Deborah Doris Fell was 16 when I first met her. Judging by her album of drop-dead gorgeous images, it should not come across as a surprise that our first meeting was at a beauty pageant, a platform stereotypically considered to produce talented yet obnoxious models. Stereotypical because Debbie doesn’t have a single mean bone in her body. Over the years, I have had the opportunity to not just be her friend, but also witness her stellar rise from being a student, who modeled occasionally, to being one of the best and most sought-after faces in India. Not one to shy away from speaking her mind, Debbie’s social media posts are full of her family adventures, exotic travel shoots, and the God she unwavering holds on to.
I think it’s fair enough to say yes, they do. They expect you to be bold, glamorous, they expect you to be someone who smokes or drinks or takes drugs (which isn’t the case with all the models, including myself) someone who parties a lot, who makes bucket loads of money… The list is never-ending.
Q2. In your career, have you ever:
a) Tripped and fell on the ramp: Fortunately, I have never tripped or fallen on the ramp even though my last name is Fell, ha! All thanks to God.
b) Wore the most awesome dress and got to keep it too: Well, I keep wearing these mind-blowing, fabulous outfits, but I have never got to keep any of them.
c) Felt insecure and cried your heart out: There are days where I do feel insecure. But I can never myself a pity-party, I just laugh it off and try to stay positive.
d) Been so busy that you didn’t have time to eat: That happens almost during every shoot or show. During those days, I end up eating twice than normal.
e) Ruined your hair, face or body (due to excessive use of make-up, styling etc): Yes, I have ruined my hair (even though it looks perfect), thanks to the harsh lights, the sprays, the heating machines, the gels etc. But I make a conscientious effort to take care of it. My body is in pretty good condition, no damage thanks to good genes—especially since I don’t go on diets and neither do I exercise at all. Well, make-up has in a way ruined my skin, but again I keep acne at bay by staying hydrated and eating a good amount of veggies, fruits, and meat.
Q3. Has your successful career taken a toll on your personal life?
Well, every job has its pros and cons, and this job of mine is no different. Yes, I don’t have as much time as I would love to have to spend with my loved ones. But, whenever I get free, I make sure I meet my friends, well-wishers and sometimes my fans too, ha!
Q4. As a model, what are three things you can’t do, unlike your non-model friends?
There’s nothing that I cannot do as a model. I make sure I do what I want to do. Maybe I’d have to think really hard about this one.
Q5. What has been the most exciting project you have worked on till date?
Every project I take up is interesting for me. And even if it isn’t, I end up making it interesting… there are so many exciting projects that I’ve done, I cannot keep a count of them anymore.
Born and raised in India, Anisha Dhiman moved to Toronto to study Publishing and then Lifestyle Media at Centennial College. Writer, social media strategist and content creator, Anisha is the founder of Five Question Series, where she profiles people… you guessed it, by asking five questions. In her free time, she enjoys reading and trolling people with puppy GIFs and memes. Her only phobia? Losing her sight, but staring at the screen all day long doesn’t help much.