Aman Pal is a fashion model, creating his own identity in the Industry. Coming from Kolkata, this young model is a strong-headed individual and is proud of his work. From his early teenage years, Aman always wanted to create art and be in the fashion business.
While he was studying, a photographer approached Aman for a shoot. The shoot was about body positivity and acne. It was about how people try to change one for having imperfections. From there, a new journey begins in Aman’s life.
“It was in 2018. There was a photographer, Arka Patra who approached me. He told me I look unique and thinks I can be a model for his project. He wanted to meet me. We did a proper test which was a shoot. Then, I did the actual shoot and loved the whole concept of that. I learned a lot of things while working with him. From him only, I learned how to pose and other essentials”.
After his first project, people started approaching Aman for creative shoots and some paid-up opportunities. From there, he started and soon did a shoot for a store, Dapper menswear in Kolkata, 2019. The storehouse has different brands. It was an opening for a menswear shoot that Aman did. It was a good opportunity for him. The shoot featured on Cosmopolitan, even his first shoot featured on the Cosmopolitan Magazine. Aman never thought to make it on the magazine. Therefore, it was an achievement for him to come to this far soo soon.
When Aman was 18, he started to explore fashion. He started to accept his sexual identity. Because of this, he was easily bullied in his school and college. He felt he did not belong there and was treated like an alien. Fashion for Aman is comfort. It is also about how one carries themselves with the statement. Further, he uses fashion to promote body positivity, confidence and to show people one can be comfortable in whatever they wear, feminine or masculine.
“I started using fashion as a medium to express myself. To show myself that I am not different. It is their views that are different. I am just the same like everyone else and wanted to make my point through my work. Therefore, I started to do more projects. That is how I got into fashion.
Gender is a societal construct and fashion is beyond that. There is nothing feminine or musculine for me. I want to break the stereotype. Therefore, I use fashion and my statement is to be comfortable. Also, as an artist I want to do it because fashion is also about being authentic. Furthermore, I believe in social causes on how society treats men. They thought we can only wear masculine and not feminine”.
Also, Aman considers fashion can be an educator to society too. He is uncomfortable about how models are made to look so perfect. He feels that the idea of being a model or an artist or whatever one wishes to is about being true to oneself. It is not about giving false inspirations to others. Whenever he does shoots, he tries to make sure that the makeup is minimal and as natural as it could be. The photographer keeps it simple and his flaws the way they are.
“I cannot be perfect. I do not want to change anything about myself. Moreover, I am proud of what I am. As an artist I will do projects but I will be authentic.
I want to change these these things. Further, I do not want people to look upto models or artists as perfectionist. Moreover, I believe it is not about beauty or body but about how unique one is as an individual. It is about how one is presenting their works. This is what I want to change. Also, I want to shatter the homophobic mindset of the society”.
Aman loves to wear bellbottoms. Especially in India bellbottoms are in trend and he would love to have more of it. The trend that he actually wants to dump off is the cheetah print and wants to go back from where it came from. Though, Aman loves floral print but not that much. They are too much for his eyes. Anything that is minimal and has a better statement of style is better than something that is very vibrant. Although, he loves the colorful outfit and has many printed shirts. But something that is too flashy and shiny, he does not like to put on. Talking about sustainability, Aman said,
“I would like to say that people should buy sustainable clothes. They should wear more sustainable clothes, reuse and recycle. We should buy less, consume less and buy the right thing.
I did one shoot in which the clothes were made out of crap. The designer made it out of the sustainable material and it was a recycable material. The outfit was beautiful. I would like to do more such shoots”.
Aman had done a lot of shoots and projects. He has worked for Bobo Calcutta, GKP optical, Kushal Chatterjee, and done some conceptual shoots too. His journey started with one of the best photographers in Kolkata. He would also like to mention and thank Surya Shekhar Biswas who is a stylist and art director. He has helped Aman and has always brought the best out of him and also to Neal Bhaumik, the photographer. Discussing his parental support, Aman revealed,
“When I started, my mother was extremely supportive of me. She knew from where I came. Normally, there is a stigma about fashion and people do not take it as a serious job. I hate how people do not take it seriously. So, when I started, I did not have a support of my father. But later on, the kind of work that I did, I was shocked myself that he started supporting me. He went hand in hand with me and used to admire my work on how I beat conceptual constructs of society. I was extremely proud to make him proud”.