Everyone has been in the UAE recently from Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie to Mark Ronson, Eva Longoria and Jake Gyllenhaal, now model Neelam Gill is coming to our shores.
British model, Neelam Gill is coming to Dubai for New Year’s revealing her plans on social media, much to the joy of her local fans. Though she wisely didn’t reveal where she will be heading to see in the New Year.
For those unaware, Neelam Gill is, we guarantee, a name to know for 2016 as as she fast becomes the model to take over from Cara Delevingne and Kendall Jenner mania.
She has already been causing a stir in 2015 after becoming the first Indian model to star in a Burberry campaign and also for being linked to former One Direction bandmate Zayn Malik.
While her role with Burberry was a breakthrough role it is one that nearly didn’t happen as Neelam almost missed her casting as she was unable to pay her train fare from Coventry (where she is from) to London. Luckily, for Burberry, and for Neelam, she managed to make the casting and the rest they say is modelling history…
Ahead of her journey to our sunny shores, here’s everything you need to know about Neelam Gill.
She used to feel like a geek at school
“I was awkward, never the hot girl, not even the pretty girl. Everyone was disgusted at how gangly I was. They looked down on me because I had less money. They wore the brands I model for now, which is ironic.”
Kanye Is A Fan
She was chosen by Kanye West to walk in his Adidas show at New York Fashion Week.
She Was Scouted when Aged 14…
But the 20 year old claims her parents convinced her to finish school. She did ditch university though for modelling.
She Has A YouTube Channel The model uses the world wide web to create videos in which she discusses topical subjects from bullying to love and depression.
She Was Bullied At School “There was a joke about me in school: ‘Oh, Neelam’s a model—she’s a foot model! Maybe she can be a hand model!’ because nobody could believe anyone would want to [cast] me.”
She’s Changed Her Name After her parents divorced she changed her surname from Johal to Gill. Gill is the last name of her step-dad who raised her.
#SBC #GirlGang @russellsbc @zaramartin @camillamackintosh @cairusso @madeleine_shaw_ A video posted by NEELAM GILL (@neelamkg) on
She’s A Book Worm
She never goes to a shoot without a good book in tow. Her favourite is And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini.
She Was Made Darker For The Burberry Ad
“They wanted to make me glowing because I was the first Indian to model for the brand and they were proud of that.”
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