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TCD Exclusive Interview: BEST Band Launch Bodies – Mikhail Ragoonanan

TCD Exclusive Interview: BEST Band Launch Bodies – Mikhail Ragoonanan

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Mikhail Ragoonanan

Fitness Trainer/Gym Owner

When did you start off your modelling career?

After being on season 3 of “The Synergy Tv Supermodel” reality show and competition which I placed second. I believe this was in 2009 but I could be wrong.

Who/What inspires you to become a better at your craft?

What inspires me is the opportunities that make life exciting and fun. I love meeting new people, traveling and having fun. For example, modeling has taken me to different countries on numerous jobs including Jamaica, Bahamas, New York and even Chile!


What do you do apart from modelling?

Apart from modeling I have my own studio-gym where I  train and help people to improve their overall health and wellness thus increasing their quality of life. I just wish everyone could feel the way I do. Also I am an amateur boxer so I  have a very rigorous training routine.

What are your diet and fitness routines like in order to maintain your physique?

I train 6 days a week, 2-3 hours per day. Start with running 4 to 5 miles in the morning, then technical boxing training in the afternoon followed by strength and conditioning 2 to 3 days a week consisting of a lot of high intensity, constantly varied, functional movements. Which is CrossFit style workouts consisting of weightlifting and gymnastic movements at a very high intensity. On the diet side, i try to stick to whole food or natural foods. Meats, nuts, fruits, vegetables and provisions are the staple in my diet however once in a while I tend to indulge in the sweet side of life and dig into some ice cream or chocolate.

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What genre/s of music do you enjoy listening to the most while working out?

I am a big fan of Hip-Hop music.

Who is your favourite Soca Artist (Male/Female)?

Its either between Machel Montano and Kees but I  have to go with Machel. He is too much of an icon and has really put effort in developing soca as a respected genre all around the world creating unique sounds and cross over appeal.

Band launching season is right around the corner, which band/s are you excited to see launch?

I can’t wait to see what all the band have been working on, especially Harts cause I know every year they always impress.

Mikhail Ragoonanan Harts

Which band launch runway will you grace this season?
I will be at a few since my business has me on some time constraints. Definitely, Harts and a few others,Ii’m really not sure at the moment.

What is the craziest thing you’ve seen or experienced backstage in preparation for taking the stage?

Nothing crazy really comes to mind but I guess the craziest thing is sometimes being part of a group of models trying to change quickly to go back out onto the runway, running around naked or half naked.
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Which band do you enjoy modelling for the most?

I had so much fun at many band launches, including Tribe, Yuma and Fantasy but I think Harts tops the list.

Do you think models are paid enough to model costumes at band launches?

No, that is why this is just a hobby for me because if this was full time I would be broke. The amount of time spent does not reflect in a respectable payment.
Being one of the more popular faces in the modelling scene does this give you home court advantage against the newbies?
Of course it does, once your face is out there and you have a good personality you develop a good relationship with the bands however in this cut throat business any “newbie” can sweep in and take the job.
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Is there a signature move you do on the runway especially for Carnival to try and ” sell the costume” to the audience?

No I  don’t, it just depends on which costume or theme I  am portraying because they all are different.

What advice would you give to someone seeking to become a model, especially in the carnival fraternity?

Ensure your body is in top condition, very lean, well muscled and proportionate. Also your skin needs to be as good as it can be, confidence is key and you must have a very friendly and likable personality.
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Which band are you playing with for Carnival 2014?

Harts! I have been playing with them for 7 years now.

What’s next for Mikhail?

A lot of things are in store, growing my business within the next 2 years is just one of many. Stay tuned, cause I have many tricks up my sleeve.
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