Diana Penty quits ramp for Bollywood!


By Hindustan Times

In 2009, Diana Penty achieved a major milestone in her modelling career when she was made an official rampwalker at the New York Fashion Week. Besides the Big Apple, the Indian model has also walked the ramp in Paris. But now, as she readies for a Bollywood debut with Cocktail, she has decided to bid farewell to the ramp.

“I want to concentrate completely on films. And now that I am into it (Bollywood) in a big way, it makes sense to focus on it fully,” says Diana, who has also been the face of high-fashion website Bluefly, luxury store Neiman Marcus and brands such as Forever 21 and Nordstrom.

“I’d rather do one or the other (films or modelling), and do it well, by giving it my best shot. That’s the way to go about it. Also, if films are my focus and, hopefully things work out, then it will keep me really busy,” she adds with a smile. But what if an enticing offer comes along, to walk at New York Fashion Week for a big designer? “It really depends on the situation and offer, but honestly I haven’t thought of it,” says Diana with a laugh.

The Mumbai girl had also replaced her Cocktail co-star Deepika Padukone as the brand ambassador of Maybelline. We wonder if the two talked about it on the sets? “Not at all. It didn’t even come up. We share a great rapport,” she says.

Perhaps, that’s why there have been no stories of catfights (or link-ups) about Diana. “It’s true,” she laughs. “I don’t think I give people a reason to (write such things).”

About the film, Diana says she has gone all out to play the role of a traditional Delhi girl. “I went to Delhi for a crash course to understand the way of life, people and culture. I went to Khalsa College, besides a couple of schools and to Gurudwara Bangla Sahib. I also went to some Punjabi households, chatted with the families and had meals with them. And, not to forget, I ate chaat on the streets of Delhi,” says Diana.

Vital stats
* Priyanka Chopra
* Aishwarya Rai Bachchan
* Bipasha Basu
* Deepika Padukone
* Anushka Sharma
* John Abraham
* Arjun Rampal

* Sushmita Sen
* Dia Mirza
* Diana Hayden
* Simran Kaur Mundi
* Mugdha Godse
* Rajneish Duggal
* Shayan Munshi
* Milind Soman