Coming from an Asian household my parents always wanted me to acquire a profession and not just get a job. After they realised that I hated the sight of blood and injections, becoming a Doctor was out, and my Maths was horrendous so following my Father’s footsteps as an Accountant was out too. I decided I loved to talk, so from the age of around six, I said I wanted to become an Air hostess, fashion designer, teacher and then a journalist. However my parents were very specific-they wanted me to get into a ‘stable’ profession.

I worked in loads of places from the House of Commons, Welsh Assembly, financial institutions, retail outlets and even TV Channels. However that constant draw from the media never died down — in fact it increased with every passing year. When I decided to take the plunge, my parents thought I had gone crazy. They couldn’t fathom why I would throw away my stable banking job for a ‘whimsical’ stint in the media.

According to the Guardian, the top 10 career choices include: Model: 32%, Actress: 29%, Teacher: 28%, Lawyer: 24%, Journalist: 24%, Musician: 20%, Doctor: 20%, Beautician/ Hairdresser: 20%, Scientist: 14%, Housewife: 12%, Engineer: 4%

A whopping 32% of young girls surveyed by the Guardian said they wanted to become a Model, which is enormous compared to 12% who wanted to become a housewife. Many young women aspire to become the next Kim Kardashian or Aishwarya Rai because they love the glitz, glamour and lifestyle that come with the job. However, very rarely do we touch upon those issues that many face when wanting to become the next top model.

I was delighted to meet with Nina Manuel on Zee Companion, who talked about how important it was to have an education to ensure that everyone had a back-up plan. She talked about all aspects of the industry including the ‘racism’ that many dark models encounter in their plight to make it in the industry. But one thing was clear, if you are dedicated and determined you can succeed!