International model Lakshmi Menon was studying sociology at Bangalore University, India, when she decided to pursue modelling. After modelling in India for several years, she began her international career in 2006 after Jean Paul Gaultier saw her work in an Indian magazine while looking for an Indian model to walk in his Chanel show in Paris. She then walked for Hermes, and was featured in French Vogue editorial for the first time in October 2008, after her Milan show for La Perla. Since then Laxmi has been part of a number of international ad campaigns for brands such as J. Crew, Max Mara, Givenchy and for retail giants such as Bergdorf Goodman. In 2011 she became the first Indian model to be featured in the prestigious Pirelli calendar.