Diandra Soares – Bigg Boss 8 Contestant
- Age : 35
- Birthday : 13th August
- Star Sign : Leo
- HomeTown : Mumbai
- Occupation : Model/Make Up Artist/ Talent Manager
- Diandra Soares is an Indian model, anchor and a fashion designer
Modelling Career At the age of 13, Diandra made up her mind about being a model.She has been active in the field of modelling since the age of 16.Her first assignment was for Tips and Toes and her first show was for McDowell’s. In 1995,she was crowned as Miss.Bombay and that helped her to get contracts from various leading brands like Dinesh Suitings, VIP Lingeries, Tillsbury whiskey and also paved her way to the most prestigious ramp shows in town.She has walked for many international fashion shows in her career which were conducted by Gucci, Leonard Paris, Emanuel Ungaro, Sonia Rykiel, Miami Fashion Show etc.She is currently one of the leading models of the nation.
Acting Career Diandra’s earlier works mostly comprised music videos like Jadoo and Bali Bramhabhatt’s remix Ila Arun (Kichdi), Jalwa etc. She made her entry to silver screen with the 2001 English movie Everybody Says I’m Fine!, directed by Rahul Bose. The movie received positive reviews and got many accolades. She was the initial choice for the 2003 Bollywood disaster Boom directed by Kaizad Gustad. She left the role, which was later done by Katrina Kaif, because she was selected by a Paris agency for a major fashion week.Her ticket to Bollywood actually happened as a cameo in Madhur Bhandarkar’s award winning film Fashion in 2008. She was quite a bliss as a televiosn host and received wide acclaim for her show Get Gorgeous which was aired ].Her other notable television appearances includes the fourth season of the popular show *Fear Factor: Khatron Ke Khiladi (season 4) hosted by Akshay Kumar. for which she was a contestant and the second season of Fox Traveller’s “Life Mein Ek Baar” along with Archana Vijaya, Yana Gupta, Barbara Mori and Kirat BhattalAside from her modelling and acting career, Diandra is a professional makeup artistand also known for designing skills. She designed shoes for Tarun TahilianiShane and Falguni Peacock, posters for the popular Bollywood movie Love Sex aur Dhokhadirected by Dibakar Banerjee and also designed Kingfisher Calendar for 2 years Joined BiggBoss season 8 hosted by Salman Khan on date 21 September, 2014
Recognition as Bald Model Diandra Soares is most noted in her career for her bald looks on the ramp.In an industry where hair is considered as one of the prime parameters of beauty and femininity, Diandra’s actions were truly revolutionizing. Her first head shave happened in 1999 at Goa in between a fashion show.She shocked the entire fashion world when she shorn her velvet black ringlet locks.She was 20 then and later said that she done it because she loved the fun in experimenting. However neither the audience nor the fashion world received bald Diandra with open hands. After the initial media attention she grabbed, she was forced to leave the ramps and to give up her bald look.
Diandra’s second head shave happened in 2010 at the age of 30. Diandra explained that she did it because she felt the need for relive the experience all over again.Fortunately the responses were rather positive and her head shave received wide acclaim.Designers found her shinning black bald mane interesting and decided to open the close the shows with Diandra in the Lakme Fashion Week. Her career reached to the peak during this time and received wide media attention as never before which includes a special story done by Huffington Post on herOn September 7, 2013 she shaved her head again and sporting the bald look for the third time in her career. Diandra commented that it was done for religious reasons and by going bald she felt spiritually empowered.
Despite the positive responses, there are many who consider Diandra’s shining smooth shaved head as a means for publicity stunt and to grab quick media attention since the audience’s approach towards bald models have changed drastically over the years especially when models like Flaviana Matata gained popularity in the west with their tonsured head.Diandra Soares responded boldly that her decision to go bald was never meant for fame or publicity.According to her shaving one’s head is the best way to reach out to one’s soul. She believes that when you go bald can people see your true inner beauty, with a childlike quality.She said that by going bald, she even left her career on stake as the bald head might prevent her entry to many fashion weeks.
Personal Life Diandra Soares was born on August 13, 1979 to a middle class catholic family in Bandra, Maharashtra. She is the first child of Benedict Soares and have a brother and sister.Her family never had any relation with the modeling world. After having the schooling at Bombay, she pursued her education from St.Xaviers. It was the former Indian model Madhu Sapre who inspired Diandra in modelling.
Filmography Everybody Says I’m Fine!(2001) Fashion (2008)