…An Inner beauty movement. Many models are not happy with themselves and try to fit into a mold: thin beautiful model with a ton of followers on Instagram. However, the reality is that external beauty doesn’t last forever and it’s the inner beauty that counts. Inner beauty should be embraced more in our society and that is what I consider true beauty.
As a part of my interview series with popular culture stars, I had the pleasure of interviewing Zara Zhao. Zara is a fresh-faced Canadian model and content creator. With 10+ years of experience in fine arts, she mixes digital art with photography created for her and her fans. Mixing fashion, glamour and art, she showcases her work mainly on Instagram and Facebook.
When I was 17, I participated in Miss Chinese Montreal Pageant. It was a whole new experience for me as I did not know anything about fashion brands, makeup, and catwalk. I still remember that my ears weren’t pierced, and I had to wear clip-on earrings on stage. I really enjoyed the pageant experience and decided to try modelling. So I started out as a promotional model for nightclubs for a modelling agency in Montreal. From there, I slowly got into lifestyle, glamour, editorial and fashion modelling.
People are just people! Since I uploaded some sexy but classy pictures on social media, I saw my friends’ numbers drastically decline! On the bright side, I also met some talented and smart people in the industry that I became friends with. Some people from high school that I haven’t spoken for years suddenly messaged me and wanted to hang out. Even my ex-boyfriends wanted to reconnect with me after I became a model. Super awkward situation!
Eat! Before photoshoot sessions, I would always skip breakfast in the morning so I can look flawless! The most embarrassing moment is when my stomach growls during photoshoots. One lesson that I learned is to eat light before a photoshoot so I can give my 200% and don’t have to worry about these embarrassing moments of silence. A light healthy breakfast won’t make you look pregnant!
Some of the most exciting projects that I’m working on now include body art such as tape, glitter and body painting. It involves expressing the beauty of a female body by emphasizing on curves and shapes. I’m also working on editorial projects inspired by fantasy or science-fiction movies.
Some of the most interesting people that I have interacted with are artists from various backgrounds. Some are photographers, makeup artists, hair stylists and wardrobe stylists. They all have an unique way to express themselves through arts. As an artist myself who specialize in oil painting, I’m very lucky to meet and work with some of the most talented people in the industry.
Know your competitive advantage and what sets you apart from other models. A lot has to do with learning about yourself and see which specific area in modelling you want to focus on. But most importantly, make connections!!! It’s not about what you know but who you know!
Inner beauty movement. Many models are not happy with themselves and try to fit into a mold: thin beautiful model with a ton of followers on Instagram. However, the reality is that external beauty doesn’t last forever and it’s the inner beauty that counts. Inner beauty should be embraced more in our society and that is what I consider true beauty.
Failure is good and you should not be afraid of it. Every failure can open doors to new opportunities. Whenever you lose something, you also gain something. Even though I didn’t win Miss Montreal Pageant and the Pageant photographer told me that I had no future in modelling, it gave me a reason to push harder to reach my goals. Now I’m the only pageant girl who is modelling full-time without having to work 2–3 jobs to support myself.
My friends who were being the most supportive when I went through the toughest times. I had so many people telling me that I don’t have a future in modelling. While it hurts my self-esteem, it just gives me a reason to work harder so I can prove them wrong. Whenever I feel depressed, I’d call my best friend and he would always give me hope by making me laugh! Life is a test and only the strongest and toughest people will succeed. Believe in yourself.
Jennifer Lopez! I love all her songs and I absolutely love her personality! She’s stunning, talented, funny, confident, and fierce!
They can connect with me through Instagram (@zestyzarazhao) or my Facebook page (@zestyzarazhao).