All eyes on her
This year, if anyone has garnered all the attention, it would be no other than Sabita Karki. Living meets the 23-year-old model who catapulted to international success.
After a stint on India’s Next Top Model (INTM) 2017, Sabita is on her way to garner international success. She became the first runner-up at the show, competing against 16 strong contenders; which included some very experienced models in India. But her level of intelligence puts her right there among the top ranking models in the country. She is a favorite of photographers and has been featured in many publications.
Who is Sabita Karki?
Sabita Karki is a positive and hardworking girl who always wants to achieve something big in life and travel around the world. I was born in Kathmandu. We are a family of seven, which includes my parents, brother, sister-in-law, nephew and our pet. But at the moment half of them are abroad, so it’s only my mother, I and Bhokey (our pet) living in the house.
What was your childhood like?
Games and study pretty much sums up my childhood days. I was a very bright student; I used to be studying most of the time. I used to play a lot of outdoor games with friends from my neighborhood; I loved playing cricket.
What led you to modeling?
I never thought of modeling until one day someone noticed me and offered me a photoshoot for their brand. I was really scared at first. But as I always believed in taking risks, I gave it a try and things worked out great for me.
How was your first modeling experience?
I was nervous and shy. And I was actually a little uncomfortable wearing a tube dress as I had never worn it before.
How do you think you have evolved as a model?
The grooming sessions that I have attended over the years has taught me a lot, from posing to walking on a runway. I am honored to be able to work with some of the best designers, choreographers and photographers and I have learnt a lot from them. Before each shoot, I always did some research and followed the best international models. And now when I look back, I feel that I have evolved a lot. I am still learning and getting better day by day.
When you initially started modeling, people tagged you as a bikini model, how do you feel about that?
I took it positively because there were only a handful of models who did bikini shoots at that time. I felt kind of strange that people didn't notice my potential before I started doing bikini shoots. But I am happy that I started getting more projects in this industry after that.
What were some of the most memorable modeling assignments for you in Nepal?
It was definitely the Nepal Fashion Week, my first cover shoot with Living and my photoshoot with Smoking Joe's where I posed as a biker girl. I also loved my pictures shot by Milan LSama for Fashion Bazaar. The list is long.
How did INTM happen?
INTM happened to me because of Blink Nepal Talent Management. I'm very thankful to them, because it wouldn't have been possible without them. Going to INTM was the best decision of my life.
How does it feel to be chosen the first runner-up at INTM?
Firstly, I am definitely proud because I got the opportunity to represent my country. Secondly, I get love from everywhere; people are showering me with admiration and look up to me as an inspiration. It’s definitely the best feeling.
Did you feel at any point that you should've been the winner?
Yes, during the finale I was hoping I would be the winner. But, since Riya had that consistency during the performance, I believe the decision was fair.
What do you think set you apart from rest of the models?
I don’t want to brag about myself (laughs). But having said that and to answer your questions, I feel that I'm someone who's comfortable to work with. I have heard it from a lot of people that I have the proper model attributes in me.
Tell us about your experience during the show.
My overall experience was a roller coaster ride for me. In the beginning I was curious, nervous and excited. But in between I became a little emotional. I had mixed feelings. The stunt based tasks and the fact that we were given just three minutes to perform made me super nervy. However at the end of the day, I achieved something big and I'm happy about it. INTM not only taught me to be better as a model, it made me emotionally stronger.
How real is television for you?
Everything was real for me, from the day to day activities we did, the fun we had, and every conversation. We used to be surrounded by cameras everywhere, so reality shows do live up to the name.
What is next for you?
I love modeling and I have huge respect for the profession. It's been an amazing four years in this field, so I think I’ll continue with what I am doing.
What do you think is the key to success that nobody thinks about?
In my opinion, the key to success is to know your potential and working hard: one has to be focused.
Do you believe in the notion that models have a short career span?
I think it all depends on the person.
Which models do you look up to? Who are your idols/heroes outside of modeling?
I look up to Aastha Pokhrel from Nepal and Alassandra Ambrosio in the international arena. I love them both and admire their work. Outside modeling, my father is my hero.
What advice would you give to upcoming models?
Take risks, look out for opportunities, work hard and be positive. And gain more and more experience every day.
JUST FOR FUN!
18 things Sabita absolutely loves:
- Chanel perfume
- My mom
- Srijana Regmi(my best friend)
- Bhokey (my pet)
- Fur coats
- Dogs (any kind of dogs)
- White sneakers
- Heater (in winter)
- Friends, Two and a half men
- Horror movies
- Groot (from Guardians of the galaxy)
- My macbook air
Sabita’s friends best know her for being...
Sabita gets really annoyed when...
Someone is very negative.