Heart to Heart Q&A Series: Feven

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What’s your name?

My name is Feven.

Do you have a stage name?

Yes, because not everyone knows how to pronounce Feven. My nickname is V.

Where and when were you born?

I was born in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. In the year of 1998 9th of December.

Where are you currently based?

I’m currently based in Sudan.

Why did you choose Sudan?

To be honest, Sudan wasn’t really a choice, it just happened to be, and I’m glad it did because I really love the people and the culture.

Where did you go to school?

Eritrean international school in Jeddah.

What did you like most about school? 

The experience.

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

My mom and Beyoncé.

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

That I’m very understanding and a great listener for my age. 

What was your first job?

My first job was when I was 17 as a hairdresser in a hair salon.

What other jobs do you do, and what are the most challenging aspects of them?

I work in a cafe. Generally, the challenge would have to do with dealing with rude people.

Who was the most significant influence in your journey as a model and actress?

Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel.

What is your definition of “happiness”?

Self-love, knowing your self-worth, and appreciation for what you have.

What accomplishment are you most proud of?

My first runway experience.

What are some memorable lessons you have learned in life?

The things that I’ve learned in life so far are that you should give out the energy that you want to attract, and also the more life gets hard on you, the stronger you get.

Who do you admire most in your family and why?

My mother. Because of so many things, but one of them being that she’s the strongest woman I’ve ever seen. She always managed to use all of the bad things that were thrown at her in life for the good.

Whose biggest fan are you?

My mom, Beyoncé, and Chanel.

What do you like to do in your spare time?

I like to watch movies, dance and read.

What is your most favorite city?

California and Asmara.

What is your definition of beauty?

Being comfortable in your own self.

What is the thing every woman needs in her wardrobe?

Mom jeans, white sneakers, black heels, and a good quality matching set of underwear.

What do you find most rewarding about your job (modeling and others etc)?

The learning process.

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

My mother. Because she taught me that life is more about the journey than the destination.

What is the last thing you googled?

Types of hot sauce.

Do you have a favorite male model/actor?

Yes. Luka sabbath is my favorite actor/model.

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

My routine consist of exfoliating and using a face scrub 3 times a week. Face wash, moisturizer, and sunblock every day. 

What is the best beauty advice you were ever given?

The best beauty advice would be that moisturizing, sunblock and Hydration is the key.

When and how did you learn to model?

It really started as a hobby, but I learned most of the things from watching catwalk and runway shows.

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

Some people think that I’m naïve and gullible. I want those people to know just because I’m quiet and always smiling doesn’t mean I don’t know what’s happening.

What is the most memorable travel experience?

My trip to Uganda. It consisted of good food, music and green beautiful nature. 

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

Nesquick/Cadberry or both Chocolate powder.

How is it like to be a model in Sudan

It’s not bad, especially because there are so many talented and very creative people here.

When and why did you first model?

I did my first runway show in 2014 because my mom made me too. She always believed that I’m going to be some kind of a top model.

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

Mostly street fashion, which is streetwear but a bit chicer.

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

So far I’ve not really had that many challenges, the biggest problem here is that some people are not punctual when comes to being on time.

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

Normal girl by Sza.

When do you feel sexiest?

After I do my self-maintenance/care routine.

What was your favorite activity during quarantine?

Listening to podcasts and cooking.

Who is your support system?  

My mother and my friends.

What is your favorite place to shop?

I mostly love thrifting, but ever since I’ve been in Sudan I’ve not really been shopping. So I don’t really have a favorite place yet.

How would your best friends describe you?

Great listener, diplomatic, and a foodie.

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

For now, it’s more like a hobby.

Do you have any siblings? 

Yes, I have two brothers that are younger than me.

What did you study and where?

I’m planning to study business management.

What do your close friends call you?

Feven.

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

No not at all, I was a very chill person.

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

I like both dogs and cats. And yes I have a cat.

Where do you get your inspiration from?

My surrounding. I try to use the best out of the environment that I’m in.

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

It all started with a pageant show, that my mom made me participate in.

Tell us about your first time on the runway and how did the opportunity come along?

It all happened on coincidence, I literally bumped into a beautiful designer called Sabrin in the beautiful streets of Asmara, she asked me if I was a model and I told her that I did a pageant show a few years ago, she instantly asked me to model for her and I said yes.

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

Being told that you’re not tall enough or thin/thick enough or other closed-minded “Beauty standard”. And that’s what made me pursue modeling, to change the idea of what beauty is.

Does everyone look better with make-up?

Yes but not necessarily. I mean make-up to me should be used to enhance the beautiful features that a person already has rather than changing how you look.

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

I’m a people, nature, and food lover. And I wish nothing but peace upon this world. (Lol I kinda sound like a hippie).

What advice can you give to prospective models?

Never compare yourself to anyone, you are who you are for a reason.

How long have you been a model?

Officially it has been almost 3 years.

What country/city would you rather live in?

California. Because from what I heard the weather over there is beautiful.

What attracted you to begin as a model?

Chanel and seeing people like Naomi Campbell, Chanel Iman, and others.

Do you think honesty is always the best policy?

Yes definitely without a doubt. I’m a terrible liar, so I can say for myself that being honest and straightforward has helped me a lot in life.

If someone was going to make your life into a movie, who would play you?

Zoe Kravitz.

If you weren’t in Sudan, would you consider lingerie and swimsuit shooting?

No I don’t think I would.

Would you consider acting alongside modeling if there is an opportunity?

Yes, I wouldn’t mind.

Who do you look up to (as a model)?

Naomi Campbell, Halima Aden and Winnie Harlow.

What’s your perfect Friday/weekend afternoon look like?

Either go out with friends or stay home and watch movies.

When you have a break during rehearsal or shooting, what do you spend that time doing?

Communicate with the people.

Who’s the funniest person in real life among those you worked within modeling?

A model called Raheem aka Aron, whose also one of my best friends now.

What do you do when you’re not working?

Mostly self-care, watch movies and read.

If you had a magic wand, what modeling would you do next?

Walk for Chanel.

What’s the last thing you do before the shooting begins?

Check myself in the mirror, to make sure that I don’t have lipstick on my teeth and that my makeup looks good, etc.

What makes a good scene partner?

Being patient and having a sense of humor.

What are your dreams?

My dream is more of a goal than a dream, and it is to be successful and independent enough that I can spoil myself and my family, do what I love, and go wherever  I want whenever.

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