Our interview with gorgeous Wilhelmina UKmodel Ayesha Perry-Iqbal.
Ayesha is a Welsh Native and currently residing in sunny Los Angeles. Being the only Pakistani Plus model in the US presently, Ayesha has used her platforms in modeling, acting and social media to empower and encourage women to embrace their bodies at any size, color or shape. Having faced many obstacles and challenges during her journey, Ayesha has decided to start her blog for women to talk about relatable topics, current affairs, travel and fashion Inspo. Ayesha has worked with top brands such as FASHION NOVA, PRETTY LITTLE THING, BOOHOO, FASHION TO FIGURE, ME UNDIES, SAVAGE X, FENTY , FENTY BEAUTY , SWIMSUITS FOR ALL, FOREVER 21 to name a few.
Describe yourself in 3 words?
Empowered, Eclectic, outgoing
Who was your role model as a child?
My role model has always been my mum. She taught me all about fashion, life and encouraged me to always stand up for what I believe in.
What’s the first thing you do in the morning and the last thing you do at night?
I love to start my day and end it listening to music. In the morning I love fun and happy music and then in the evenings I go for some slow jams.
How did you get started in modeling?
I started modeling professionally 2 1/2 years ago.
Growing up I didn’t aspire to become a model, but instead be in the entertainment industry acting and doing theatre.
Then one evening I went for dinner with some girlfriends who were all plus models and they kept encouraging me to try modeling as well. So the next day my friend took my digitals and sent them out to agents and I got signed. That was when I really believed I could do it and decided to give it a real shot, especially because there are no other Pakistani curve models in the US. I wanted to represent for us.
How has modeling changed your life?
Modeling has given me a platform in which I have been able to use to inspire and speak out for women. It has put me in touch with other strong, intelligent and empowered women who also want to make a difference. And it has enabled me to travel all over the world which I am forever grateful for.
Now tell us about Channel 4 UK project “The Beach?”
I am so excited about the release of this project. I cant say to much at the moment, but lets just say, we are challenging societies image of ‘beautiful’ and changing peoples lives by showing them how to love their bodies just the way they are.
What is the most rewarding part of your work?
To have the opportunity to use my platform to encourage all women to accept and love themselves no matter how they look like. And also to inspire women to go for their dreams no matter what their background, ethnicity or size and shape.
The most important thing when you are shooting is?
When I’m on set, the most important thing is to have fun with it! Being yourself st work is the best thing one can do.
What’s your advice for the newer models?
For all the new models or for those who are contemplating getting into modeling, make sure its something you really want to do and don’t give up! Get your digitals and make sure you go out and work with different photographers and expand your portfolio. And ultimately the best thing I can share it to just be you unapologetically.
Who are some of your favorite models and designers?
I’m so grateful to be surrounded by so many wonderful women that many models have inspired me.
Some of the FAVORITE designers are Jeremy Scott and Rhianna. Both are doing great things in the industry, from creating fun fashion looks to taking risks with diversity on the runway.
Biggest beauty inspiration? Why?
Growing up I never had a beauty inspiration because the beauty and fashion industry never had women that looked like me or were relatable.
And now I feel that the beauty industry is expanding by using more diverse women that are relatable.
Today, Deepica Mutyala, founder of TINTED, promotes awareness for ethnically diverse women in the industry. And that’s what I strive to do and support as well.
How would you explain your fashion style and what items in your closet can you not be without.
I’m fashionably unfashionable because my style depends on my mood. Yet, I cannot live without a nice pair of golden-hooped earrings, a fanny pack and a nice fitted pair of jeans.
What would be a deal breaker on a first date?
A deal breaker on the first date would have to be:
– Bad breath
– Wedding ring.
What is the stupidest thing you’ve ever done?
The stupidest thing that I can remember is that I once put a glass dish in the microwave and it exploded.
How is a normal day in your life?
Every day is different, from shooting to castings to meetings and traveling – but I always have to make sure that I have an outfit that goes with my day, have breakfast, because you still have to live a happy healthy lifestyle, squeeze work out and answer my emails.
What is your idea of a perfect Sunday?
Three words: Church, brunch and chilling.
If you could meet someone living or dead, who would it be and why?
I’d love to have brunch with Gloria Allred because she is boss women that I respect, as well as all she does.
Best advice ever given?
The best advise that was given to me is, “if you want something – go grab it with both hands – the world is your oyster.”
Do you support any charity?
I support all charities that aid women that have gone through domestic violence.
Name 3 things you can’t live without?
Three things I can’t live without are: ice cream, facial wipes and Uber/Lyft.
Any future plans that you want to share with us?
I’ll be spending sometime in the UK for the TV show for ‘The Beach’ and you can follow all updates on my website and social media: ayeshapi.com
Where do you see yourself and your career in 5 years from now?
I see myself being happy, healthy and making significant changes for women in the fashion and entertainment industry.
Favorite song? Why?
Right now, my favorite song is “Wicked Game” by Kiana Lede
What music do you like?
The music that I like is a mix of Eclectic, Hip Hop, Musical Theater, Dancehall and Grime.
What do you think of Social Media?
I think social media is great if used for positive influence. It gives you a platform to speak out and make a difference and to touch many peoples lives all over the world.
It can also be extremely negative and cause you to question your life your looks, your happiness and your relationships that can result in mental breakdown.
Don’t let social media distract you form living in the present.
Where we can follow you?
Quote: “live your best life and don’t let anyone or anything stop you”
Favorite Singer/Artist: right now it’s Sabrina Cladio
Movie: Save the last dance
Travel Destination: New York City
Food: Italian and Jamaican
Drink: Ribena (its a british drink)
Sports Team: WALES RUGBY TEAM (I have to support my home)
Tv Show: Greys Anatomy
Book: Asa Akria – Insatiable