You’ve probably heard the name ‘Nadia Rahmat’ splashed over the news in recent months, and for good reason. With striking features and signature skinny braids, local model Nadia entered the #castmemarc Instagram campaign in hopes of being picked by the man Marc Jacobs himself to model for the brand’s SS15 Campaign.

When the 11 winners (out of a whopping 50,000) of the campaign were revealed this spring, Nadia (and pretty much the rest of Singapore) was ecstatic to find out she was one of them. But despite her rise to international fame, Nadia hasn’t forgotten her roots; so we’re thrilled to learn more about this star in the making, her experience on the Marc Jacobs set in New York, and some of the most Singaporean things about her.

Nadia's campaign shots for Marc by Marc Jacobs F/W'15

Nadia’s campaign shots for Marc by Marc Jacobs F/W’15

Hi Nadia! Tell us a little more about yourself, and how did you get into modelling?

Hi! All you really need to know about me is that I have an unhealthy infatuation with cats and am obsessed with the idea of travel 🙂

I got into modeling a few years ago when a friend needed someone to model her clothes for her vintage online store.

How did you feel when you got the confirmation from the folks at Marc Jacobs to fly to New York for the casting session?

I felt really nervous and excited at the same time. All I could really think was ‘Is this really happening? Am I dreaming?’

Nadia as Shot by Mihaela Noroc for the 'Beauty Around The World Project'

Nadia as Shot by Mihaela Noroc for the ‘Beauty Around The World Project’

Who are your fashion icons, and why?

I think it’s pretty obvious that I’ve been looking up to Tahliah Barnett a.k.a FKA Twigs for awhile now! I don’t think I’ve ever seen her in a boring outfit. Plus, her style compliments her character perfectly which is why I look up to her.

Is there a fashion label that you’d love to model for?

It’s hard to pick just one because there are so many that I feel so strongly about! BUT if I really had to choose, it would be cool to do a stint with KTZ. The vibe of their brand is amazing.

Tell us something that is very Singaporean about you.

I still complain about how humid the weather is! (laughs)

Do you have a role model, personally and professionally?

My mom, for sure. She’s the most patient person I know and works really hard.

Nadia as Shot by Andrew Cloke

Nadia as Shot by Andrew Cloke

We’re guessing you met Marc Jacobs in the flesh. How is he really like?

He’s actually pretty chill! Very laid-back and not pretentious or anything. We didn’t get to speak to him personally though. The only proper contact we had was when we went to a book launch after the shoot and he was there. He basically just thanked us for doing the shoot and complimented us on our shots. It was a really nice gesture!

Have you gained or learnt anything from the whole experience of #CastMeMarc? And any tips for aspiring models out there?

Definitely, the experience has taught me that if you work hard and want something badly enough it may just come to you when you least expect it! It can take awhile, but with enough patience and confidence it will come eventually. Well, I’m not really in a position to give tips since I’m not a professional! (Laughs) I’m still learning after all. But definitely work hard, always stay humble and network like crazy. You never know what opportunities lie ahead!

Nadia as Shot by Jonathan Liu, for Culture Machine

Nadia as Shot by Jonathan Liu, for Culture Machine

So, what’s next for Nadia Rahmat?

Since I just got back from Europe recently I managed to have a chat with my agency in London about future opportunities, and if circumstances allow it I might just explore moving abroad? We’ll see!

Header and thumbnail images courtesy of Nadia Rahmat.
Nadia’s campaign image courtesy of Nevs Models.
Other images were courtesy of Nadia’s tumblr, and shot by their respected photographers.