The beautiful Zara Bridle recently took time out of her busy schedule to answer our 15 get to know question. Having started modeling at 16 in Dubai, Zara has gone on to feature for a high end fashion company, as well as featuring in various magazines. To find out more about Zara and her ability to scare young children read on…
1.When did you first realise you wanted to be a model?
It took a really long time to realise that modelling was something that I wanted to do. My mum used to get people asking for my brother and I to model for them when we were really small, and would be asked to model from various people as I got older. For the longest time I didn’t take it to heart, but I got approached in the mall one day from a model scout which really clicked that modelling was a possible avenue for me. Of course, being as clumsy as I am, I lost their card! However I didn’t lose the motivation – I applied for castings and got involved with photoshoots soon afterwards.
2.At what age did you first start modelling
I started modelling at age 16 in Dubai, however it was on and off because soon I went abroad to go to a boarding school in England. I took modelling jobs sparingly as a result, but as soon as I got to college I did modelling jobs more often.
3.What was your first big break and how did it arise?
My big break was probably when I got asked to do eCommerce for a high-end fashion company in Dubai called Boutique 1, and I got asked by the head photographer. It was my first time in a big, white studio with lots of equipment and people – I was very nervous to say the least. Fortunately the people were lovely and they taught me how to pose and to relax. Seeing myself for the first time on a website made me feel really proud of myself! However, due to my having to travel to boarding school, this job couldn’t last.
4.What would you say is your biggest achievement so far?
My biggest achievement changes, as of late, is that I’m featured on 4 different magazines!
5.How do you like to stay fit?
I like to stay fit by taking different fitness classes and occasionally going for a run. I find that the gym gets a little monotonous after a while, so taking fitness classes keeps exercise interesting and fun. It’s also a great way to meet new people!
6.What’s your favourite food?
It’s so hard to pick one favorite food… But I would probably say sharwarma – I’m a Dubai girl at heart.
7.Any advice for people wanting to start modelling?
I would say don’t be phased by seeing incredibly tall, thin girls and assuming that is the entire modelling industry. The truth is the industry takes people of all shapes and sizes, so there’s a place for everyone!
8.What is the funniest thing that has happened to you recently?
I was part of a music video for a band called Diamond Days in Manchester, in which I had to dress up as a zombie, with fake blood all over me and a creepy contact lens in one eye. I was late catching my train back at about 10pm, and I didn’t get time to change out of this costume! So I had to awkwardly sit on the train whilst I made kids cry and had everyone stare at me. I’m pretty sure the ticket collector skipped me on purpose too! Note for all: want to get a free train ride? Dress up like a creepy zombie!
9.What’s song best describes you?
Confident by Demi Lovato. I was extremely shy and anxious growing up, always afraid of speaking to people and stepping outside of my comfort zone. The great thing about modelling is that you have to push yourself out of that bubble and you learn to be confident in yourself.
10.What would you be if you weren’t a model?
I would love to do something in marketing – I’m studying business right now and it’s my favorite topic.
11.Tell me something about you not many people know?
I’m a bit of a gamer. I grew up playing Runescape (I’m level 132), I love playing Arc and I’ve enjoyed playing The Witcher 3, Assassin’s Creed and loads of other games.
12.What do you like doing in your free time?
I love reading and going out with my friends.
13.What do you think is the most interesting thing about you?
It’s probably more weird, but I’m freakishly flexible! I can put my leg behind my head and walk with just my hands. Nobody expects it but I did do gymnastics and ballet when I was younger.
14.What was your nickname at school?
Mum! Because I worry about my friends and I’ve always got what they need, from medicine, tissues, water to food.
15.What three things do you need to be successful in this industry?
Commitment, motivation and the ability to handle criticism. There are times when you won’t feel up to doing a job, but you need to remember that you’re not the only one involved. You’re also going to get a lot of ‘no’, but you’ll find that ‘yes’ somewhere else – just keep going!
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