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Neelam Gill, new face of Burberry 0

Nita Naidoo, Bollywood File columnist. (SUBMITTED)

By Nita Naidoo, 24 hours Vancouver

Model Neelam Gill aka Neelam Johal (right) with British actor Jamie Bower (left) on the set of Burberry Spring/Summer 2014 campaign's photoshoot. (BURBERRY PHOTO)

Model Neelam Gill aka Neelam Johal (right) with British actor Jamie Bower (left) on the set of Burberry Spring/Summer 2014 campaign's photoshoot. (BURBERRY PHOTO)

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Burberry has added a new face to its tartan-and-trench crew with Neelam Gill becoming the first Indian model to be featured by the iconic British luxury brand.

“Before doing the show, it didn’t really cross my mind,” the 18-year-old Brit told TeenVogue. “But afterwards I went on Style.com and was looking through the pictures, and I realized that I was the only Indian model."

Gill’s resoundingly positive reception scored her a place in the upcoming spring campaign, which was photographed by famed fashion photographer Mario Testino.

It probably won’t be long before you see the teen from Coventry, England among those lanky, leggy models adorning magazines and storefronts.

It’s a savvy move for Burberry as the world becomes increasingly globalized, and Gill is aware of her significance.

“Fashion reaches all different ethnicities, and the market is so wide now that customers truly aren’t going to be just one skin tone,” she said. “I'm really happy that I'm working for a company that embraces diversity, especially because Burberry's a British brand and they realize that being British doesn't just mean being white.”

Gill, who’s just graduated high school, is keen to pursue psychology studies at college. However, she’s made the decision to take a year off to enjoy her stint as Britain’s new It girl.

A few months ago, Gill revealed that she couldn’t even walk in heels. She had to put in a ton of practice between her first casting and her Burberry debut to master the catwalk sashay, claiming she “ literally practised every day in loads of different heels.”

It seems, however, that Gill has hit her stride. She’s brought a diverse new face to the fashion scene, and it probably won’t be long before other young women are attempting to follow in her well-turned footsteps.

 

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