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Model MOM

She's not just a pretty face. Aditi Govitrikar is looking to combine her two greatest loves: modelling and medicine



Aditi Govitrikar: `You have to be intelligent to be successful at anything.' — Photo: K. Gopinathan

IMAGINE IF your gynaecologist was a glamorous model and former Mrs. World, brand ambassador for a big company, turning down film offers left and right, in a position to be selective, waiting for the "right one" to come along. It seems hard to reconcile and Aditi Govitrikar's given up trying. The green-eyed model, who shot to fame after winning the Mrs. World title, trained to be a gynaecologist, but gave up medicine for the glamour and klieg lights of the modelling world. Among her endorsements is the position of brand ambassador for Kaya Skin Clinic. "I travel a lot and I really enjoy this industry," she says.

She plans to go back to medicine at a later date, but to cosmetic dermatology, her new area of interest. Aditi is confident that when she goes back to medicine, people won't dismiss her as a former model. "It all depends on what you deliver, and already now as a model I have so many people coming up to me with skin queries, so doing cosmetic dermatology will bring my two loves together, medicine and modelling."

First love

Medicine has always been her first love though, and that's what makes her sure she wants to return to it. "My father insisted I study hard and get a seat on merit," she recalls. "Medicine gives you so much stimulation and satisfaction..." She agrees that she misses academics, but is quick to jump to the defence of the glamour industry. "People always think that models are dumb," she says, "but that's not true at all. To be successful at anything you have to be intelligent." And the more academic stimulation comes from the conversations with her surgeon husband. And, of course, by keeping in touch with medicine through the work at Kaya skin clinics.

Kaya has opened three branches in Bangalore, adding to their chain of clinics in other metros to give skin care treatments. The treatments are dispensed by dermatologists and always begin with a "skinscription" — a way of determining your skin type and the condition of your T-zone. Kaya gives preventive as well as corrective treatment (though they stop short of surgical procedures), and advises on lifestyle, nutrition and cosmetics. Their most popular treatments are otox, hair reduction and Aditi's favourite, the Kaya Glow, which polishes and brightens skin. This costs Rs. 1,500 and more sittings could be recommended. Kaya has clinics in Indiranagar, Koramangala and on M.G. Road. Kaya can be contacted on 56611005.

H.G.

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