Just a couple of days to Lakme Fashion week and the entire fashion industry is celebrating diversity in beauty, talent and artistes. Without pausing the beat, BlabberCat chats up with Petr Nitka from Czech Republic, the first gender neutral model walking the much sacred runway.
Petr Nitka, for Lakmé Fashion Week S/R’17
First, congratulations to you for making it this far. But why India and what brought you all the way here?
Thank you so much. You know, modeling in Europe, Australia or in the US is good. But I don’t feel only like a model. I need to change things in a positive way and do something for people. I am coming to India as a first gender neutral model ever and I wish that can change the way how people in India see people with different sexuality.
You’re well-travelled and have had some very interesting experiences; which city do you think has the most exciting fashion scene?
Every place is different. But I need to say that South Africa really surprised me. Fashion there is amazing because of designers who are trying to make their fashion unique. I was making a fashion video for designer Roman Handt in Johannesburg and his clothes are really amazing and unisexual.
What are the pros and cons of being a gender-neutral model?
I see only advantages. I don’t want to see anything else. I am so happy I can be gender neutral model. I am really positive person and don’t want to change anything in my life.
How are you preparing for the big runway which is almost a week from now?
I am learning about Indian fashion and designers which are my favourite. I think this is going to be the biggest event I have ever attended. I am thrilled about it.
Who is your favourite model and why?
Wang Deshun and Carmen Dell’Orefice. And why? It’s simple. Because they are breaking stereotypes as well. He is 84 and Carmen 80. But they are better than young models. They are so inspiring for us.
We earlier interview Anjali Lama, the first transgender model walking for LFW and this time we are interacting with you; do you think this is the future of fashion and beauty? And even the mass will start identifying beauty in diversified ways?
I don’t know but I think this only shows that in fashion everything is possible. In fashion, you can be who you want and who you really are. I am so happy that India is starting to be so tolerant now. And I can say that India is now the great example for the rest of the world.
Do you have anything planned right after LFW?
I want to do the same. Breaking stereotypes in countries where being different is illegal. Where you can be arrested for being gay or transsexual. Countries where a woman are nothing. It’s time to destroy all hate in the world.