On the Rise feat. Saara Hirji

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We are always on the look out for rising talent, and from the moment we saw Saara Hirji hit the catwalk at FPW 2016, we knew we saw a star in the making. Anusha Bawany plays a round of rapid fire with the fresh face that has got the fashion world buzzing.

Why modeling?

Since I was a little girl I was always in awe of supermodels. To me, they where my superheroes, and I knew I wanted to be some girls superhero. I wanted to be the best role model to the next generation. My biggest strength is that I believe in just being honest to myself, and the rest will follow through in a positive direction.

Who are your three biggest inspirations in the modeling world?

Kate Moss, Cindy Crawford and Miranda Kerr.

Favourite Pakistani model?

Amna Baber for sure! She’s a Barbie doll and a sweetheart, and I am so glad I got to work with her.

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One person you would love to walk the ramp next to?

Candice Swanepoel in the Victoria Secert Fashion Show

Have you noticed a change in your everyday life since you’ve started modeling?

I still feel like the same person in every way. It is just that some of my surroundings have changed and there are lots of new people in my life.

Are you scared to have started so young?

If you are a grounded and passionate about achieving your goals, age does not make a differences. My era of models are really lucky to be working in this time. We have become so much more than a face on a piece of paper or a billboard; we have our personalities do the talking as well.

When was your first runway walk? How did it feel?

I was pretty young! I was only 15 when I walked my first ramp, and I remember feeling butterflies in my stomach the whole time, but at the same time it was the best feeling. I try to keep learning every time I step off a ramp, as every experience teaches you something new.

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What is your biggest fear when you walk?

I used to have the craziest fear of falling face first and losing teeth. I would have nightmares about that all the time.

Three things you can’t live without?

My moms baking, definitely. I need the positive attitude I carry throughout the day and you won’t ever see me without my water bottle!

Favourite thing to do when you’re not modeling?

Giving back a little piece of happiness to the community by volunteering in different organizations. Life can get so busy for everyone, regardless of what your profession is, but it’s taking the time to have moments of gratitude that makes it meaningful.

Best part about modeling?

Definitely being able to wear the clothes before they go in stores, traveling to all of the amazing places and being apart of something so iconic.

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Biggest support systems?

My mother is my rock. She encourages me to achieve my dreams, stay focused and remain humble. She is a strong and independent woman, and having her as a role model inspires me to learn through her experiences. I love her to bits. I also can’t forget my sister Rabis, who has supported me since day one and is my biggest cheerleader.

Anything you do not like about the industry?

There’s always room for improvement.The Pakistan fashion industry has come a long way and I see the future is bright at an International level. Pakistani designers are admired and valued throughout the world for there unique sense of fashion, which is amazing and totally well deserved – they just need to keep it up!

What beauty tips do you swear by?

I drink a lot of water so that my skin is hydrated. I try to sleep a lot – at least eight hours a night. And last but not least, for the skin, I try to take care of it with natural, organic ingredients such as coconut oil. I swear, it works wonders.

How do you feel about the size 0 debate in the industry?

Size is just a number; you really just have to think of yourself – who you are and what works best for you. One can simply cannot be healthy or look great on the outside if you are not healthy on the inside.

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