India’s Next Top Model belongs to the reality genre.
Lisa Haydon hosted it, and she and
Dabboo Ratnani were the judges. MTV India broadcasted it from 19 July 2015. It is an Indian version of America’s Next Top Model which was a creation of
Tyra Banks. The contestants of the show were girls who participated for the opportunity to begin their modeling career.
Anusha Dandekar mentored the contestants, with
Neeraj Gaba, the grooming expert and image consultant. The season got completed on 27 September 2015. It was a weekly show, telecasting only one day per week.
Thirteen girls were chosen as finalists to compete for the show. The prize for the winner of the show was a chance to appear in a spread in Grazia magazine, be the new face of Tresemme and representation from Bling Talent Management. The girl who won all these was an 18-year-old girl,
Danielle Canute belonging to Mumbai. She was the youngest among the contestants. Before the competition, she was a Wings Team Member for Red Bull. The participants of the show included a girl from different parts of India and different age group. Shivani Raj (24) from Bareilly, Mehjabin Mahal (24) from Mumbai, and Bhakti Kumbawat (25) from Junagarh got eliminated in the second episode.
Vishakha Bharadwaj (23) from Delhi quit the show, and
Neev Marcel (24) from Goa got eliminated in the third episode.
Sreeradhe Khanduja (20) from Allahabad and
Anam Shaikh (22) from Mumbai got eliminated in sixth and seventh episode respectively. Then Malvika Sitlani (22) from Mumbai,
Aditi Shetty (22) from Mumbai, and
Monica Gill (25) from Boston got eliminated.
Gloria Tep (23) from Nagaland was the second runner-up, while
Rushali Rai (20) from Delhi was the first runner-up. Now, let’s see what these participants had done before coming to this competition. Aditi had her own music album, Dum Maro Dum, and was runner up in Miss Queen of India. Sje had also won Miss Mangalore title. Anam had stayed the winner of Face of India 2015. Malvika had modelled at Indian International Jeweller Week and had won Femina Miss Style Diva in 2014.
Monica had won the title of Miss India Worldwide, 2014 and Miss India USA, 2013. She had also acted in Kaptaan and HI. Rushali had previously participated in Femina Miss India Delhi competition and was second runner-up. She also shot for Gal Kithe. She won photo challenges of the second and fifth episode. The tasks for the show included photo shoots, runway shows, and commercial. Photo shoot challenges were like Styling oneself on a rooftop, paired between a mirror selling Lakme Matte Lipstick, Outrageous Hairstyles in restricted spaces, mannequins with
Cyrus Broacha, posing as a statue with a male model, embodying different personalities with props, and femme fatales harnessed in the sky. The commercial challenge was for Keratin Smooth shampoo by TRESemme. Runaway challenges were swinging pendulum wearing headdresses, and most important modeling occasion, Lakme Fashion Week 2015.