When a homegirl gets her face blown up on billboards and posters for a major fashion campaign all around the world, that’s what we call epic representin’. And our eclectic babe Nadia Rahmat, pretty much hightailed her way through it, road-runner style. Part of the #CastMeMarc campaign for Marc by Marc Jacobs Spring/Summer 2015, Nadia beat thousands of others worldwide to be one of the cool faces for the season and it’s not hard to see why Marc chose her. Her too-cool-it hurts braids, kooky style, flawless tanned skin, striking features – everything about this lass is refreshing and inspiring. An individual that’s not afraid to be herself, Nadia encourages everyone to try their hand at letting their true selves shine and is schooling on us the perks of being different. We caught up with this fresh face to talk (while she’s not busy taking over the world) about her experiences and inspirations.
Hi Nadia! First of all can you tell us a bit more about yourself?
Hello Sassy Singapore! At the moment I’m working with Kilo to coordinate their events and work on some new concepts they have in mind! I also am still active with my modelling work, am currently in discussion with some people for a potential project! Fingers crossed, if all goes well it could be the next campaign I’m involved with 🙂
We absolutely loved you in the Marc by Marc Jacobs campaign and congrats girl for representing Singapore! How do you feel seeing yourself on posters and billboards all around the world?
It still feels weird seeing your face blown up on billboards and stuff. You’re kind of like, “Oh hey that’s me, but it feels like I photoshopped myself on there – but this is legit, oh wow.” That’s usually how I feel!
What has the experience on the campaign taught you about fashion or individuality?
Everyone has their own individuality, it’s just how you wear it! I’ve always just done me in the best way that I can, and I guess they saw that; which is nice. So, it has definitely taught me that staying true to yourself is the best fashion statement anyone can make.
We heard you signed on to Nevs Model Agency! That’s so exciting! How do you feel about this?
I was freaking out! They contacted me a week after the campaign launched, and I’ve heard of them before through some models I follow on Instagram. So when they got in touch with me I was really excited! Plus, they were really enthusiastic when I met them in London so that’s really nice.
How did your foray into fashion begin?
I got really interested four years ago, but was still exploring the kind of style that I would be comfortable sticking with. I also started dabbling in doing shoots for a few friends back then.
How do you think social media has impacted fashion for you?
Social media has allowed me to discover all these small, independent labels all around the world that makes really cool stuff! And I also come across cool people who inspire me sometimes.
You’ve travelled to many cities and countries around the world. Which do you love most?
Hahaha I wouldn’t say that I’ve traveled to that many yet honestly! So far it’s a tie between London, Amsterdam, and Berlin. I love London for the fashion, Amsterdam for its beauty and Berlin for the music and overall creative vibe!
Describe your personal style.
I can never answer this right because I hate putting it in a box! But if I had to, I guess it’s edgy and street with influences from many subcultures.
How has your style evolved over the years?
It’s become more bold for sure, I used to be so reserved about what to wear just because I was so conscious about what other people might think. But after a while I thought ‘You know what, who cares what people think. I’m allowed to express myself’ and so here I am!”.
In your opinion, what are the basic essentials to a perfect wardrobe?
A good pair of pants I suppose? I’m still searching for the perfect pair of comfy pants that I could wear on days where I just feel like chilling.
What are your favourite local shopping haunts in Singapore?
I rarely shop in Singapore, most of my purchases are made online! But even if I do it would probably be the New2U thrift store on Waterloo Street. I go there maybe once every two months to see if I can unearth any treasures.
We’d never catch you dead in… peplum anything. I don’t know why but I just find the design really awkward.
Who’s your favourite designer of all time?
My favourite designers are Marjan Pejoski and Sasko Bezovski of the label KTZ. Their collections never fail to stay true to the vibe of the brand!
What’s one article of clothing that everyone should try at least once?
Velvet leggings. Because, the velvet!
Are there any fashion icons that you look up to?
Always and forever, Tahliah Barnett a.k.a FKA Twigs.
Do you have any advice for people who would like to try and make a name for themselves in fashion?
Stay true to yourself, always be humble and network like crazy!
Lastly, what can we expect from you in the future?
I hope to get involved with more work that would put Singapore on the map!