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Heart to Heart Q&A Series: Malaz Adam

Doha Style starts a series of interviews with talents and creatives from every field to talk beyond their profession's technical aspects to talk to us Heart to Heart. In this episode of the Heart to Heart series, we have talked to Malaz Adam, a Sudanese fashion model who currently resides in Italy.

Where and when were you born?

I was born and raised in Sudan, 1992.

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

My hard-working supporting father.

Where did you study?

I studied Chemical Engineering in University of Khatroum, currently I am doing my master’s in Mathematical Engineering in Italy, Napoli.

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

That I was so quiet and shy.

What was your first job?

Elementary and Secondary school teacher.

Who was the most significant influence in your career?

Naomi Campbell.

Malaz Doha Style
Malaz Doha Style

What is your definition of “happiness”?

Self-awareness, spiritual calm, contentment and good mental and physical health.

What is your happiest memory?

Eids are my happiest moments, specially, when I was younger when we used to travel to my grandmother’s house in Al gadarif.

What accomplishment are you most proud of?

As an engineer, I am proud of what I have come so far regarding my studies and that I chose to continue higher education in a challenging field.

As a model, I think modeling industry can be so tough on oneself. but I have embraced the sense of accepting who I am and how I look that is the greatest accomplishment for me.

As once being a teacher, I was part of an educational extracurricular activity for scientific experiments and models that was done by students. The students have presented their projects in a science fair exhibition in 2018. I felt so proud that day as if they were my own children.

What is some memorable lesson you have learned in life?

Respect what I have and do not take things for granted.

Who do you admire most in your family and why?

I admire that I come from a big family, I feel blessed that I am one of eight siblings. My little sister is everyone’s favorites.

Malaz Doha Style
Malaz Doha Style

Whose biggest fan are you?

Queen B.

What do you like to do in your spare time?

I like walking around the city, observe what local people are doing and capture moments. I have a great interest in street photography, and I have an enormous admiration for historic and old buildings. My favorite scene to capture is windows and doors I guess doors and windows remind me of opportunities and the open spaces behind them.

What is your most favorite city?

Frankly, I do not have a specific favorite city. I have favorite things about each city I visited, but I was fascinated the most by Florence. The city is a forum of art and culture. I also consider where I stay now “Napoli” as a second home for me after Sudan. Here I found many aspects that feels home, the great hospitality, the good food and the kindness of people.

What is your definition of beauty?

Beauty is a good, loving and caring heart.

What is something every woman needs in her wardrobe?

Good pair of denim jeans that works best for the woman’s style.

What do you find most rewarding about your job?

I look at Fashion as a way of expressing emotions and reflecting cultural perspectives. What a model wears and showcases can communicate identities, portray a concept, and deliver a message.

In teaching, I felt gratified and fulfilled that I have dealt with children emotionally and academically. Being in such work environment I have grown so much as a person. It is great how an adult can learn so much from kids.

In Engineering, the space for inventions and innovative plans.

Malaz Doha Style
Malaz Doha Style

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

I was influenced by many female figures that I look up to them, but my mother has the most influence in me. It is in the way I see her strength, her unconditional love and her way of caring about us and about other people.

Do you have a favorite male model?

Alton Mason.

What routine would you like to share with Doha Style followers?

Protective hair style! cornrow braids! SEE VIDEO BELOW

What is the best beauty advice you were ever given?

As someone who struggled with acne, expensive products do not always mean good products, someone must experiment what works for them the best, read the ingredients and do some research. For better results don`t forget to embrace and love yourself, and don`t forget to drink water

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

If I start saying nonsense, I’m probably hungry, just throw me a snack!

What is the most memorable travel experience?

A road trip with my friends from North to South Italy.

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

Milk, tea and biscuits.

How is it like to be a Sudanese/black model?

In Sudan I hope for fashion industry to get bigger, because there are many talents that most definitely worth to be recognized internationally and despite the difficulties they are still creating, excelling. That being said; I take pride in being a Sudanese black model that emerged and started from Sudan.

When and why did you first model?

2017, why? I really don’t know! It wasn’t planned, I was just kinda told you look like a model and I believed it!

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

70s looks are my most favorites, but I am also open to different styles I just play around with outfits, it mostly depends on my mood and sometimes I get inspired by other photographers and models or even any other form of art. I do not target a specific brand I mostly go thrift shopping, in one hand there I can find a very affordable, beautiful and high-quality piece that might be one of its kind, on the other hand It is an easy way to support this community and to help the environment.

What do you consider the most challenging aspect of your work?

That is, modeling usually is an unstable job and mostly seasonal. Moreover, as a black model, on sets sometimes the crew is not trained to work with different types of hair and different skin tones. I honestly find that annoying. It just reminds me of the industry’s lack of inclusivity.

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

West African- Sahara music. I’m a fan!

When do you feel sexiest?

Girls’ night out with my friends is when I feel the sexiest. Each girl is beautiful on her own way, and I feel like that beauty collectively radiates on one another.

What was your favorite activity during quarantine?

My favorite activity was shooting myself all by myself. Creating the setting with whatever I have and whatever inspires me in the house, style the clothes I already have in my wardrobe and shoot myself using my phone. I have learned more about my posture, my body flexibility and my facial expressions and I have also learned some video-editing tricks. It was a fun challenge.

Who is your support system?

Family and friends.

What is your favorite place to shop?

Thrift shops.

How would your best friends describe you?

Crazy and goofy in a fun way though.

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

As a career besides Engineering.

Do you have any siblings?

Yes, I do, 3 sisters and 4 brothers.

Have you got in trouble because of your rebellious character when you were a teen?

Not really, I was a boring teenager haha!

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

I love dogs, unfortunately I do not have one even though I would love to, but as soon as I settle down, I will get one.

Where do you get your inspiration from?

My surroundings, a song, a quote, a movie, other creator’s work on Instagram and Pintrest, and also my mental state.

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

The very beginning was that two of my closest friends (@sara_jalalx & @sara_ta_14) insisted that I create an Instagram account and they shot couple of photos and posted them. Couple of days after one of them took her sister’s camera and we went for a scavenger hunt for a location nearby, and we created a whole shoot which was just for fun. After that on an event I met Mohamed Osman/ photographer (@medo_rock_) who linked me up for a style shoot with Hadeel Osman -(@mshadeel)/creative director for (@davustudio), fashion researcher and stylist- in Darkroom production studio (@drakroomsudan) and that was my first professional photoshoot.

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

The job instability.

Does everyone look better with make-up?

Not really, but it could make people look better if it’s applied in a way that makes their natural beauty and unique features stand out.

What advice can you give to prospective models?

First thing you got to love who you are and hold on tight to your uniqueness. Second thing, professionally, be on time, increase knowledge about fashion industry and fashion brands, an outgoing personality and good communication skills are as important as the model’s other requirements, work on your portfolio and apply for modeling jobs directly if the model is a freelancer and if the model is signed for an agency their agent is responsible for booking the models, however pay a close attention and ask about the agency. Also know that Modeling is a short career so invest some of your time on business opportunities and careers that you are passionate about whether they are within the same industry or in other fields.

Malaz Adam Instagram: @malaz_adam

Credits:

Photographer: @medo_rock

Stylist: @mshadeel

Studio: @darkroomsudan

Photographer: @muhamed.jpg

MUA: @turtalienne

Clothing line: Deliberti.it

Photographer: @Noorytaha

Stylist:@vivid_dunya

Music: http://www.bensound.com

Designer: @dibaclothing_

Accessories: @dura_accessories

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