Lakme Fashion Week is arguably the biggest fashion event in Mumbai where many familiar faces such as Deepika Padukone, Kareena Kapoor and Arjun Rampal have been featured on the runway. It has included international labels such as Louis Vuitton, Dolce & Gabbana, Manish Malhotra, Rohit Bal, Sabyasachi and many more. We are proud that Abbotsford born, Jasmeen Johal, is representing her community and her hometown for one of India’s most anticipated events in fashion
“The most blissful moment I have experienced was when I got the opportunity to walk for Lakme fashion week. It was not easy taking the step of leaving everything behind and heading to Mumbai but with the support of my loving family and friends I went ahead and took the leap. From the audition process to the actual fashion week itself, it was all so surreal. Never in my life would I have imagined I could be among the presence of such talented and inspirational individuals who I’ve been following all my life. The whole Lakme journey was a learning experience for me. When it comes to showbiz things in India work a lot differently than they do here in the Lower Mainland, It was different at first but through the twenty days that I was there I gave it my all to adapt to the changes. It was a dream come true! Looking back at how far you have came is one of the most amazing feelings, and appreciating the present is very necessary for me.
One essential lesson that I have learned throughout my journey is the importance of being uncomfortable yet staying faithful in life. When I first started off in this field, there was so much that I wanted to conquer that it all seemed impossible to achieve. Even though I was extremely passionate and hungry to fulfill my dreams, the constant fear of FAILURE would prevent me from doing so. Eventually I left it up to God and focused on the only thing that I could control….working my butt off. As time and my career progressed, I reflected back on how important it is was for me feel uncomfortable. As someone once said, “Problems are not stop signs, they are guidelines.” The negative situations and recurring thoughts were the only things standing in my way. The struggles helped me learn a lot about myself honestly and made every accomplishment that much sweeter!
Although I have many goals set for the future and have a long way to go, I am thankful, blessed, and lucky to be surrounded my so much love and support each day of my life. Thank you to all my well wishers and hopefully this small town Abbotsford girl can continue to spread love and maybe someday represent our beautiful country internationally. God bless and stay grinding