The Telegraph
| Sunday, November 10, 2013 |


Straight Talk

Published on Sat, 9 Nov 2013

Makings of a mentor

  • Model-turned-actor Lisa Haydon is set to play host and mentor to the models for the second time at the Kingfisher Supermodels show

Lisa Haydon wears many hats. She's a model-turned-actor-turned entrepreneur and is easily recognised as the face of cosmetics giant, Lakme. You've also seen her in commercials of Hyundai i20, Indigo Nation and Blender's Pride. Not satisfied with the small screen, Haydon had made a foray into the film world in 2010 with Aisha. More recently, she turned businesswoman with her signature line of cosmetics called Naked by Lisa Haydon.

A trained Bharatnatyam dancer, Haydon also trained in contemporary dance with Shiamak Davar for five years. At present she's playing host and mentor for the second consecutive year to models at the Kingfisher Supermodels. The show which was earlier called Hunt for Kingfisher Calendar Girl has also undergone a bit of a revamp. It now features 10 established models from the industry instead of aspiring models vying to be in the Kingfisher calendar.

During the show Haydon will be mentoring the girls and honing their skills to bring out the winner in each one of them.

She talks to Saimi Sattar about the show and what is keeping her busy.

Q: You have gone back to doing films after Aisha. Which are your forthcoming movies?

Lisa Haydon: I have just finished a movie with Vir Das and Boman Irani called Santa Banta which will be releasing later this month. Another, called Queen also starring Kangana Ranaut, will release by the end of February 2014.

Q: What keeps you busy besides movies and the glamorous world of modelling?

LH: Naked by Lisa Haydon is my line of chemical-free and organic cosmetic. These include body scrubs, moisturisers, face packs and overnight repair serums. These are not just based not skin types but also on Ayurvedic body types. I make them personally and have been selling them from two months now.

Q: How did you get involved with Kingfisher Supermodels this year?

LH: I was involved with the supermodel hunt last year where I played mentor to the girls. This year I was not really involved with the process of selecting the 10 girls but my role starts now after they've come on board.

Q: How is this year's hunt different?

LH: This is more like a boot camp for the models. These girls already have some modelling experience and the job at hand is to select the supermodel amongst them. The girls will be given tasks and whosoever performs them best will be selected as the winner. Moreover, there are a couple of brands which are associated with the programme. And I will help them select the girl which would be best suited for their campaigns as well.

Q: What is it that you will be looking out for?

LH: All the girls have one thing or another going for them -- beautiful faces and fabulous bodies. It's their confidence levels that will be one of the deciding factors in choosing the winner. It's easy to be intimidated in this kind of a contest but I advise the girls to be natural and take it easy rather than try too hard, which looks contrived.

Q: What do you do for leisure?

LH: I love to run and ran 43km in the Standard Chartered Marathon in Mumbai. My other passion is reading.