Talent means nothing if you have no ambition behind it. The idea that you can work hard and carve your own destiny – no matter where you’re from, should be the motivation for all individuals. Meet Carol Humtsoe – a small town girl from Nagaland, who is the first Naga girl to have been signed by Elite Model Management. She started her modeling career from a very young age and worked herself up to where she is right now.
I caught up with her over a brief phone call – for this feature on Roots and Leisure. Here is an excerpt:
Hi Carol – so tell us when and how did it all start.
It started out as something fun when I was just 16, and one thing led to another. I took the first train to Delhi when I was 17 and that is how things kicked off – and Elite Model Management signed me up. I was 18 then.
Where are you based right now?
I live somewhere in between Delhi and Mumbai alternately.
How was the journey so far?
I have been fortunate enough to have worked with amazing brands – which has helped me grow as a professional model. I have walked for Wills Lifestyle India fashion week, Lakme fashion week and India Couture Week. I have also done TVC s for Chivas Regal with Wong Kar Wai, Yamaha, Kenstar, Airtel and some more 🙂
Share something about your (Naga) roots.
Our unique oriental looks can be a bit of a challenge – as they are not your typical Indian face. But I have learned from my personal journey (in fashion) that – if you are confident and proud of your roots, people start celebrating your uniqueness – and that is just beautiful!
Any message you have for the young people?
It is your time to shine and move ahead. Do not be too laid back and let the world go by – work hard and chase your dreams!