Dance has always been an integral part of Slesha Patel’s life. Her mother, an accomplished dancer and Bollywood actress, ignited Slesha’s passion for the performing arts. She began dancing professionally at the age of 9, without any organized lessons, and performed at many community events through the years. Being on stage was a perfect segue into modeling as she caught the attention of photographers and scouts who eventually helped launch her modeling career at the age of 15.
While walking the runway in the West 18th Street Fashion Show in 2014 with a different agency, Slesha met Hoffman’s Agency Director, Cara Price. After doing her research, she quickly realized that she needed to make a positive change and enrolled at Hoffman International. She has landed bookings with 435 Magazine, Project Runway designer Laura Kathleen, and EA Bride magazine, to name a few. Wanting to take full advantage of everything that was presented to her outside of the Kansas City market as well, she seized the opportunity to participate in AMTC with Hoffman during the summer of 2015 in Orlando, Florida. Not allowing her 5’5” frame to deter her modeling success, she walked tall and confident on their national stage and, consequently, received an impressive 17 callbacks from fashion, commercial and acting agencies across the country. She earned the coveted Overall Female Lifestyle award and was named the Most Stylish model at AMTC. Despite her height, it was her confidence, beauty, and phenomenal runway presence that enabled her to meet with so many top modeling agencies. She firmly believes that if you are good at what you do, you can make it in this industry.
Although she is extremely passionate about modeling and has no plans of walking away, Slesha is very focused on her career. Upon graduation from UMKC, where she earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology with Minors in Chemistry and Spanish, Slesha opted to combine her interests in healthcare and involvement in leadership roles. She is currently attending John Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland and is slated to earn her Masters in Healthcare Administration in May 2017.
As an Administrative Resident in the Department of Medicine at John Hopkins, Slesha credits Hoffman for the invaluable life lessons she learned during her courses that have carried over into her professional endeavors. She is forever grateful that Hoffman has impacted her life in countless positive ways. Praising her AMTC experience as the best week of her life, she eagerly states she would do it again in a heartbeat and has no qualms of relocating if she is signed with another agency. As much as she enjoys traveling – Slesha has visited 39 countries and counts Barcelona, Spain and the Galapagos Islands as her favorite vacation destinations– she is excited to see where modeling and her career will take her. Slesha is beautiful, friendly, confident …a “model” model who handles balancing everything in her life so effortlessly. The Hoffman staff is incredibly proud of Slesha and knows that wherever she lands, she will make it a more beautiful place.