Exclusive Interview With Model Safa Mirza
Josephine from Punjab2000 get’s an exclusive chat with Saudi based, Model,
Nail Artist and all round multi-talented, Safa Mirza.
Born & raised in born and raised in Jeddah, (Saudi Arabia), where she currently still lives, Safa’s when not modeling is a journalist & executive editor in a PR firm
JOSEPHINE: Modeling for brands such as: Harvey Nicholas, Marc by Marc Jacobs, Stella Mc Cartney, Christopher Kane, and Emma Cook… Do you have any dream assignments or designers you’d like to model for on your bucket list?
SAFA: Working for Harvey Nichols was a dream come true! The Fashion Industry in Middle East is quite diverse & holds its own touch of tradition & heritage. I am satisfied with the designers I’ve been able to work within these past 2 years.
JOSEPHINE: What do you hope to achieve in your modeling career?
SAFA: As they say, “Man is greedy in nature”. This saying does really apply to every profession. Each time I reach a milestone I seem to go overboard & set a rather unrealistic one. So far, I’ve been lucky 🙂 But I would love to work in Dubai as a professional model & gain some International exposure as well as experience.
JOSEPHINE: How would you describe your personal style? Which designer(s) do you feel help represent your personal style?
SAFA: If I had to pick 1 designer that I could wear for a lifetime then I would blindly go for Dolce & Gabbana! But I am a sucker for high-low dresses paired with stilettos. I like to dress simple & casual with a pop of elegance.
JOSEPHINE: Do you keep a strict diet and workout regime to help you stay in shape? What are some tips you can share for working out and healthy eating?
SAFA: To be very honest, I am more on the curvy side. And what’s good about working as a Freelance Model is that I don’t get criticized about my weight. However, I do watch what I eat & try to consume more of healthy food intake. I am a firm believer in portion control; I like to divide my meals so that I can have a little at a time to avoid over-eating.
JOSEPHINE: Has modeling always appealed to you growing up as a child? What attracted you to the world of fashion?
SAFA: As a girl, I’ve naturally been drawn towards pursuing Modeling as every child is deemed with the perfect-Barbie image would. By the time I was in High school I’ve had many friends who had suggested me to get into modeling. At the age of 18, I was fortunate enough to be noticed & was chosen as a Runway model for LUX Beauty Gallery with Joelle Mardinian.
JOSEPHINE: How did you get your start in modeling, and what has been your biggest challenge thus far?
SAFA: I’ve mentioned a part of it in my previous answer. Referring to that; I had been called for casting after I sent a few amateur head shots along with a couple other pictures. The modeling agency was looking for models for Lux Fashion Show. I was selected 2 hours after my casting shoot & the next thing I knew was that I was traveling within the next few days for a Runway Show with LUX 🙂
JOSEPHINE: How or what has helped you overcome your fears and get you through difficult times as a model?
SAFA: As a child, I’ve always been camera shy & had a very difficult time growing up because of my introvert personality. Adding to that; I also suffered from stage fright or rather anxiety which was hard to tackle with. It took a lot of courage & a couple of shoots to regain my calm; now I am more of myself while shooting 🙂
JOSEPHINE: Is the Industry as you expected?
SAFA: The Fashion industry in Middle East is quite different than elsewhere. Every country comes with its own package of Pros & Cons. The positive side is that I don’t have to let go of my modesty.
JOSEPHINE: “Beauty is in the Eye of the Beholder,” Do you feel this statement is true? What do you find beautiful?
SAFA: “To be beautiful means to be yourself. You don’t need to be accepted by others. You need to accept yourself.” ― Thich Nhat Hanh . Beauty is perceived differently by each person. I find beauty in every little aspect of life 🙂 To me, beauty is in confidence & innocence. Be yourself, be beautiful.
JOSEPHINE: What is one piece of advice you’d like to give to aspiring models?
SAFA: Don’t let an “agent” or a client tell you that YOU need surgery! No, at 18 years of age you need none. In fact, every individual is beautiful in their own way. Don’t take modeling too seriously, it’s a short-term business & you wouldn’t want to alter your facial features for that. Have fun, it won’t last Forever 🙂
1. My favorite Designer is… Elie Saab
2. If I could time travel to any place in the world right now, it would be… Bora Bora
3. Woman Power means to me… Power is the ability to influence & empower!
4. My Secret Talent is… Psst.. I am a nail artist 😉
5. My dream magazine cover to be on… VOGUE India
Thank you so much for taking out the time to interview with me and Punjab2000 Safa!