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 This Week's Model: Lakshmi Menon

This Week's Model: Lakshmi Menon


blog_menon_headShot.jpgBeing South Indian, I quietly championed the Bangalore-born, Lakshmi Menon (here, on the most recent Michael Kors runway) when I first spotted her in a spring 2008 Hermes campaign where she posed alongside a duo of elephants. Up until that point I had never even seen anyone who remotely looked like me in a major fashion publication. I was even more smitten when I glimpsed the exotic stunner in person when she dropped by the W offices for a casting. The 26-year-old broke into the international arena just two years ago, when she walked the spring 2008 Jean Paul Gaultier and Hermes runways. She’s since landed a slew of ad campaigns (fall 2008 Givenchy, spring 2009 MaxMara) and editorials (Vogue, V, Dazed & Confused). I finally got my chance to chat up the brainy beauty — she has a bachelor’s degree in developmental sociology — after New York fashion week.

blog_menon_HermesMaxmara.jpg From left: Hermes Spring 2008 campaign, Max Mara Spring 2009 campaign.

What has been your favorite look this season?
I loved all of Derek Lam’s collection. It was feel-good, bold and colorful, and the navy blue crepe blouse and the floral high waisted skirt were my favorites. I also adored my little red dress at Jason Wu.

What are your must-haves when prepping for a show?
Water, Blackberry, iPod, music by Kings of Convenience and a good book.

blog_menon_WuLamRunway.jpg From left: Jason Wu Spring 2010, Derek Lam Spring 2010.

What shows are you most excited about?
Givenchy, Rick Owens, Stella McCartney, Yohji Yamamoto and Comme des Garcons, to name a few.

What are the best things you’ve ever gotten in a post-show goody bag?
A Givenchy jacket and Alexander Wang tees.

blog_menon_givenchyFW08.jpg Above: Givenchy Fall 2008 campaign.

You’re one of the few Indian models working internationally —
It’s sad. I am very grateful to Riccardo Tisci and Jean Paul Gaultier who really gave me my first real break to be a part of the western fashion industry. I wish there were more Indian girls in international fashion. Hopefully, that will all change with India and other Southeast Asian economies becoming new, emerging markets.

There are a lot of talented fashion designers out of India these days. Which ones stand out in your mind?
I’m very fond of Savio Jon, Rajesh Pratap Singh and Hidden Harmony!

blog_menon_Herrera.jpg From left: Carolina Herrera Spring 2010, Menon backstage.

What other career plans do you have?
If I weren’t modeling, I would pursue my masters in developmental sociology.

What is the first thing you do to unwind after a show?
Take a warm bath and get a good night’s rest.

blog_menon_VogueIndia.jpg Above: Menon on the cover of Vogue India May 2009.

Photos: WWD staff

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