Photography by Khawar Riaz
Sudais Khan was encouraged by his aunt to be a model, a career well-suited for him thanks to his towering 6’2” height and unconventional looks. She also suggested that he approach ace photographer Khawar Riaz to start his professional career. Following her advice, Sudais shared his pictures with Khawar, who encouraged him to get himself groomed, fit, and ready for a career. Under his mentorship, Sudais emerged as a potential model. In just a few months of training, he was ready to flirt with the camera.
His professional career kicked off with an editorial shoot for Fahad Hussayn, and that’s how offers started coming his way thick and fast from an array of designers and brands, like Emraan Rajput, Nauman Arfeen, Hussain Rehar, Generation, Shoaib Ismail, and Munib Nawaz. He debuted as a ramp model with Sunsilk Beauty & Wedding Showcase, and is impatiently looking forward to the Bridal Couture Week to be held in December 2023. He also aims to enter into business and establish his automobile showroom as cars are his first love.
Us: What does success mean to you?
Sudais Khan: I want to earn esteem and dignity through my work that [I hope] people [will] remember in good terms.
Us: What is something you learned early on in your career which helped you become a better model?
SK: That life is all about consistent hard work.
Us: What is the most challenging thing about this career?
SK: To come up to the expectations of photographers and production teams.
Us: How did you learn the craft of modelling?
SK: If I am here and getting shoots from big designers and brands, it’s all because of (Sir) Khawar Riaz who made me what I am.
Us: Who are some of your role models and what do you like about their work?
SK: David Gandy. I like the level of professionalism he displays and the way he maintains his fitness.
Us: Out of your projects, which one was the most meaningful to you, and why?
SK: A shoot that I did for designer Emraan Rajput as it was something that really touched my heart.
Us: Do you believe good looks and connections are the only things that make a star?
SK: Looks and personality really contribute, and if you have these then connections are not that difficult to make. But to sustain yourself in the industry, passion and talent matter the most.
Us: How has social media changed things for you?
SK: It has really helped me. The role of coordinators has been incredibly minimized and things have become easy for beginners as the clients may directly approach the talent.
Us: How do you deal with self-doubt?
SK: I’m fond of embracing challenges. By consulting professionals and seeking guidance from seniors, I carve my own way to overcome my self-doubts.
Us: Please share three pieces of advice for aspiring models.
SK: Work hard, maintain focus in life, and believe in yourself.
Date of Birth
The best thing about being a teenager was
No fikar, no tension.
The worst thing about being a teenager was
Waking up early for school and studies.
My favourite actors were
Shah Rukh Khan and Mahira Khan.
My favourite movie was
World War Z.
My favourite subject was
My least favourite subject was
My favourite food was
My favourite sport was
Three things I always carried with myself were
My cell, wallet, and car keys.