For the second year running, the Kingfisher Calendar hosted model-hunt auditions across the cities of Delhi, Bangalore and Mumbai to offer beauties a chance to feature in India’s ultimate pin-up exclusive. Here’s how it all went down.
It’s that time of year again. Ace photographer Atul Kasbekar is in the process of conceptualising the eighth edition of the eagerly-awaited Kingfisher Calendar for 2011 and once again, he’s offering a newbie to feature alongside seasoned models in sizzling bikinis at exotic beach locales.
Toward this end Kasbekar has held three auditions in Delhi, Bangalore and Mumbai to find the next Kingfisher bikini bombshell and the response has been overwhelming. Why? Because celebrities like Katrina Kaif, Yana Gupta and supermodel Ujjwala Raut have all graced the calendar’s pages in recent years. As Kasbekar himself put it in an interview, “Perceptions are changing. Today, all models and those who want to join the modelling industry are seasoned about baring their bodies.”
Once the 12 finalists have been short-listed, they will be flown to Goa for the final rounds of the selection process, which will be telecast on NDTV Good Times from October 11 onwards. Audiences will be able to view how leading fashion photographers and stylists from across the country groom and test the girls in a bid to choose the winner.
In the meantime, we offer you a first look at the auditions in the following pages.