We speak to actor and model Mahenur Haider about life in the fashion industry, upcoming work and more
How does it feel seeing yourself on the cover once again?
It always feels amazing to see myself on the cover and this time is no different!
Youâ€™ve worked with Mohsin Khawar several times before. What is it like to shoot with him?
Shooting with Mohsin Khawar is always a blast. Itâ€™s always really comfortable. We all have so much fun on set. I remember shooting with Mohsin a lot when I had just started modelling. I think weâ€™ve worked on countless projects together! We always make a good team.
How did you decide to pursue acting as a career? Did you always want to become an actor?
I guess deep down I always knew that acting was what I wanted to do.
Has your perception of the modelling industry in Pakistan changed over time?
I never formed a perception about the modelling industry in Pakistan. For me, modelling has always been work. It was always a job and thatâ€™s how Iâ€™ve looked at it.
What are your hobbies outside of modelling and acting?
This is such a heartbreaking question! I donâ€™t get to do anything really because Iâ€™m so busy with work. When and if I get a day off, I like to go for a swim.
What is your beauty routine?
I wake up at 6AM every single day. I like to do yoga. Sometimes I work out. I always make sure that my early mornings are dedicated to myself and my mental well being. All of this is, of course, followed by a healthy breakfast.
People in Pakistan donâ€™t consider modelling or acting a â€˜properâ€™ profession. What do you have to say about that?
To be perfectly honest with you, Iâ€™ve never come across anyone who has such views. Everyone around me knows how hard I work. No one has ever questioned it being a proper job.
Acting in Pakistan is still considered very taboo. Did you face problems when you decided to pursue this career?
Not really. However, I did face problems when I decided to quit my career. There were so many people who didnâ€™t want me to leave. So I had to come back.
Tell us about your upcoming projects.
Iâ€™ve shot a film with Fahad Sheikh which should come out this year InshaAllah. Iâ€™m also going on set to shoot my next play in March, so thatâ€™s also in the pipeline. Iâ€™m very excited.
How do you handle the fame that comes with being an actor? Does the hate or the pressure ever get to you?
People are always very sweet and supportive when they approach me. People that have seen my work and decide to come say hi are always so nice and that is a big motivation for me. Iâ€™ve never really gotten any hate so I feel blessed in that regard.
Whatâ€™s your favorite part about your work?
Who is your favorite designer?
I personally love Sana Safinaz Couture.
How do you stay in shape?
I do Yoga. I also try to watch my diet and eat healthy.
Name something on your bucket list.
The number one thing that Iâ€™ve always wanted to do is skydive!
Tell us about your first shoot. What was it like?
My first shoot was back in 2013. That day was the first time I had worn heels in my entire life! Can you imagine? It was a 2 day shoot for Bareezeâ€™s eid campaign. I still remember it so well. Since it was my first time ever wearing heels, by the end of the shoot I literally couldnâ€™t walk. It was definitely an experience Iâ€™ll never forget.
Who is your inspiration?
I get inspired by anyone whoâ€™s hardworking, regardless of their profession.
What kind of photo shoots, in your opinion, are the hardest to do?
Describe your perfect day off when youâ€™re not working.
Day off? What does that mean?
What advice do you have for aspiring actors and models?
My advice to all those people is to never give up and stay motivated. There is a long road ahead of you; so work hard and donâ€™t lose hope!
Photography:Â Mohsin Khawar
Blue dress:Â The House Of Kamiar Rokni
Makeup:Â Saad Nasir
Styling:Â Aarinda Noor