Asia’s Next Top Model has quite a following in Singapore. This season, two local girls have a shot, including Poojaa Gill
Poojaa Gill is one of the two Singaporean contestants in Season 2 of the popular reality TV show, Asia’s Next Top Model.
Weekender speaks to her about her experience behind the glitz and the glamour.
What made you want to go into modelling?
Since I was five, I’ve always told my family that when I grow up, I want to be a model. Even at that age, I was a natural in front of the camera and always loved posing for shots.
Models always seemed so glamorous and they always looked beautiful in advertisements. Every time I looked at them, I would secretly tell myself, “I can do this too!”
The opportunity finally came at the age of 15, when I decided to join New Paper New Face after ending my sports career as a sprinter due to an unfortunate injury.
How was the experience of Asia’s Next Top Model?
The entire experience was just out of this world! From the way we are treated (like such VIPs!) to the friendships formed within such a short period of time, all of it has been incredibly amazing.
More importantly, it has made me grow as a model.
What’s the best thing you’ve learnt from the experience?
The best thing I have learnt is to step out of my comfort zone and not do what’s safe during a photo shoot because, otherwise, your images will be dull and boring.
Instead, be adventurous and do the unconventional even though you feel uncomfortable because, more often than not, the final product will be awesome.
Any funny or memorable moment on the set?
I think one moment I’ll never forget is how we were shooting the opening sequence of the show and while shooting I really, really needed to pee but had to control it.
I ended up getting a really bad scolding from one of the judges, Adam Williams. At that point, I was so scared and helpless but now as I watch it on TV, it’s amazing how it’s become a joke and something to laugh about.
I don’t look back at the difficult moments and have a phobia of them because I am a mentally stronger person now (after the show).
Do you have any advice for those who want to go into modelling?
Yes, practice your poses and expressions in front of the mirror. You might think it’s stupid but it goes a long way and actually really helps.
Also, be daring and different if you want to stand out as a model. Most importantly, be confident because if you don’t believe in yourself, no one else will.
What makes you happy?
What truly makes me happy is seeing myself chase after my dreams. I’m really happy I never gave up even in such an industry where rejection happens all the time.
I’m happy to be where I am today, doing what I love and not having a single regret. That makes me happy!
See how Poojaa fares in Asia’s Next Top Model Season 2, airing every Wednesday, 9.40pm, on SingTel mio TV Ch 301 & StarHub TV Ch 501 (Star World).