Malhotra’s show at HT India’s Most Stylish awards, and Abu Jani Sandeep Khosla for their CPAA show and their 33rd anniversary show —- The Circle of Life. “At 18 years, I feel blessed to have been featured in campaigns for Schwarzkopf, Pantaloons and Nykaa beauty, two of which were featured in Vogue India,” she explains.

Excited to be back at LMIFW, exactly a year since her debut, according to her, the strength to be yourself, no matter what is important when you choose this profession. “That’s exactly what LMIFW is bringing in this season, by embracing people irrespective of their age, size, colour, gender, ethnicity or profession. I absolutely love my dusky skin tone, and I think it’s so important for everyone out there to love theirs, because every skin colour is so unique and beautiful. Beauty has no skin tone.  Beauty is the genuine person you are within that comes shining through,” she says.

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