LSG initiated wellness Circle with 3 expert panellists Ms Vandana Luthra, founder of VLCC, a Padmasree awardee, Dr. Mickey Mehta, holistic health Guru and Ms. Nayanika Chatterjee, a Grooming consultant and former Super model, moderated by Ms Nilanjana Chakraborty, noted media personality.
Entrepreneur Vandana Luthra revolutionised the concept of beauty and wellness in India with VLCC. It was started as a wellness centre in in 1989 and now has evolved into an empire. She didn’t have enough money but her zeal and faith in herself overshadowed everything else. She took a small loan and started operating from a salon and there was no looking back. She advocated scientific method for health and wellness treatment. She advises DNA test for weight management, consulting nutritionist for healthy diet, and skin test before applying any beauty products for best results. She says wellness is a larger domain and requires collaboration of beauty, health and fitness experts that is a cosmetologist, a nutritionist and a doctor.
Her VLCC family, her clients and the love of her family keeps her motivated, she says.
Dr. Mickey Mehta mesmerised the audience with his inspiring talk on wellness.. He says 95% of our genes are indeterministic, while only 5% are deterministic, so since 95% are indeterministic they can be changed with conscious intervention and intelligent ways of life. You can change the ways genes will be expressed. He highlights the importance of Deep breathing. His message is to get naturalised, get energised, get optimised, get maximised – get mickymized.
Noyonika spoke about the vowel mantra that she lives by and tries to impart to her students who are mostly aspiring models.She spoke about each vowel and what it meant to her–A for awareness and acceptance,E for energy and enthusiasm, I for selfdiscovery–learning to identify one’s own strengths and weaknesses, O for learning to reach out and empathise with others and U for developing one’s powers of understanding.She said she always advised those who came to her, against aping other supermodels, but to try to forge their own path, because each one of them is an individual and not a clone of any famous person.She also spoke of some of the misconceptions about drugs and alcohol being a part of a professional model’s life. She felt there was more of this in other professions, especially among the younger generation. She said a model knew that her face and figure were the tools of her trade and she had to follow a healthy lifestyle, have disciplined hours, eat right to maintain and bring out the best as far as looks went. As it is,a model’s career was a shortlived one,fraught with uncertainty and intense competition. She was asked if she had faced racism, given that she was ‘dusky’ unlike most ‘fair and lovely’professional models. She admitted that she had,even as a child,but her parents were always very proud and supportive and that gave her the confidence to ignore unkind remarks from outsiders .Her father called her ‘black gold’–a very rare and expensive form of gold. She also said that she learned,quite early to develop her talents,like painting,making others laugh and things like that so that outsiders,who met her,would focus on those,rather than her dark complexion.She said she said gardening helped her to destress.