Heart to Heart Q&A Series: Ebty

What’s your name?

Ebtihal Badraldin 

Where and when were you born?

UAE, 4th of March 1997

Where are you currently based?

Sudan

Where did you go to school?

International School of Choueifat, UAE

What did you like most about school? 

My friends 😌

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Who was the most influential person to you as a child?

My teachers, especially my English teachers

What would people you know find surprising about you as a teen?

I was a troublemaker 😂

What was your first job?

Private tutor

What job do you currently do, and what are the most challenging aspects of it?

Teaching assistant, controlling a class full of 17 extremely energetic 8 year olds.

Who was the most significant influence in your career?

My previous teachers

What is your definition of “happiness”?

Being around people who genuinely love you.

What is your happiest memory?

Every single day shared with my loved ones is a happy memory.

What accomplishment are you most proud of?

Graduating dental school 😩

What is some memorable lesson you have learned in life?

To always learn to pull myself up no matter how many times I fall.

Who do you admire most in your family and why?

My brother, he’s my best friend ♥️

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Whose biggest fan are you?

Mustafa Seid Ahmed

What do you like to do in your spare time?

Read books, watch make-up tutorials and draw/color.

What is your most favorite city?

Abu Dhabi + Portsudan

What is your definition of beauty?

Beauty cannot be defined in a few words, everything and everyone are beautiful in their own way.

What is something every woman needs in her wardrobe?

Jeans, black dress and sweatpants.

What do you find most rewarding about your job?

Getting to spend my day surrounded by the love of many small creatures. 

Who is the most influential female figure in your life, and Why?

My mother. She’s a beautiful, strong and independent woman. 

What is the last thing you googled?

Freddie Mercury movie

Do you have a favorite male model?

A few favorites. Worldwide: David Beckham & Channing Tatum. Sudanese: Korrii, Yaya & Marligger

What routine would you like to share with Doha Style followers? (can you make a video)?

Everyone asks for my skin care routine so here you go, I simply use the Kojie-San face soap along with the Olay day and night cream. 

What is the best beauty advice you were ever given?

To learn how to love my flaws before my perfections & I’ve never seen myself more beautiful.

When and how did you learn to model?

Modeling is more of a hobby for me, I google new poses and concepts every now and then & I try implementing them.

What is the one thing you wish people knew about you?

That I’m very nice & loving. 

What is the most memorable travel experience?

Portsudan 2016

If we looked in your fridge, what would we always find?

Chocolate 🍫 

When and why did you first model?

My first actual photo shoot was about 3 years ago, it was for a project about the Sudanese revolution. 

What sorts of settings/clothes/brands do you prefer to shoot for or wear?

I don’t really confine myself to a particular theme but I love creative, outgoing shootings rather than typical ones. 

What do you consider the most challenging aspect of your work as a model

Being a living part of the project instead of a still mannequin as well as the way our society labels models. 

What song/s do you have on repeat these days?

Old Sudanese classics.

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When do you feel sexiest?

In dresses. 

What was your favorite activity during quarantine?

Houseparty. 

Who is your support system?  

My friends. 

What is your favorite place to shop?

Thriftshooops

How would your best friends describe you?

Crazy 😇

Do you pursue modeling as your career or just as a hobby?

For the time being, it’s just a hobby but you never know what happens. 

Do you have any siblings? 

Yes, 2 younger siblings. 

What did you study and where?

Dentistry, UST. 

What do your close friends call you?

Ebty

Were you rebellious in your teens? Have you got in trouble because of it?

Extremely rebellious and yes indeed. 

What pets do you like most? Do you have any?

Dogs, I have a puppy named Milo ♥️

Where do you get your inspiration from?

Social media mostly. 

Tell us how did you get your start as a model?

I was going through a few old pictures of mine and I liked the way I stood out yet complimented the background so well and I said why not. 

What has been (or still) the biggest challenge as a model?

I haven’t found my place here in Sudan yet. I still didn’t find anyone with the same ideas and mentality as mine to collaborate with.

Does everyone look better with make-up?

Make-up is art and art always looks good. 

Share something you would like the world to know about you?

I’m a dentist, teacher, writer and model all wrapped up in one. 

What advice can you give to prospective models?

Enjoy it as much as you can, you’re a piece of art so act like it. 

How long have you been a model?

3-4 years

What country/city would you rather live in?

Abu

Maria Sadiq

A 25-year-old passionate writer who started it off as a hobby but turned it into so much more! I love writing about all things beauty and fashion and spend most of my free time scrolling through Instagram or Pinterest, in search of new ideas and things to inspire me.

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