Sabrina ModelLing her way to stardom

Every industry has their struggle but that of the modelling industry is kind of unique. It’s still baffling that an industry indirectly so instrumental to influencing the perception of consumers and directly determining sales numbers of various brands is more or less a struggling industry. Hearing models talk about their struggles and survival is strange but uplifting. Behind those pretty faces, and those slim and full figured bodies of theirs, lies a surviving spirit that does not care about makeup. Struggling to survive societal perceptions that believe modelling is not a respectable career path, waiting several hours for auditioning; getting paid late or half paid, putting up smiles for photo shoots even when not confident, and risking travelling the length and breadth to meet up with various auditions, have not deterred models from achieving their goals and staying focused. The result of their hard work is becoming obvious these days with various models living their dreams and making successes of themselves. One model that knows about all of these is Sabrina Naqvi. Steadily and consistently, she is one of those modelling their way to stardom but her journey has been far from easy. You may recognise the model from the runways, or else from the numerous high fashion campaigns of various luxury brands. A brunette with captivating eyes, Sabrina Naqvi is rising slowly but surely on the fashion scene. MAG catches her in a lively tete-a-tete, where she opens up, by her own admission, like never before. Read on…

Icebreaker! Introduce us to Sabrina Naqvi. Who are you on and off camera?

On camera, I am a serious person, very professional but off camera, I’m the goofiest. I love to make people laugh.

How did you venture into the world of modeling? When did you first realise that this is the career path you want to choose?

Well honestly, I always wanted to be a model, and a lot of people have been very kind towards guiding me and helping me find my way in this field.

Being a reliable model is of utmost importance. How would you describe your work ethic?

I’m professional and a team player. Although, sometimes I can slack around a bit and get a little late for work but I always make sure that my shoot is done right and with the coordination of my team.

There is so much competition in this field. So many new faces are discovered every year. How do you cope?

Well you see, that’s part of my job. I believe that whatever work comes my way is mine and whatever work doesn’t come my way isn’t meant to be mine, so I’m pretty cool with it.

What are your goals as a model and how do you see your evolution in this field?

My goal is to always be grounded and humble, and whatever is going to come will be the best.

What are the pros and cons of being a model?

I’ll start with the cons. The hardest part is to stay fit, at least for me, since I love food. And as for the pros, there are so many. We get to meet so many people, we get to learn a lot and we get to experience so many different styles and new fashion.

If you weren't a model, what would you like to be doing?

I would definitely be a lawyer.

Your ramp inspiration from the industry?

I love the way Sunita Marshall walks. Her walk is so elegant and poised.

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

Well, I’m not picky at all.

Where do you see yourself in 10 years from now?

I see myself happy, more content and mature with my family.

Put these factors in order of importance for becoming a successful model: The right looks, hard work, luck.

It’s a bit of all. But hard work is obviously the most important factor of success in any field.

Do you ever get shy in front of the camera? If yes, how do you overcome the shyness?

I used to get shy a lot. Even now I get shy and a little awkward if I haven’t worked with the photographer before because they’d want something their way which can be a little different than what I usually do. So, that gets me a little shy.

What advice will you give to upcoming models or people who want to seek modelling as a career in the future?

I would definitely say to go for it. But just know that modeling isn’t as easy as it looks and it requires a lot of hard work and determination.

Lastly, what are you currently working on or have planned?

Well, let’s see what the future holds.


Career-defining moment?

When I started walking the ramp, it felt so good. It was definitely the best moment.

Name one of your strengths and one of your weaknesses.

My family is my strength and weakness.

Shoots or shows?


The key to success is…

Hard work and luck, both.

If you were a product, what would be your tagline?

Too good to be true.

The three qualities that got you where you are today?

Well, I don’t know, honestly. But Allah has been very kind, that’s all.

What inspires you?


Happiness is…

Being able to be myself with my people.

One thing you are exceptionally good at and one thing you are epically bad at?

I’m surprisingly good at cooking and the bad thing would be that I don’t have a poker face.

One thing you would put on your bucket list?

To open a place for the underprivileged people.

• Hair & Makeup: Basit Ali
• Designer: Silver Linings By Minhal Aly
• Styling: Aun Muhammed
• Coordination: Umer Mushtaq
• Photography: Yellow Jacket By Zeeshan Ahmed