Ex-supermodel begging on the streets

Riches to Rags. This is kind of touching and amusing. Is this what one gets at the top of the ladder in the glamor world or is this just another example of a really screwed up lifestyle? Is Geetanjali another victim of the dark secrets of the celebrity society or is she just our Indian version of Britney Spears?

[New Delhi] It’s a riches to rags story of Geetanjali Nagpal, a former super model who once walked the ramp with Sushmita Sen, but today is forced to lead a desolate life on the streets of Delhi.

She now dresses in shabby clothes and begs for scraps for a living. Some NGOs and the Delhi Commission for Women have now offered her help.

Daughter of a navy officer, Geetanjali studied at Mount Carmel School in Delhi and later graduated from Lady Sriram College. Little is known about the former model’s personal life and the circumstances that led to her ruin. However, sources say she lost assignments and got into drugs to cope with stress.

Geetanjali studied fashion designing at South Delhi Polytechnic and ventured into modeling in 1990. She was living-in with a British man in Goa until recently.

“Its actually very shocking to hear something like this and to witness it. I have been here for almost a decade now. There have been models here before me and I haven’t seen anybody’s life being staked like this,” says former model Mehr Bhasin. “It’s really unfortunate. But don’t blame the modeling world for it. It could be the people she met, the circumstances she went through,” she adds.

Geetanjali’s parents, who live in Delhi’s Lajpat Nagar area, have disowned her, sources told CNN-IBN. When contacted, they said, they would only accept her back if she gave up drugs and went into a rehab to be a “refined human being”.

[ Source: IBNLive ]

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