I FELT THAT YOU WILL NEVER REALIZE YOUR TRUE POTENTIAL UNLESS YOU TRY AND DECIDE TO GO GIVE IT A SHOT: DALTON D’SOUZA
When and how did you begin modelling? Were you studying or working before then?
I began modelling in my TY (BCA). I met renowned fashion designer Wendell Rodricks through some friends and that is from where my modelling career kicked off.
Why modeling, when you could have settled in for a more stable permanent career?
I have always been a multi-tasker; I run a few hotels in Goa and I also dabble with modelling assignments.
Modelling has the perks of making you street smart, business savvy and developing marketing skills.
Tell me about your first assignment. If any, how did it happen? What was the experience like (make this answer as personal as possible)
My first assignment was walking the ramp for Wendell Rodricks at the Blenders Pride Fashion Tour. I was a bit jittery as the only experience I had prior to that was college fashion shows. A few senior models gave me a few tips for the ramp and it was all smooth sailing from there.
What do you feel makes you a good model? Your face? Your body? Your attitude? As opposed to others?
Along with a good body and photogenic face, you need to showcase the product you are modelling for. I make sure the product/design garners maximum attention and is marketed to its full potential.
Why Rubaru Mr. India when there are so many local pageants that happen?
Rubaru Mr. India is one of the top male pageants in India associated with a wide range of international tiles. It would be a great experience to represent India on the international stage.
Did Mr. India just happen to you along the way – or were you preparing to take part in the pageant?
A few years after I began modelling, a number of friends told me that I should give a shot at the Mr. India title too.
I felt that you will never realize your true potential unless you try and decide to give it a shot.
Tell us about how you train for it. What is the regimen like? What are the challenges involved?
No matter how busy your work schedule is, I make time for the gym to maintain decent fitness levels.
Apart from looking good, I am also preparing for the Q and A and other rounds.
What makes you feel you should be the chosen one? What’s different about you as a contestant?
Apart from the lean body and chiseled face, I completed my MBA from Goa Institute of Management and I am a successful entrepreneur. I have a strong edge over the other contestants in all the different challenge rounds.
How will winning the Mr. India pageant will be going to affect your life?
I will get to represent my country and that is one of the proudest feelings. I also would like to use the fame in spreading awareness about a cleaner India and women empowerment.
What are your views and thoughts for the cause camping of save girl child and how you will educate to stop this in our country?
Orthodox and regressive behavior of the people can only be changed through a good education system. I would request the government not only to focus on the next generation’s education but also on imparting knowledge to their parents through night schools, marketing campaigns etc. Over a period of time, the gender bias will definitely fade away.