Saturday, November 27 2021

Yesyou me

Suaan Elahi’s career is not an overnight success story. It is his hard work that has helped him carve out a place for himself in the fashion industry. A relentless source of talent with an attractive face, Suaan’s top-tier work includes fashion brands like Nauman Arfeen, Humayun Alamgir, Amina Yasmeen, Sameer Sain to name a few. He has worked under brands such as Alkaram, Riwaj, Warehouse, Zivini and Vogue by Shimmers and has also appeared in TVCs for Jazz, Huawei, Surf Excel and Nestle. He also paraded for the Michael Kors launch show and Amin Guljee artwork titled “Laal Jadu”. It maintains a straightforward presence on its social media platforms. In addition, he switched to fitness and became a certified fitness trainer. This week you! has an exclusive conversation with up-and-coming model Suaan Elahi who talks about his job and how he got into fitness…


You! How did you get into the industry?

I signed up with Citrus Talent, auditioned, and one fine day woke up to a call for an advertisement for a mobile phone company. It was a huge campaign and I ended up on the billboards overnight. Later I had my portfolios done by a few photographers and when my photos went viral offers from the top and the mighty in the industry started to arrive.

You! What is the key to success?

The industry has taught me not to underestimate yourself and never work for free.

You! What exactly is selling quickly in the fashion industry?

The background in the industry has made me realize that it’s not about your looks, your features or your size. It all depends on how you present yourself. I remember Frieha Altaf from Catwalk put on a ‘Beyond Beauty’ themed show, which was a very unique concept, showcasing beauty, based on natural looks regardless of height, height. color and features. From there, I learned it was more about grooming, showing off, and keeping well.

You! Who is your inspiration?

I usually follow international models like Tony Mahfud, for his looks, his style, his clothes and his physical form. When it comes to men’s suits, I like the Brioni brand. Another fashion designer I love is based in Paris who makes extra-ordinary fitted clothes and every time I visit my tailor I ask him to buy me the most fitted pants and shirts.


You! How do you also stay in shape?

In my case, it’s more hard work and persistence than genetics. I have my own fitness program and my own goals that I stay locked into and train really hard to maintain a ripped physique. Those who are lean and have a fast metabolism are the luckiest people.

You! What brought you to the fitness industry?

I looked into this when during a shoot I realized that I was losing my shape because I did not fit easily into the costumes. The competition here is very tough and survival of the fittest is the main rule of the game. I started to take the gym seriously and later became a fitness enthusiast and got my certification in nutritional training and ISSA staff. Later my friend opened a studio where I started to train people and now I have a huge clientele.


You! Really hard time to erase from your mind?

A friend once said that I couldn’t do commercials and after two and a half months later we were watching a movie together and to his surprise one of my commercials flashed which came full circle for me.

You! What do you consider your greatest strength and are you possessive about something?

My self-confidence is my real strength that allows me to fight thick and thin and I am possessive of the idea of ​​sharing my friends.

You! A message for our readers?

I want to tell them that it is nothing but your persistence that would help you rise through the ranks and rise through the ranks no matter what field you choose to be a part of. So work hard and be yourself.

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