Our recent interview was with top fashionista and part-time model Lily Kabbaj!
Tell us a bit about yourself!
I’m a 20 year old marketing student from morocco, who is passionate about pretty much everything related to Art. I love to sing, act, and I also do Modeling as a part time job to help pay for my rather recurrent and expensive whims.
How did you first get into modelling?
Let’s just say that at age 15, I had this new camera and was just obsessed with self portraits that would eventually end up on Facebook. And some photographers ended up noticing me and asking me for test shots, and then it evolved to more professional and paid shoots.
Do you have any special beauty/gym regimes which help you stay prim and proper for modelling?
It is more difficult to maintain and stay in the modeling game than to get in in the first place, fresh and younger faces could easily fill your spot so taking care of your physique is very crucial! My beauty tips would be hydration, for your whole body, inside out. Drink loads of water, take care of your hair, you can find hundreds of masks online and always go with the more natural options because yes, natural oils will help your hair. Never sleep with that makeup on your face. And then of course, exercising regularly, I recommend Hiit. And finally, eating healthy, get your daily intake of fresh vegetables and fruits; it helps a lot with skin problems.
What is your most favourite shoot which you have done so far?
My favorite shoot so far is the one I did with my lovely and talented photographer Friend La Nada, in a very floral soft mood and I just fell in love with the result.
What is your most favourite item which you have worn whilst on a photo shoot?
I’ve had a lot of favorite items from jewelry to shoes during my shoots. I had the chance to work with awesome designers and lots of notorious brands. There’s this one Jumpsuit that I loved during a shoot for a magazine, and a Dior necklace I guess.
How would you describe your everyday style?
My everyday style is mixed, depending on my mood and the time I have, but in general I would say it’s casual. I love all ripped destroyed yet slim jeans and would always add that to any other girly/classy items to give it just a little rockish touch or that extra something. As I don’t feel comfortable with being too neat. Its all about balance. (haha)
If you could model for a fashion house of your choice, which would you choose?
How do you think Moroccan style differs from other countries? Is it your
Moroccan style is warm and welcoming. It’s often handmade and always timeless. it’s important to remember that while the modernized versions are beautiful, it’s the hand made that started it all, simple yet sophisticated, it makes any woman feel like a princess. Now they are starting to add Moroccan pieces to modern clothing, Caftan on ripped jeans, “tunique”, Babouchs… I personally I’m a big fan of the mixture; it is hip, unique, makes you easily stand out and at the same time, very comfortable.
What top tips do you have for those aspirational models out there?
My top tips would be;
· Train in front of the mirror and work on as much poses and angles as you can. Never be afraid to take risks on set, that’s what’s going to make you stand out;
· Exercise regularly;
· Put yourself out there on social media and publish as much photos that value your profile;
· Contact photographers interested in test shooting;
· Go to castings and make contacts with casting managers;
· And most importantly, Never give up!
With a models intellect, how would you say you can achieve the perfect ‘selfie’?
Perfect selfie ? High angle, eyes towards the camera and give’em your best angle.
Written By Darcey Rose