Newsweek magazine recently called the 25-year-old
the "new global standard of beauty. Her dusky looks and svelte
figure have launched countless products, and she is on the cover
of almost every posh fashion magazine. She has modeled for brands
like Versace, Wonderbra, L'Oreal, Victoria's Secrets, Marks and
Spencer and Mercedes
Ms Mohan, whose father is Punjabi and mother
Irish-French, was born and raised in Calgary, Canada. Her career
kicked off famously at the age of 13 when she was "discovered"
at an Elite modeling contest in Los Angeles.
She's one of those beautiful women who can easily
be Italian, Britain or Spanish. And she can very well be an Indian
in a sari. I feel like an Indian goddess when I am wearing a sari.
I capitalize on all angles. I am what I am, and
if they want to pay me for being Punjabi - great. Similarly, if
they want to pay me for looking Spanish or Italian - which they've
done - wonderful."
But like a spokeswoman for the London-based Models
1 agency commented, "A beautiful girl is a beautiful girl,
no matter what the combination."
Saira says she loves India, which she has visited
several times. "I got married in India - it's my favorite
country. I really find such a peace in India - I have this slogan
- 'go to India and meet yourself'." Her youthful philosophy
seems to hark back to the 1960s generation. "I think that
coming from America which is all about material possessions and
no spirituality - when you go to India, you are faced with the
virtue of India - all these people living even in ditches - Americans
can learn about how balanced they are.
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