Shamita Singha, the founder of The Refinery, has been a beauty queen herself and represented India at Miss Earth in 2001. After the pageant, she has been a successful model for over a decade. Today she grooms Miss India and Miss Diva pageant contestants and coaches them on public speaking and pageant Q&A.
PERSONALITY DEVELOPMENT Shefali Sood
After winning the crown of Miss Diva Supranational 2019 and representing India at Miss Supranational 2019, Shefali forayed into the world of pageant training as it is one of her many passions to help girls and women realise their potential and to be able to live their dreams! As she pursues a career in acting, she believes that we only get one life and we must make all of our dreams come true! And that is what she will be bringing to the refinery, her exceptional communication skills and the tools needed to become the best version of yourself.
RAMP WALK & PERSONAL STYLING Kavita Kharayat
Super Model Kavita Kharayat has been in the fashion industry since the last 20 years and has been a muse for all leading Indian designers, and a part of every Fashion week in the country. She has also walked the ramp for International Fashion Weeks like the Rome Fashion Week and Singapore Fashion Week. Simultaneously, Kavita has been styling various celebrities and supermodels for their shoots, movies and personal appearances.
Her work includes:
Fashion Director for Miss Supranational 2016 wardrobe.
Styling for Pune Times Fashion Week.
Styling for shows and shoots for designers: Kunal Rawal, Neeta Lulla, Provogue, Tanisha Mukherjee, Kushal Tandon, Schwarzkopf Essential Looks 2017 & 18, P1 Powerboat Racing show 2017, Barclays Fashion Show, and a Music Video for DJ Megha.
GROOMING AND MODEL TRAINING
Diandra Soares has been active in the field of modelling since the age of 16. In 1995, she was crowned Miss Bombay, and that helped her to get contracts from various leading fashion brands. She has walked the ramp for many Indian and international designers for over 2 decades and has been an extremely celebrated super model. Today she is an actress and a designer as well as trains young models to foray into the fashion world.
Clint has been working in the field for the past 15 years as an independent makeup artist and hair stylist. For ten years he worked extensively in Paris and New York on Fashion Weeks as well as some advertisements and editorials.
In Mumbai, he has been part of Lakme Fashion Week since its inception, and the India Fashion Week organized by the FDCI in New Delhi. Besides several Fashion Weeks, he has been part of numerous advertising campaigns for brands and also worked with many Bollywood actresses. He has trained Miss India winners in makeup and hair, including the reigning Miss World Manushi Chillar.
Sheefa Gilani is a celebrity stylist and a social media influencer by profession. She styled Miss World 2017 Manushi Chhillar as well as some Bollywood celebrities. A graduate from London College of Fashion, Sheefa and has previously worked with publications such as Vogue, MissMalini, Glamrs, Vogue, and L’Officiel.
Kromakay Hair Academy
KROMAKAY HAIR ACADEMY
With 25 years of professional experience, Kromakay has excelled in the art of hair and cuts and is well known in the industry as the leader in hair colour, having won several awards. Kromakay’s clientele includes celebrities from Bollywood and Hollywood.
MASTER CLASS TRAINERS
Vipul is a makeup professional and has been working in the Indian film and advertising industry for over 25 years. His experience is vast and includes regular work in fashion with all the biggest, as well as all the major fashion weeks of the country.
He is the go-to person for make up for many Bollywood and sports stars such as Aishwarya Rai, Asin, Genelia D'Souza, Preity Zinta, Juhi Chawla, Kajol, Sushmita Sen, Divya Dutta, Neetu Chandra, Shruti Hasan,Trisha, Neha Dhupia, Sania Mirza, Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Sachin Tendulkar and Yuvraj Singh. Vipul has also worked with International stars like Kylie Minogue and Elizabeth Hurley.
Bianca is one of the most highly regarded celebrity makeup artists on the beauty and fashion circuit today. Her signature look is best described as fresh, flawless and luminous skin, with an understated modern approach to beauty.
With her vast experience and expertise, she is regularly sought after for fashion shoots, shows, high profile destination weddings, advertising campaigns, and editorials, working alongside top Indian and international photographers. She is also the makeup and hair director for two of the most prestigious pageants in the country - Femina Miss India and Femina Miss Diva.
Eshaa has come a long way exploring fashion, from styling campaigns and TVCs for many fashion and lifestyle brands and magazines to being the fashion stylist for Bollywood stars such as Karishma Kapoor, Saif Ali Khan, Akshay Kumar, Lara Dutta, Chitrangada Singh, Amy Jackson, Varun Dhawan, and Alia Bhatt.
Shayal is a sought-after stylist in the glamour business with 15 years of experience. She is well known for styling reality shows and is also very popular with actors and celebrities. She now also produces ad films and music videos.
HAIR STYLING & PANELIST Loic Chapoix
Passionate, motivated and sought after hair stylist, Loic Chapoix began his career at Dessange Paris in Paris. He is now the creative art director for Dessange Paris, Mumbai. Renowned for his ability to create flawless hair transformations, Loic specializes in cuts and colour. He relies on traditional, tried and tested techniques to achieve modern, style forward, iconic looks.
After over 15 years of working in the luxury beauty industry, Loic has secured a place among India's best and most well-known hair stylists. He has collaborated on countless editorials and red carpet looks for celebrities, all of which showcase skill, talent, personality and attention to detail that Loic brings to every transformation.
Waluscha De Sousa
WALUSCHA DE SOUSA
Waluscha De Sousa hails from Goa and was discovered by ace designer Wendell Rodricks at the young age of 16. She went on to walk the ramp and subsequently took part in the Miss India Pageant and secured herself the title of Miss Body Beautiful.
Since then she has done music videos and TV commercials for mainstream brands like Pepsi, Hyundai, Loreal and Jaipur Jewels, but the ramp always remained her major passion. A supermodel who has walked for all the leading designers and graced every fashion and beauty magazine, she quickly became one of the favourite fashion faces.
In 2016 she made her movie debut opposite Shahrukh Khan in the film Fan and is awaiting her second movie release titled 'Time To Dance,' a Remo D'Souza and T-Series production with Sooraj Pancholi and Isabelle Kaif.
FITNESS, NUTRITION & WELLNESS Mickey Mehta
Mickey Mehta is an Indian holistic health, well-being, wellness, and fitness guru. He is a TV and radio presenter and a columnist in various publications and websites. He preaches the concept of holistic health and equipment free workouts by establishing a chain of Mickey Mehta Wellness Temples across Mumbai. The media often refer to Mickey Mehta as 'India's Leading Holistic Health Guru.'
Etiquette and grooming expert Rukshana Eisa is a celebrity in her own right. She is the head of Image Inc, a grooming school established by Birla Lifestyle, and also the Appearance Coordinator for Delta Airlines, and an official instructor at the Miss India training programme on etiquette.
Ash Chandler is a multitalented performer, and his journey is truly remarkable. A journey that has taken him across four continents with thousands of performances. He is not only India’s first English language standup comedian but also a singer, actor and a composer.
Ash is also seen in movies like Guzaarish, Shikhar, Mixed Doubles and My Bollywood Bride. He recently received rave reviews for his performance in Love Wrinkle Free, his first lead in a feature film.
On television, Ash was the popular host of the award-winning show The Man's World Show.
Deepti Gujral has been one of India’s leading supermodels for the past 18 years. She is every designer’s muse and has walked the runway and shot for several major campaigns in the country. Her strong presence in the industry has aspired and motivated a lot of young talent, who look forward to getting into the fashion and beauty business.
SMILE DESIGNER & PANELIST Dr. Sandesh Mayekar
DR. SANDESH MAYEKAR
Dr. Mayekar is a dental surgeon. Not just any dental surgeon, but a designer of smiles. If the million-dollar smiles had anything to do with Miss India winning the Miss World and the Miss Universe titles it is due to the fine job of Smile Designing done by Dr. Sandesh Mayekar. For the last 20 years, he has been committed to his ‘creative work.’ A dynamic, talented visionary he has introduced aesthetic and cosmetic dentistry to India by launching the ‘Academy for Aesthetic and Cosmetic Dentistry.’ He has an unquenching desire to learn and teach and devotes his energy and valuable time to update and educate the dental professional in the country and abroad.
* Any 2 master classes per course, depending upon availability.
The Grooming PANEL
HAIR CUT & COLOUR
Kanta Motwani is a born hair stylist. She kick-started her career at a very young age with the prestigious Nalini & Yasmin’s salon in Mumbai. She started her first salon in 2001. The major success of this outlet inspired her to open KROMAKAY - a flagship salon in Juhu Mumbai in 2004. She now has four salons in great locations across Mumbai. She also has exclusive tie-ups with international hotels like JW Marriott and The Westin.
Her Clients include Abhishek Bachchan, Aishwariya Rai, Sushmita Sen, Preity Zinta, Hrithik Roshan, Suzanne Khan, Priyanka Chopra, Kunal Kapoor, Arjun Rampal, Mehr Rampal, Pooja Bhatt, Diana Hayden, Milind Soman, Rani Mukherji, Madhuri Dixit, and Dimple Kapadia, besides top runway models.
Dr. Harshna Bijlani AgeLess Clinic
DR. HARSHNA BIJLANI
Dr. Harshna started The AgeLess Clinic ten years ago with the purpose of introducing the latest international aesthetic treatments from the West to Mumbai. In a short period of time, she has built an enviable client list of over 80% of Mumbai’s top celebrities, supermodels, and thousands of satisfied clients. She has been recognized by Vogue Magazine as the “Skin Expert of the Year” – the industry’s most prestigious award and has also won the award for the #1 Ultherapy Treatment Provider in India. Dr. Harshna, Medical Head of The AgeLess Clinic is regularly interviewed and quoted in leading publications such as Vogue, L’Officiel and Femina, to name a few.
Dr. Rashmi Shetty
DR. RASHMI SHETTY
Dr. Rashmi Shetty is a dermatologist with a focused aesthetic practice, an international speaker and a key opinion leader. She is on the scientific boards of prestigious world Derm and aesthetic forums and is also on the panels of corporates like Unilever and P&G.