She is on cloud nine these days. UK-based model Bhavya Gowda who visited Kochi recently reveals the reason; “I have been offered a plum role in the next Aamir Khan movie. Though I can’t reveal the details, if everything falls into place that would be my entry ticket to B-town.” Bhavya, an educationist and model who visited Kerala for the initial plans of her new school, debunks the notion that models are just pretty faces.
The charming lady who holds the credit of being the first Indian to be crowned Miss Earth Northampton, is also surprisingly the proponent of several literacy campaigns across the country. She speaks about her dual passions - education and beauty pageants: “I have been offered movies prior to this, once as the heroine of a John Abraham film and then in Malayalam opposite Mohanlal. But education has always been my prime priority.” Bhavya, who is a PhD holder in higher education management from UK also adds that she is here to break the fallacy that models are all dumb. “Managing education and modelling career is not a big deal, and all one need to take care is to prioritise the needs,” says Bhavya who is the managing director of Royal Kids International Schools, an international wing of schools based on Bangalore.
In modelling, Bhavya has come a long way from the little school girl who posed before the arc lights. She was nine when she did a fashion shoot for Weekender kids. “During college days, I was an enthusiastic participant of fashion shows, being the member of the fashion team of Mount Carmel College, Bangalore, from where I took graduation and post graduation. I had a gala time during my modelling stint in India. I modelled for brands like HP and IBM. I also got an opportunity to work with stalwart designers like Prasad Bidappa, and famous photographers like Jacob Henry, Kumaran Ganeshan and Zubair,” says the 29-year-old Bangalore-born.
Bhavya has built an equally fabulous career in UK by winning many coveted titles. “I got more exposure there. Besides winning the famous title of Miss Earth Northampton in 2010, I also posed for some international brands like the Ed Hardy by Christian Audigier.” She recalls with pride the moment when she was named a ‘living doll’ at the famous Wembley stadium in London. Also, one of Bhavya’s bridal pictures was chosen as the best bridal picture of the world by World Bridal Association.
But out of all the recognitions and experiences she had in UK, it was the perspective of the country towards education that influenced her the most. “In UK, more focus is given towards quality education. Though India is good for studying, for implementing the ideas we learned from academics, foreign countries are excellent.”
And taking cue from there, Bhavya has set four schools in Bangalore and Mysore. “Mine is a holistic approach towards education, stressing more on application and strategies.” And not limiting her focus to education alone, the multi-faceted model has also been conducting many campaigns across the country on various health issues including breast cancer. She says, “Beauty is for a cause, and if utilised in a proper way, I am sure to influence many.”