On the Rise feat. Kiran Ikram

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We’re always on the look out for new talent and Kiran Ikram caught our attention with her exquisite personality and fresh face. Taskeen Zahra plays a round of rapid fire with the model who is both beauty and brains. We’re certainly rooting for this rising star!

Why did you decide to be a model? 

Honestly, a couple of people , including my younger brother, Sabir Ikram, who started modelling before me , suggested I give it a shot. I’m always up for new and exciting experiences!

When did you first walk on the ramp? 

For Deepak Perwani, at FPW. It was a little nerve racking , that first time, but Deepak was so great and supportive.

What difficulties have you faced as a new model?

Well, I think a new face always has to break the ice a little, regardless of the situation. But designers have been so positive and receptive that it’s been rather nice so far.

Who is your favourite international model and why?

It has to be Gisele. She has a focus and drive with regards to her work that I’d like to emulate. And she balances that with a great family life. Balancing the two is more often than not pretty tough, but she does it well.

Who would you want to walk the ramp with? 

Well if my brother, Sabir, was home in Pakistan around when one of the shows takes place, I’d love to be in one with him. It’d be good fun!

What designer would you want to be a showstopper for?  

Oh gosh, there are too many to pick just one! That’s what I love about the industry in Pakistan. There’s such a multifarious range of beautiful work constantly being produced.

What is the funniest memory of you as a model? 

The first time I rehearsed walking. I reached the head ramp and paused, realising I wasn’t exactly sure what to do. Haha. Frieha Altaf then gave me great advice – that I continue to use today.

What is your biggest fear when you walk the ramp? 

Like any other model I suppose, slipping and falling.

What do you do when you want to let your hair down? 

Spend time with family and close friends!

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What would you change about the industry? 

More openness to diversification!

What is your opinion on size zero models?

During college, I was on the varsity rowing team. All of us consistently followed the exact same nutrition and fitness regime. Yet none of us were the same size. I was really able to understand then that size is a huge reflection of genetics – and that’s totally okay. So if you’re genetically structured to be a size zero, or whatever size for that matter, that’s fine. I think the more important point would be that of leading a healthy lifestyle.

What is your fitness regimen? 

A balanced mixture of cardio and weights.

What would you have been had you decided to not be a model? 

Well I’m actually a finance major and I’ve worked in Treasury for two years!

Do you feel like there is healthy competition between models in the industry? 

Of course. And that’s always good for growth, regardless of the industry in question.

What is a fashion trend you want to be done with this year? 

Very lose kameezes – but that’s just me.

Beauty or brains? 

Both!

What are the few things you can’t leave the house without? 

iPhone charger, something to read incase a shoot goes long, lots of water ( I over-hydrate) , iced coffee and my Burt’s Bees lip balm.

Where do you want to be in the next 5 years? 

Well so much has evolved in the past two years, that it’s really hard to predict the next five. But I’d definitely like to grow in a field that both enriches and inspires me, but one that I can also give back to.

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