Kingfisher Calendar Girl Elena Fernandez, who traces her roots to Goa, will today feature as show stopper for designer Manoviraj Khosla, for the fashion show being held as part of the 8th edition of ‘Kingfisher Premium – Final Wave’, at Sinq Beach Club, Candolim. Elena who featured on the Kingfisher Calendar twice (2013 and 2015) and who has done editorial spreads for Vogue India, Elle and Femina speaks to NT BUZZ about modelling, her Goan connection and the secret behind her fitness
BY ARTI DAS | NT BUZZ
It’s a very rare sight – a model relishing a pizza a few hours before a bikini show. However, Kingfisher 2015 Calendar Girl Elena Fernandez is one such cool personality who has no qualms about feasting on a pizza and that too just before a bikini show. She says: “My trainer is the one who will asks me to eat. Though I am about to model for the Kingfisher Final Wave, I am eating pizza. That is because my trainer allows me to enjoy three to four meals without any restrictions.” Elena was speaking to NT BUZZ a few hours before her show at the ongoing 8th edition of ‘Kingfisher Premium – Final Wave’, at Sinq Beach Club, Candolim.
Elaborating on her unusual fitness regime she says: “I train with a phenomenal trainer in Mumbai; founder of MFT (My Fitness Trainer) Harrison James. The one form of training I follow to stay in shape is Stud Training by MFT. In this training regime everyday is different so that one doesn’t get bored. One day I will be lifting tyres the next day I will be doing squats in addition to lifting tyres. The best part is that I see instant results. Every session is promising with MFT. In twelve-hours your body is transformed. He trained me for the kingfisher calendar and is now training me for Victoria’s Secret. He’s my secret weapon.”
For Elena this venue and her association with the Kingfisher brand are special as she traces her roots to Goa. “Actually this place is my home town. My father is from Goa. It feels like a great privilege to be the show stopper in a show being held in the land of my ancestors. This is the second time I am associated with Kingfisher. I was the Kingfisher Calendar model in 2013 earlier and am once again their model for 2015”, says Elena.
This is not Elena’s only association with Goa. Her other association with Goa is through her friend designer Wendell Rodricks, who according to her is her supporter and helps her professionally.
Elena has quite a multi-cultural background. Her mother is from South America. She was born and brought up in London. And today she shuttles between London, New York and Mumbai as she is trying her luck in Bollywood.
Is she made to feel like an outsider in Bollywood?
“No, on the contrary they are quite welcoming”, Elena says adding that she recently completed a film with veteran actor Naseeruddin Shah. She is not stopping at that she is also taking classes in Hindi and dance.
Along with her film career she is equally passionate about her modelling career. For her there is hardly any difference between modelling and acting.
“When you are a model you tend to act according to what the photographer says, you become a character. People say modelling is easy, but it is lot of hard work”, she says.
Busting myths associated with models, she says: “I like reading and don’t party so hard. I don’t drink or smoke. It is quite difficult to believe, but I am like that. I am quite focused about what I want in life.”