Why did you choose to be a model?
Just like any other form of art, modelling gives you the opportunity to represent a certain look and feel for the designer or brand. It allows you to express the mood of the shoot as well, just like acting. Also, this might sound superficial but modelling really forces one to take care of their appearance and fitness on a regular basis. I think that is a great thing.
What makes you different from your competitors?
I don’t see modelling as a competition. It’s just something I chose to do in life along with many other activities. I am selective about my work. My long-term image matters to me more, as opposed to reaching the top. I am also involved in behind-the-scenes work like styling, creative direction and post-production of fashion shoots so I go into modelling projects with a very different frame of mind. I always think about the finished product and conceptual aspects of the shoot which helps me determine what my body language and expressions should be like.
What inspires you?
People who start from scratch, work hard and make their place in the industry are inspirational stories. Other than that, I look for inspiration in my surroundings, be it fashion, music, nature, architecture or art.
Tell us about your personal style?
My personal style is a little minimal and a little urban — practical yet quirky. The tops can be loose but the jeans or trousers should fit well. I like basic cuts with a bit of an edge. If I wear prints, there should be something unique about them. I usually opt for simple button down shirts or tunics with a variety of trousers. Once in a while I accessorise with some unique vintage looking pendants or other jewellery.
The Superwoman Syndrome is the desire to do everything perfectly, without any time to yourself. What do you have to say about that?
You can’t really be Superwoman if you don’t give time to yourself. Yes, there are challenges and setbacks at times but in the long run everything falls into place if you prioritise well. The overall goal should be happiness, a balanced personality and good relationships. And having good relationships starts with being happy with oneself. Hence, taking care of yourself should be a top priority for most women.
What sparked your interest in the music industry and becoming a DJ?
My interest in music was something that came at a very early age. My first realisation of music as a concept was when I was two. I noticed my brother and a cousin make a beat by banging on a table and tried it myself and was fascinated by it. From then onwards, my interest kept evolving. I have been a live DJ for over 10 years now. I started in Dallas at a huge New Year’s Party. But dealing with the pressure of performing in front of such a large audience has helped me grow in other aspects of my life as well. It all ties in together.
How has doing what you do changed your life?
What I do is my life! I think seeing so many different aspects of the creative industry, be it acting, DJ-ing, styling or modelling has made me realise that there are so many different ideologies and personalities in the world. The beauty in life comes from coexisting amongst these differences but also inspiring yourself and others to change for the better along the way.
Any advice for aspiring female models?
Work hard, stay true to your goals, and never under-value yourself. Also, you should be confident in every look, no matter how experimental or odd it might be. Do your research so that you do not have to depend on anyone else. Most importantly, in the midst of all the glamour, don’t ever stop being a good person at heart!
Published in The Express Tribune, Ms T, November 2nd, 2014