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Book Review: Model Mentor by Colonel Gaurav Vashishtha

Model Mentor is an exclusive book for fashion model aspirants. It navigates them through a complex process so that they can achieve their dream of becoming a supermodel or any format model without falling in the traps of scams, hassles, hesitation, and politics. The semblance of the fashion industry looks glamorous, easy-to-approach, and inviting. However, the reality differs from as one tries to be that poster boy or girl.


Colonel Gaurav Vashishtha is an ace photographer, a patriotic officer in the Indian Army, and his interest in model mentoring is apparent through this book. As of now, he’s guided many young na├»ve models that made to international magazines and shows. The book is divided into two parts. Firstly, he provides all the length and the breadth of fashion modeling. Secondly, he provided forms, question and answers, communication tools – as how a model can fair with people in the field and modeling agencies.

This book has a specific target audience such as actors of Bollywood, all types of models ranging from fashion to fitness, and modeling agencies looking to hire and scout fresh faces for work. The difficulty with the book is that it is extensive. You just read it and shut it – no it is rather an all-time book – so that one can refer it from time and again.

Another great aspect of the book is that it doesn’t spoon feed but holds your hand and show you the way to become that supermodel as you often brood “How” I can be that.

The first chapter is basic and introductory about models, modeling, formats and much more.  As one chugs ahead, the jargons and definitions of the industry becomes clear and one can understand his/her position if still buoyant in the industry. Fashion model industry is never-ending, but at the same time highly competitive. If one aspect of the book is showing light to you, the other one reflects of its side-effects i.e. how to cope up with anxiety, depression, rejection, failures, casting couch, and so on.

Whosoever is seeking guidance and mentoring on modeling formats, must pick up this book. It turns the spotlight on them – they would feel as Gaurav is along with them in their journey. Truly, the book’s protagonist is none other than You – the reader, the aspiring model.

It’s truth that most of the models look forward to have a break in the Bollywood Industry. The book didn’t lay out a detailed planning, however, it aptly captures how Level 1 to 4 Networking and 3Cs of Tripod work.

At the end of each chapter, comes expert summing up remarks as ‘Mentor Mantra’ from the author. From finding genuine mother modeling agencies to avoiding fraudulent sub agencies to light & posing and understanding body and face expressions – the book takes you through all the procedural steps. Model Mentor is the best resource on model mentoring in India for any model type, especially for teen models waiting to get into the industry, this book has a very inspirational tone for kickstarting your career!

Colonel Gaurav Vashishtha must have done tremendous research and gathered experiences from his life and the models he mentored. With pictures and stories of models, the book scores high on credibility factor. Gaurav’s narration is engrossing, even non-model readers will stick with the book till they get over with their curiosity about modeling formats. Highly recommended!

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