Name: Kalham Amor
Location: Dallas, Texas, USA
Photographer: Derrick Bias
1. What inspired you to get into this industry?
I always loved being in front of the camera and I always wanted to become a model since I was young. People kept telling me I should try modeling and that I'm photogenic, but sadly, I never grew to be 5'8" so I thought I'd give glamour modeling a shot! I didn't want to give up on my dreams and wanted to inspire others to follow their dreams so I went for it! I ultimately want to become an actress and I wanted to use modeling as a base for it. I'm truly blessed to be able to call this my career!
2. How long have you been modeling?
I have been modeling for almost 2 years! It'll be 2 years in July 2017.
3. Who is your favorite model?
My favorite model is Padma Lakshmi! She is an inspiration to me because she was one of the first Indian supermodels!
4. Were you always comfortable in your own skin and in front of the camera?
While I always loved the camera, I actually wasn't always comfortable in my own skin. I used to wear a sweatshirt every day to school until I graduated high school and I wasn't even comfortable in a bikini until I was 20. I realized by then I had to get over my insecurities if I wanted to pursue my dream so I slowly got over them. I realized nudity is a natural thing and that I shouldn't be ashamed of my body in its natural state just because nudity is sexualized!
5. Did you have any mentors who really helped mold and guide you?
A photographer by the name of Bobby (BJ Photography) in Mississippi actually helped me a lot! He taught me about marketing and how to look for quality in photographers so that really helped with my career. I had no idea what I was doing before then, and I wasn't comfortable shooting nudes til Bobby helped me change how I view nudity.
6. Do you have any tips for aspiring models in the industry?
I have a lot of aspiring models reach out to me all the time, and I tell them marketing is everything! Knowing your genre, sticking to your genre, staying consistent, and ONLY posting your best work is key to succeeding as a model! There are plenty of beautiful girls out there, but if they work with photographers who aren't good, they won't succeed.
7. Do you have a WTF moment at a shoot?
I've had a few, but the most recent one was when I was shooting for a swimwear line and we had the idea of posing on a small tire pool float. They suggested that I sit in it and when I tried getting on it, I fell straight in!
8. What are some of the biggest revelations you've discovered through modelling?
I struggle with clinical depression so it's really difficult being in an industry that's so competitive and crazy. I realized that I had to choose what I truly wanted, and that I would rather pursue my dreams and goals even if it meant that my mental health would take a hit. I took a break from modeling for a while to focus on my mental health only to realize that I couldn't live without chasing my dreams and that giving up on my dreams was hurting me even more.
9. Tell us something random about yourself.
I'm obsessed with the hug emoji! I think it's so adorable, and every time I see it, it makes me smile. I use the hug emoji in the majority of the texts I send because a text without the hug emoji is an incomplete text to me! I know some people may perceive it as flirting, but after reading this, I hope they realize that I just have an obsession with the hug emoji!
10. What are you most proud of?
I'm most proud of having an interview featured with Playboy Italy! I love Playboy, and I aspire to have more features with Playboy international editions!
11. When it's all said and done, what do you want to be remembered as?
I want to be remembered as the Indian model and actress who broke boundaries and changed the stereotype but also had a message behind her art. I truly do want to inspire others to pursue their dreams, regardless of the obstacles, while also using my platform to raise awareness about causes important to me such as mental health awareness and anti-bullying!
Anything else you'd like to add?
I recently did a nude photobook named "Kalham Sutra" with Sean Pozin that will be released soon! It's pretty controversial since Indian culture is rather conservative and the book's theme revolves around tying in elements of Indian mythology, Indian Goddesses, and Indian culture into nude art photography.