What does success mean to you?
Attaining your targets and living up to the expectations of your loved ones is what I define as one’s real success.
Who are some of your role models, and what do you like about their work?
My role model is Jeff Seid who was an athlete. Few injuries halted his athletic voyage but he didn’t give up and emerged as the youngest IFBB contender, owner of his own apparel line (SeidWear) and author of a book, Guide to Aesthetics.
From all your projects so far, which project was the most meaningful to you, and why?
Recently, I have been given National Leader Award of Best Fitness Model of the year by PBCF, which is really an honour. My selection as International Representative for IDEA World (USA) and that, too, for two consecutive years has been a milestone in my fitness career as this event is attended by fitness trainers of all the countries and there is no other fitness and wellness event that features more comprehensive fitness education than IDEA World.
Do you believe good looks and connections are the only things that make a star?
I believe in hard work and that’s the only thing which stops you from falling. Your good looks and your connections have no meaning if talent is not there.
How has social media changed things for you?
Social media is a game-changer. It helps me stay connected to my fans; I can talk to them at any time of the day. Also, I get quick feedback on work and that helps me improve myself.
How do you deal with self-doubt?
Self-belief always supersedes the self-doubt and if you are pragmatic, passionate and have a strong foothold then you are unstoppable.
Three pieces of advice for aspiring models.
Never let anyone take you for granted; believe in yourself and never let your passion die.
The best thing about being a teenager was
The worst thing about being a teenager was
You have to listen to everyone
My favourite actors
Brad Pitt, Sylvester Stallone and Dwayne Johnson
My favourite singer or band
Strings and Atif Aslam
My favourite movie
My favourite book
The Champion Mindset by Joanna Zeiger
My favourite subject was
Health and fitness
What used to hurt me the most
People who give up and put the blame on their luck
I wish I had know then
That life is how you programme it
Relations with family
My favourite hangout
5 things I couldn’t live without
Passion, determination, energy, focus and enthusiasm
(Coordination: Ehsan Iqbal)