They say nothing is an accident — everything happens for a reason. Indian model Arun Gupta, all of 20 years, was walking in the East Village area in New York City one day when he was approached by a casting director who asked him if he had ever thought about modelling. A bewildered Arun was handed over a business card and asked to drop by the agency the next day — and the rest is history.
The young model, who is half Singaporean and half Indian, has so far walked for Hugo Boss, Kenzo, Acne Studio, Fendi, Neil Barrett’s FW18 shows that have just taken place, as well as Louis Vuitton, Bottega Veneta, Margaret Howell and Sacai’s SS18 shows.
Arun made his debut with a SS18 lookbook for Kent and Curwen. “I still remember that shoot like (it was) yesterday; Yes, I was nervous but not extremely. The vibe of the shoot was athletic schoolboy, so we wore blazers, cricket sweaters, and chinos. Here I made some of my first friends in the industry and worked with some of fashion’s most creative and innovative talents, like Alister Mackie, Jess Hallett, and Daniel Kearns,” he recounts in an interview.
Before modelling, Arun was studying at a university in New York City. “I honestly have no idea what I want to do after this: I’m more focused on living in the present and creating happy memories. If I wasn’t modelling, I’d probably be at Uni,” he said.