After battling it out for 10 weeks, Kingfisher finally crowned the winner of Kingfisher Supermodels 3 to Ashwarya Susmita who is from Darbhanga, Bihar.
Aishwarya Sushmita is a combination of talent and beauty. An avid singer, a belly dancer, and a national level badminton player, Aishwarya has done it all.
The sixth season of the Supermodel hunt saw 10 aspiring models heat the battle field with their confident strut and Aishwarya Sushmita was declared the winner. That’s the least one can expect from someone whose name is derived from two of the country’s most well known beauty queens.
Actress and stylista Neha Dhupia, Mohan Neelakantan, consulting fashion editor of NDTV Good Times, and ace photographer, Atul Kasbekar judged this year’s edition of the contest.
An ex-student of Delhi University, Aishwarya Sushmita won the challenge that was spread over a period of 10 weeks.
Interview: Her Journey
I did my schooling in Bihar, 11th and 12th from Jaipur, graduation and post-graduation from Delhi.
My father works for State Bank of India and he has a transferable job. My mom is a homemaker.
I have two older sisters; one is a fashion designer, she is married and lives in Mumbai.
The other sister has completed her hospitality management.
She is exploring a career in singing in Delhi, as she is a good singer.
Is your name an amalgamation of former Miss World Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and former Miss Universe Sushmita Sen’s names?
Indeed! I was born in 1994.
My parents were really inspired by them as they were crowned Miss World and Miss Universe in the same year.
Since you have two names, what do people call you?
People call me Aishwarya, Sushmita, Ash, Sush and one of my friends calls me Ashmita — it’s a new name for me.
When I was young, I didn’t realise it, but now people are focusing more on my name than me.
My parents were confused whether to call me Aishwarya or Sushmita. In their confusion they decided it’s perfectly fine if they use both names.
Have you met these two beauties?
I would love to meet both Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and Sushmita Sen. Let’s see where my destiny takes me.
How did you become a model?
I participated in the Miss India contest through Campus Princess (a beauty pageant which scouts for potential beauty queens).
I was shortlisted from Delhi, and I came to Mumbai. After one week of training, I was in the Top 6, amongst 30 contestants.
When I went back to Delhi, my dad and my older sisters convinced me that I should try modeling as I had made it to the Top 6.
Since I am 5.9 and had some qualities of a model, I thought I should give it a try and started working on my body and diet.
For the last 5 to 6 months I have been working as a professional model.
I have done ramps shows and few print ads. However, I haven’t got the opportunity to do a TV commercial yet.