Engineering a new career in fashion

If Vishnu Mohandas Chempankulam’s face looks familiar, you may remember him from the days when he worked at a 7-Eleven store in Werribee.

Or, keen-eyed fashionistas might better recognise him from the catwalk or fashion photo shoots.

Mr Chempankulam spent two years working at the 7-Eleven while he was studying a masters in engineering at university in Geelong.

Before he came to Australia about five years ago to further his studies, Mr Chempankulam  modelled for an Indian television channel.

Once he arrived in Australia, a friend referred him to a modelling agency.

From there, Mr Chempankulam has starred in campaigns for the HisNHersCo range of Aaina Eyewear sunglasses, One Life clothing and other brands.

He has also appeared on the catwalk for Cupid’s Millinery, appeared in the Bohemian Rhapsody Club and Online Magazine, been in a music video and acted as an MC at cultural events.

“Mainly I like meeting great new people, making new connections and introducing people who are passionate to the industry and helping them,” he said. 

“Modelling was a bit difficult to start with, but when you get some professional experience and the photographers tell you what to do, it gets easier.”

Mr Chempankulam said his experience had tweaked an interest in acting, fashion and hairstyles.