Pranati Rai Prakash from Patna was declared the winner of season two of India's Next Top Model.
The modelling reality show, an adaptation of America's Next Top Model, was judged by model-actress Lisa Haydon and celebrity photographer Dabboo Ratnani.
The contestants at the show were mentored by VJ and actress Anusha Dandekar and image consultant and grooming expert Neeraj Gaba.
The show commenced with 13 new faces vying for the title and was down to three of them emerging as frontrunners.
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Along with the title, Pranati will also get to model for certain brands with a modelling contract for a year and an opportunity to feature in a reputed lifestyle magazine.
"Life is a fantasy that I've been creating constantly. I am overwhelmed by the support and love that I've received from all over and I am extremely thankful to India's Next Top Model Season 2 for being such a wonderful platform that helped me explore my talents every minute," Pranati said after her win.
"The show has helped me not only to represent myself but also got my state, Bihar, noticed in the modelling arena and I hope to carry the title of India's Next Top Model to the best of my potential," she added.
Pranati, the daughter of an Army officer, "grew up all over India", and added that being a "small-towner" had its advantages.
In an interview with The Daily Mail, the model said:
"One is not so familiar with fashion growing up in a small town, so naturally it makes you curious. Perhaps modelling would not become my life’s love if I grew up with easy access to the job while growing up in a big city. Life in the metro gives you exposure, but small-towners learn not to take things for granted."
Pranati isn't a stranger to modelling contests: She was a Miss India finalist in 2015, and won titles like Miss Fashion Icon, Miss Talented and Miss Beautiful Legs at the pageant.
Jantee Hazarika and Subhamita Banerjee were the other finalists. Their final competition was to walk the ramp at the recently concluded Lakme India Fashion Week in Mumbai, and Pranati impressed the judges most with her poise.
Pranati now hopes to emulate the career path of her role model, Priyanka Chopra.
— With IANS inputs
Published Date: Sep 12, 2016 09:59 am | Updated Date: Sep 12, 2016 10:11 am