London-based model Sadaf Khan has walked for Pakistani fashion designers across the globe. Here, she speaks to GT about her career and more
What inspired you to take up modelling as a profession?
I always had a keen interest in fashion and isnâ€™t it amazing when you get paid to look good?
What I love about modelling is that you have a good sense of style, adaptability, a positive attitude, excellent stamina, communication skills and the ability to look good at all times.
Tell us about your first modelling job?
My first job was in London for Virgin Airlines. It was such a big shoot, and I was so nervous, but thankfully I did great in the end and everyone loved me.
Whatâ€™s your experience been like working with Pakistani fashion designers? Do you have any favourites?
Itâ€™s been very good. I love Pakistani fashion and have done many shows around the world, where Iâ€™ve walked for all the top Pakistani designers. All of them are lovely, but Umar Sayeed and Rana Noman are my favourites.
Whatâ€™s the one thing you enjoy most about your job and whatâ€™s the one thing you dislike the most?
I love walking the ramp and Iâ€™ve missed it a lot during the pandemic. I canâ€™t think about anything I dislike, as I always try to find the best in everything.
Whatâ€™re some things you wish you knew before you started your career?
The way people judge and criticise you in this career.
How would you describe your personal style?
Iâ€™m really into skirts and anything high waistedâ€”thatâ€™s my thing.
Do you have a specific beauty and exercise regimen?
I do wear a lot of makeup, so itâ€™s very important to look after the skin. I cleanse a lot using an oil cleanser (I love the Elemis range, as my skin is dry and it really helps), followed by a rose toner and thick moisturiser. I always use sunscreen before going out. Masks are really important for me too, so I apply them twice a week to get that glow. I try to drink a lot of water and never miss out on my vitamins.
Exercise for me is important not only for my physical health, but also for my mental well-being. It releases endorphins that keep you feeling happy and energetic. Iâ€™m quite addicted to reformers and I combine it with cardio three days a week.
Whatâ€™s been the best advice youâ€™ve received?
Be kind and treat people as you would like to be treated. Everyone loves to feel special; everyone loves to be noticed. So, if you care for people and treat them as the special people that they are, then theyâ€™ll love you for it. If you help enough people get what they want, then youâ€™ll get what you want.
Photography: Altmash Urooj
Makeup: Deepika Deshta
Location Courtesy: Mahesh Tourani