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Meet local model Nametha Randhawa, who has put her studies on hold for her burgeoning modelling career that has also changed her outlook on life
 

 

In this five-part series, we've picked out five local faces who all have one thing in common: They're reflective of changes in one of the most change-resistant industries - modelling. It's a business that, until recently, stuck to its own and championed only one kind. Now the playing field is more inclusive, and the "standard issue" model is no longer the standard. What is: Being unique and having a daring attitude - qualities the five ingenues here have. Oh, another thing: They'd rather be super role models than supermodels.

This second part features Nametha Randhawa, 20:

 

Photo: Elvina Farkas / Anue Management

 

"I want to achieve the best in my modelling career and use my influence and contacts to help the disadvantaged."

 

Randhawa grew up in a family where helping and volunteering were quotidian. "My family and I are huge animal lovers. We're constantly involved in a lot of animal-based projects, like a neighbourhood association that helps dogs. We have also joined volunteer groups that help orphanages here, organising outings such as trips to the zoo. The main focus of my life was definitely helping others when I was younger, although for now, modelling is my main focus."

After completing her O levels in 2016, she put her studies on hold for a modelling career that allows her to meet people from all walks of life and cultures while travelling the world.

 

Photo: Instagram / @namethaa_

 

"Through modelling, I've met many kinds of people, ranging from models who come from poor families and can't even go home because they don't have one to go back to, to owners of businesses and clubs like the Potato Beach Club in Bali, from whom I've learnt about running a business and acquired skills to apply to what I am doing."

While the extroverted model hopes to join the events and PR industry in the future, or use her modelling contacts to raise funds for the eldery or people with disabilities, her focus for now is to be a top model.

 

Photo: Instagram / @namethaa_

 

"I used to worry a lot about my future, and I couldn't stand it if things didn't go as planned. Modelling fell into my lap, and while it is unstable, I count it as a blessing as not many people get the opportunity to do it. I have learnt to take life as it comes, while also working towards achieving the best in my modelling career. I hope to one day walk for Manish Malhotra, my favourite designer."

 

ALSO READ: THE FIVE LOCAL MODELS WHO ARE RE-SHAPING SINGAPORE'S FASHION SCENE: AMEERAH SMITH

 

This story first appeared in the August 2018 issue of Her World.

Photography: Elvina Farkas/Anue Management

Styling: Bryan Goh

Hair: Jimmy Yap/Kenaris Salon, assisted by Amanda Sim

Makeup: Melissa Yeo, using Chanel, assisted by Nikki Koh

Outfit: Cupro dress (price unavailable), Signature Whipstitch Dreamer canvas and leather bag, $750, and leather boots (price unavailable), Coach.