Saira Mohan Interview – A Supermodels Perspective on Dating
“Conversation with Supermodel & Author Saira Mohan”
Jasbina Ahluwalia interviews Saira Mohan
A few topics Saira Mohan addresses in this interview are:
Saira Mohan has enjoyed great success working in the international fashion world, having walked the runways for designers such as Chanel, Karl Lagerfeld, Calvin Klein, Valentino and Victoria’s Secret. She’s been featured on covers, interviewed and in fashion spreads for publications such as Marie Claire, Mademoiselle, Glamour, Vogue, Elle, GQ, Maxim, Allure and Cosmopolitan.
Although successful for many years prior in New York City, she was launched into international fame in 2003 after Newsweek put her on their cover with the headline, “The Perfect Face.”
Saira made her Bollywood debut with a film, which was a huge success internationally and which in the US, became the highest grossing Indian film of all time. Saira Mohan is the wife and mother of two young boys.
She’s been an invited speaker at several World Economic Forums and has completed studies at the Graham School in Business and Entrepreneurship at the University of Chicago.
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(00:48): Hello everyone and welcome to Intersections Match’s Talk Radio, a monthly holistic lifestyle show focused on the continual evolution into the best versions of our authentic selves. We and our guests discuss relationships and health and wellness, each of which contributes to meaningful and fulfilling lives. This is Jasbina, your host. I’m a former practicing lawyer and the Founder of Intersections Match, the only elite national personalized matchmaking company focused on singles of South Asian descent nationwide in the US.
I’m very excited to welcome author and fellow dating coach, Saira Mohan to our show tonight. Saira has enjoyed great success working in the international fashion world, having walked the runways for designers such as Chanel, Karl Lagerfeld, Calvin Klein, Valentino and Victoria’s Secret. She’s been featured on covers, interviewed and in fashion spreads for publications such as Marie Claire, Mademoiselle, Glamour, Vogue, Elle, GQ, Maxim, Allure and Cosmopolitan.
Although successful for many years prior in New York City, she was launched into international fame in 2003 after Newsweek put her on their cover with the headline, “The Perfect Face.” Saira made her Bollywood debut with a film, which was a huge success internationally and which in the US, became the highest grossing Indian film of all time.
Saira Mohan is the wife and mother of two young boys. She’s been an invited speaker at several World Economic Forums and has completed studies at the Graham School in Business and Entrepreneurship at the University of Chicago. On a personal level, I met Saira while moderating a NetIP conference panel she sat on and was struck by how warm and down-to-earth she is. Welcome, Saira.
(2:27): Thank you, Jasbina. It’s great to be with you.
(2:30): It’s a pleasure to have you. Given the holistic nature of the show, I thought our listeners would love to learn of your insights regarding relationships and health and wellness as flavored by your unique experiences and influences, both culturally and professionally.
I found it interesting to learn that you wrote an ebook entitled How to Seduce and Marry the Woman of Your Dreams. What prompted you to write this book in the first place?
(2:58): Being a model and traveling around the globe on your own leads itself to journal writing. It’s something that I’ve always done and that I continue to do. I write avidly in my journals about my life experiences. That’s essentially how and where the content for this book came from. It was a collaboration of all of my experiences that I had written down over the course of my many single years globetrotting.
Then I finally did meet “the one.” I settled down, got married and found myself to have all of this very interesting information inside these journals that I had written. I felt like it was good information that I could do something with that would be very helpful to others to understand and know about. That’s where it was sparked.
Men Hunt on Dating Scene
(4:21): I’m sure we all have crazy, funny stories. There’s no question.
One thing that I found to be very prevalent was the fact that it was difficult to meet people.
It’s really hard to be at the right place at the right time and then, once you’re there, to be open to it. I was caught off guard in lines at airports by single men who dropped a line or two like, “Hey, are you flying alone? Do you want to fly with me?”
They were cheesy pickup lines.
Women Want Intellect in a Man
(7:11): I was leading into the top tips for single men out there.
One is to be prepared to seize an opportunity when you find someone that holds your interest.
Do you have any suggestions for men on how to go about doing that or what kind of experiences they should give the woman that they’re interested in pursuing?
(7:51): I think it’s totally relative to the person.
- It has to be something that the person is interested in and can speak about, like a great book or experience.
- It should be something that they own and can hold as their own, depending on their personality and interests. They should be able to enlighten a girl about something she knows nothing about. It could really be anything.
Elaborating on Women Want Intellect in a Man.
Women Ready To Date: Getting Started
(9:33): They need to come from a place of authenticity and not pretend to be someone else.
Women are looking for a level of emotional security with a guy. I think men look for that with women, too.
What about the single women out there who are really interested in meeting their special someone?
They’re in a place in their lives where they’re ready. Do any tips come to mind for them?
(10:09): I think the best thing that a woman can do if she’s more than ready and waiting for “the one” is to really forget about “the one,” as ironic as that may sound, and to focus on herself.
Elaborating on Women Ready To Date: Getting Started.
Bollywood Love Stories Are Seductive
(11:18): I think that is pretty magnetic to guys.
We have the tradition of arranged marriages.
That is on one hand and the tradition of arranged marriage is on the other. Do you have any thoughts on that?
(12:02): I think it’s funny. You can never take what’s depicted in films seriously. It’s such a play on our existence.
Elaborating on Bollywood Love Stories Are Seductive.
Intercultural Marriage Does Work
As the daughter of a French-Irish mother and Punjabi father, as well as the wife of an American gentleman, what kind of insights can you share with our listeners regarding intercultural marriages?
(13:29): Evolution comes to mind.
I think the melting and melding of cultures is what will sustain our growth as Homo sapiens. This is what we’re meant to do.
Elaborating on Intercultural Marriage Does Work.
(15:40): I mentioned that we have a holistic show. Our themes tend to be relationships and health and wellness. From your experiences in the modeling industry, do you have any insights or thoughts regarding health and wellness?
(16:04): I think, especially with the whole image factor that comes along with the industry that I’m in, it’s really important to have your measurements maintained. The only way to do that is to stay active and have a well-balanced, calorie restricted diet. It’s heavier on the fluids than on the carbohydrates. You have to stay active. You need to have a good, healthy diet.
You need a good ritual of yoga practice or something that allows you to sweat every day. Whatever that is for you, you need to sweat every day. I think that if you’re able to do that, you will always maintain a healthy lifestyle.
(17:00): Would you like to share with our listeners any of the projects that you’re currently working on? Is there anything that comes to mind that you’d like to share?
(17:14): There is definitely a big thing on my plate currently along with the modeling. I’m in a transition of sorts. I’ve invested in some information technology that a firm is currently being built around. I’m not really at liberty to discuss it since we’re in the midst of the startup. That’s something completely new and exciting that I’ve been working on for quite a few years now. It’s just coming to fruition as we speak. Maybe there will be more to talk about down the road.
(17:51): That’s wonderful. Best wishes with that. I really appreciate you sharing your insights with us, Saira. They’ve been very interesting. I’m wondering if there is any last thought or take-home message that you’d like to leave our listeners with. It could be about relationships, health and wellness or anything from a holistic perspective.
(18:18): I have three simple words for all of our listeners. Just do it. No matter what it is, just do it. If you want to do something, if you think maybe you should do something but you’re not sure, you have a doubt, you know you should but you don’t feel like it, whatever it may be, if you know you have inkling that it’s right to do, just do it. Do what’s good for you. Don’t think twice about it. You will learn from any mistakes you make. You just have to do it. That’s it.
(18:55): I love to end on empowerment. That’s excellent. I’d like to thank Saira Mohan for joining us today. It’s been a pleasure. In case you joined us late or would like to share this show with people in your life, I’d like to remind you that today’s radio show will be archived and available as a podcast on Intersections Match’s website, which is www.IntersectionsMatch.com.
I can be reached email@example.com. I appreciate you hanging out with us. Do email me with topics you’d like discussed in future shows. Make sure to join us for next month’s show. Goodnight, everyone.
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