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She’s... DIJANA

Make up & hair: Don Hsiao. Picture: Pabitra Das

She’s very professional, very sweet. And her attitude adds to what she already has.

Anamika khanna on Dijana s


Less is more on Dijana’s face. She’s very attractive, so it’s best to leave her face fresh and bring out her natural beauty rather than ‘fashion’. Her bone structure is crazy good, making the contouring
so effortless!

Don hsiao (make-up pro) on Dijana

To use a cliché, Dijana is different. Usually the first to arrive at a photo shoot, she says that if she’s five minutes late, “get worried that something has happened!” She is proud about her age (32) and she can’t stop giggling about her fellow models’ age seesaw. “One day they are 23, at the next shoot they are 21! I am like gosh, a few months ago you were two years older,” she laughs. Calcutta has turned out to be her Hollywood, she says and bursts into a laugh, her eyes crinkling.

Meet Dijana Dejanovic as she takes out time from her fairytale life packed with modelling assignments for a t2 2012 shoot.

(Pssst: She will soon be seen in a Bengali film but mum’s the word as she’s afraid she might jinx it!)

1 Name: Dijana Dejanovic.

2 DoB: 17.7.79.

3 Place of birth: Sisak, Croatia.

4 In Calcutta since: April 2011, after a real-life Eat Pray Love. I lost my job in a bank. I broke up with my fiancé. I saw an ad that was looking for a hostess in a restaurant here in Calcutta and I grabbed the opportunity in the hope of seeing India while juggling a simple job. Photographer Kaustav Saikia spotted me while I was working in Casa Toscana and I was born as a model!

5 USP: Well, I am new so maybe it’s the freshness. Also, international models look exotic here, just like an Indian girl would look exotic overseas.

6 Secret of success: I don’t cancel shoots. I hate to reschedule. I am always on time, in fact always a few minutes early, so I am pretty much always waiting for the others to arrive!

7 Love about Calcutta: The people. They are helping me more than anyone back home would!

8 Favourite designers: I love Anamika Khanna and Kiran Uttam Ghosh. Abroad, I love high street more than designers. One trip to H&M and I am set for the season! I also love Topshop and Zara.

9 Favourite to-go outfit: In the day it’s jeans and a tee with platform sandals. At night it’s a darker pair of jeans and high heels. My tops are quite casual, I don’t do too fancy.

10One thing you would change about yourself: Hair! I need more hair!

THE RULES OF FASHION HAVE CHANGED, SAYS QUEEN OF STYLE ANAMIKA KHANNA

In a space that’s larger than many in the world, we don’t really need to follow international trends no more. We make our own and soon will be followed... 2012 is feminine, ultra feminine. On the one hand it’s back to beautiful, back to soft, delicate pastels and florals, but always with a twist. On the other, as women get more individual, so does their sense of style. The story that must go forward is the Indian story. Proud to be Indian is not a trend, it’s more. Much more.

And here are five ways you can embrace this mood in 2012.