Milind Soman on judging India's Next Top Model, and why #MeToo movement must also include male victims
'#MeToo is just about sharing your story, and not diluting anyone else's. Why should anyone be left out only because of their gender?,' says Milind Soman.
Milind Soman has just finished judging season 4 of MTV reality show India's Next Top Model. In an exclusive interview to Firstpost, the former model and actor talks about what makes an ideal model in his eyes, and why the #MeToo movement should also involve male victims.
What exactly do you look for in India's 'next top model'?
Obviously, we look for confidence and the right attitude in models all the time. But I'm personally more invested in their versatility. The show is much more than the "battle of the beautiful." They should be able to face challenging situations, change themselves according to the circumstances, and fit into different looks.
In that case, do you think the role of a model is only to do justice to the designer's creativity? Or should they also assert their own individuality to enhance the product they are endorsing?
A good model is someone who does what's required. If it's required to have a strong personality or lend their individuality to the clothes, they should be able to do that. Basically, whatever is required of them, they should be able to deliver that.
I hope so. I hope streaming services come out on top. In TV, there's a very restricted programming. After Captain Vyom, there was no sci-fi series. And similarly, after A Mouthful of Sky, there was no major English TV show. It's because it's very difficult for TV to profile its audience. The digital space achieves that. Streaming platforms are all about pulling the audience into any kind of content, and at any time.
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