From Rudrapur to London Fashion Week, her journey talks of everything 'extra' in ordinary

24-year-old Dipti Sharma, a model from India, now seen strutting down the runways of New York and London Fashion Week for legendary brands like Oscar De La Renta, Emilia Wickstead, and Julien Macdonald have had a long journey before becoming a well-recognised face in the fashion industry. Dipti who was born and brought up in Rudrapur, Uttarakhand in a joint family initially faced apprehensions towards her career choice from her parents, as she mentioned in her recent interview with Elle. She also mentioned that though it took a great amount of hard work and struggle to be where she is now, it was all worth it. Now based in New York, she is an avid traveller and a legit follower of Osho, who always keeps a positive outlook towards life.

Deepti first set her first foot into the modelling world when she competed in a university-established modelling competition, 'The Campus Princess Beauty Pageant' in the year 2015 at the Punjab University, while she was perusing a bachelor’s degree in English, where she was titled 'Miss Rampwalk'. In the same year, she entered the Max Elite Model Look India and was selected to represent India in Milan for the International Elite Model Look.

Photo credit: Dipti Sharma

Photo credit: Elite Model Look

After modelling in India for a year for various renowned designers like Tarun Tahiliani, Dimple and Harpreet Narula, and Anushree Reddy, the model made her major breakthrough into the international fashion when she got featured in the Gucci Cruise 2017 – line editorial for Verve India. She then went on taking bigger strides in her career by becoming a muse for brands like Marc Jacobs and Demna Gvasali.

Photo credit: Dipti Sharma

Photo credit: Dipti Sharma

Her public breakout moment was when she became the face of Balenciaga’s Spring Summer 2018 campaign, for which she was given the iconic bowl cut by the cult-followed hairstylist Holli Smith – the same cut, that Deepti is still reckoned with. Adding more and more brands like Alexander Wang, Emilia Pucci, Demna Gvasalia to her portfolio, the model made her way in several Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar editions. Do you remember her making the headlines when she wore a saree at the Dolce and Gabbana’s Alta Moda Autumn/Winter 2018 show representing Indian culture?  Her walk, draped in the classic Indian style saree with the sartorial touch of Stefano Gabbana and Domenico Dolce, has been bookmarked in the history of fashion.

Photo credit: Dipti Sharma

Photo credit: Dipti Sharma

Since then the model’s career has only been successfully rising, with her walking the ramp for every season’s collection and collaborating with stylist Natasha Royt and photographer Jason Kibbler. We’ll be seeing her again in the Paris Fashion Week Spring Summer 2020 collections playing the fantastic muse she is. 

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