India was shot exclusively for MODELS.com by Alexander Meininger, with styling by Karina Tanabe Jones, with hair by Yuko Aoi, and makeup by Michaela Fiedler. Thanks to Josie Crawley.

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Name:
India Rose Ruiterman

Agency:
Elite London (London)

Age:
18 (woohoo!)

Height:
182 cm (5’11.5″)

Instagram:
@indiaruiterman – give it a follow :)

Place of Origin:
Nottingham in the East Midlands, UK

Ethnic Origin:
1/2 British and 1/2 a Dutchie

Birthsign:
Sagittarius

How discovered:
Me and my sister went to see Beyonce (for my 3rd time – slightly obsessed…) in Birmingham and we had queued all day with our deck chairs to get to the front and then a woman came up from behind me and I automatically presumed she was asking about how to join the queue or something but she asked me if I was interested in modelling! Obviously I was like UM YES and the scout took a couple of photos but I couldn’t keep a straight face because I was smiling so much! BEST day ever – scouted and then 2 metres from Beyonce all in one night!

Favorite things:
I really enjoy going on adventures like hiking or exploring a forest – I like tomboy outdoor activites (my dad always used to call me a ‘mountain goat’ because I love hiking up mountains on holiday!). I love to cook/bake too, it’s almost like therapy and I always bake when i’m bored of studying. An item i cant live without? Almond butter – life ain’t worth living without it.

What are you listening to at the moment?
I’m really loving Mura Masa and Nao right now. My friend always shows me good songs and I’ve now discovered Bryson Tiller – Don’t, which I love.

Favorite movie, tv show:
Clueless is a classic but ‘Untouchable’ is just incredible – if you haven’t seen it, you NEED to. I’m addicted to Impractical Jokers on comedy central – I need a friend like that to pull pranks with in my life.

Favorite designer, fragrance or beauty product:
I’m obsessed with Moschino, it’s just awesome and never disappoints. Givenchy is one of my favourites, I have so much respect for Riccardo Tisci. My signature fragrance is Marc Jacobs Daisy, I love fragrances that are fresh and light. I’m really rubbish with my skin routine and make-up – a make-up artist once told me off for using make-up wipes so now I always use Bioderma Hydrabio H20 to remove my make-up. I never use foundation – always Bobbie Brown tinted moisturiser to keep my skin fresh! It’s so much lighter on your skin.

What would you be doing if you weren’t modeling?
Right now I’m still in my final year of school doing my A-levels but if I wasn’t modelling I would be going to Uni in September or travelling the world – I’m desperate to travel India. After my modelling career I want to set up my own business, I already have a fab idea that I want to pursue (my Dad definitely passed on his entrepreneurial genes to me!).

What’s something uncool that you love anyway?
My Mum. She tries… <3 Favorite modeling experience so far?
I had so much fun walking for Ashish. The vibe backstage is amazing, everyone is always dancing in the line up and you’re allowed to have fun on the runway!

What’s the best thing about your hometown/country?
Fields, cows and fresh air – you can’t find that in London.

Which brand would you really love to model for?
If I walked for Chanel, Fendi or Givency then I will die happy.

Place you would love to visit:
India. I love how different the culture is there and there are so many beautiful places in India that would be criminal to die without seeing.

Currently you’re obsessed with/about:
Astrology signs – everything I read about my star sign is scarily accurate.

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