Bio: Now a well-known name in the fashion industry, Opang Jamir from Nagaland, came into the limelight when he won the title of Mr Earth India in 2011 and Mister International India in 2012. Talented and driven, he is a inspiration to all the youth of the region who want to make it big.
Do you remember the first time you walked down the ramp? What was the feeling like?
I was very young when I did my first ramp walk in 2008, I was 16 years old. We practice for this particular show for almost a week so I did pretty well, I felt little nervous but I carried it off with ease, confidence and spunk.
You are a known name now but you must have worked hard to make it to the top, what challenges did you have to face and what kept you motivated throughout your journey?
Thank you for saying that, well to reach this far, it took so many years of hard-work and perseverance and I never stopped believing in my dream. A dream is a picture of possibilities so we must have a strong heart and a prepared mind to turn that into reality, and never let obstacles hinder my progress. I wanted to people to know about Northeast in an international level so I represented the country in Mister International 2012 competition held in Bangkok. When we excel in something, we always face obstacle however I learn from my failures, and I always stay calm, composed and optimistic.
In your opinion, is it difficult for models from Northeast India to make it big in the modelling industry?
Not at all, we are quite unique in our features, physical attributes, skin tone; our looks and nature is a plus point. We must have patience as success doesn’t come easily. Our models just need to be professionally groomed for overall development. Also, you need a positive attitude to face all challenges.
Any one experience that left a big impact on you?
Yes, I want to share an experience that left a big impact on me. As former Mister India International 2012, I was bestowed with an incredible and prestigious title, you become a huge voice and face of the youth and that comes with great responsibilities and duties. My advocacy is to help and create awareness. So one of my campaign was in 2014 for a young boy of 4 years old who was born with Ectopia cordis (a child born with heart abnormally located outside or partially in the chest) who was to undergo his last surgery at “Fortis Escorts Heart Institute & Research Center” New Delhi , but the cost was too high and expensive for the boy’s family as his parents were daily wage workers. So, I helped start a charity campaign and spread the message through the help of daily newspaper and social media for the donation with the title “Donate for Master Omentiba” on July 1st 2014. Within 10 days, we collected one lakh and fifty thousand, so he did his surgery successfully and he is fit and healthy. This would not have been possible without my pageant titles for which I get respect and I want to use my title for greater cause and create bigger impact in the near future.
What projects you are involved with right now?
I’m not rushing to become an actor even if I had moved to Mumbai in 2015, I’m keeping myself busy with modelling assignments also mentoring and grooming pageant aspiring candidates. Making time for my family and then doing my homework which is “learning my spoken Hindi”
What is the most expensive thing in your wardrobe?
I have a pair of jeans and shirt by celebrity designer Asa Kazingmei, I guess it is 40k+ (laughs)
What do you like to do in your free time?
I enjoy sleeping, cooking for my family, listening to music and making casual conversation with my family and friends.
Do you follow a diet?
Well, I follow my diet when I have major shoots or fashion week otherwise I don’t compromise with food. I like my authentic Naga style cooked foods.
One fellow model who you think is really talented?
I find Sucheta Sharma very cool, she is really doing great in keeping herself fit and healthy, very proactive in social media and Instagram. I love everything about her.
One designer/label you would like to model for?
For me, all designers are very talented, creative and I believe in their creation. However, I would really like to model for Donatella Versace. (smiles)
What does ‘style’ mean to Opang Jamir?
Style can be from an inspiration or anything, for me if I find it comfortable and goes along with the theme then that’s style.
As told to Meeta Borah