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A date with Pia

Meet Pia Trivedi, the new Channel [V] VJ

Photo: Sampath Kumar

Real challenge All set to host a reality show

Pia Trivedi is a photographer's delight. She doesn't complain and allows herself to be putty in the hand of the photographer. And this talent has not gone unnoticed. Pia is Channel [V]'s hot new VJ.

She is a new face to anyone who doesn't own a copy of the Kingfisher swimsuit calendar. Having shot to fame in 2003 at the Lakme India Fashion Week, Pia has modelled for India's only swimsuit calendar for two consecutive years. Now she is going to host a new reality show on Channel [V], called Pepsi [V] TV Champions, that gives the common man his 60 seconds of fame on television.

What was her 60 seconds of fame?

"If you ask me my 60 seconds, it would be the launch of my first Kingfisher calendar in 2004. It was revealed in 60 seconds all right," she laughs.

In a society that is still conservative, young Pia is least bit perturbed over posing for a swimsuit calendar. "It was absolutely fine. In fact it was fantastic. I learnt a lot from the experience and I haven't seen anybody condemning the calendar. Also Vijay Mallya's calendar is a prestigious assignment for any model."

Tough job

Endowed with a figure that would run an hourglass pretty close, Pia had no problems donning a barely-there bikini. And it helps to have a body sculpted by gruelling workouts. She says, "Shooting for a calendar such as this is not easy. It takes hours to get the perfect light and one shoot will often stretch for days together till the photographer gets it right. This time I had to sit on a tree for two-and-a-half hours and we still didn't get a good shot."

She was even stung by sea urchins while shooting for the calendar. "We were in the Fiji Islands. The boatman said we should leave because the tide was receding. We had to wade through the water to get to the boat. That's when I stepped and fell on everything from sea urchins to corals. The corals were really sharp. So, by the time I got to the boat, I had fallen at least 50 times, got stung at least 40 times and was bleeding from at least 10 places. But it was great," she laughs.

Loves ice cream

A foodie to the core, Pia loves to eat ice cream and sip coffee while chilling out at coffee shops. "I love food so I can't stop, then I go and work out in the gym. I spend at least three hours in the gym every day. That helps me to be in shape. But for the Kingfisher calendar I had to go on a strict diet. Now as Channel [V] VJ, I intend to give my 100 per cent," she says.

ANAND SANKAR

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