We get up-close and personal with the Instagram sensation.
Welcome to Maxim. How does it feel?
Thank you! It feels like a dream come true!
You’re a model and a make-up artist, too. What part do you like playing the most?
Though make-up came first, I always enjoyed the thought of modelling. Not that I didn’t have the same feeling for make-up, but I love the confidence and happiness I get from modelling. It makes me feel as if I am the prettiest girl in the world.
You’ve grown up in Badlapur and now you live in North Carolina. Which one do you call home?
Both are my home. My parents made it a very big deal about never forgetting our roots when we moved to the States. There are so many Indian traditions I carry out on a day-to-day basis; it’s in my blood and it’ll forever be a part of me.
You have a big fan base on Instagram. How did you build up this community?
Persistence and dedication definitely played a big role. To be more specific, I believe when I started blending my two worlds (being an Indian and American) and collaborating with different companies, people really took my page to another level. I focused on what I wanted to put out and get back. I always make it a point to interact with those who interact with me.
If not a model or a make-up artist, what would you have been?
That’s a scary question. I’ve met so many amazing people through this field, and so many doors have been opened not just for me, but girls in South Asian communities, too. I was born to be a model; without modelling and make-up, I would be lifeless. I get to express myself through my work, and without it I couldn’t imagine my life.
What does it take to impress you?
I am most impressed when a guy plans a spontaneous date or trip... something from the heart!
How do you let a guy know that you’re actually interested?
I’ll text back or Snap.
What’s your take on dating apps? Did you ever try being on one of them?
Haha, no. The thought of meeting strangers is a big scare for me. I also never really cared to go out of my way to find someone.
If we had to arrange a perfect date, what would you like us to do?
I would like to go somewhere where the stars are bright and visible. It’s so hard to see dazzling stars these days; and, yeah, we can forget the blankets and snacks!
When do you feel sexiest?
I feel sexiest when I am happy and comfortable in my own skin.
What’s the secret to a sexy selfie?
Confidence. Your face and posture will never lie. Be confident about your body and own it.
Define your dream guy in three words.
Smart, loving and funny.
What can Maxim readers do to make the women in their lives smile? In other words, #MakeHerSmile (our current public service campaign)?
Just love her. Text her and call her often, whenever you miss her. Plan fun date nights or impromptu trips to places you both want to go. You can even do something small but still meaningful, like having a romantic movie night at home.
Photographed by NICK SAGLIMBENI
Hair & Make-up by MIRA PATEL
Shot on location at The Merrimon-Wynne House in Raleigh, North Carolina
Produced by SLICKFORCE STUDIO